Sox Scribbles: Espino Does It All, Sox Roll 14-4 in Opener…Quick Turnaround Sends Woodruff to Bump This Morning Against Memphis

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Lewis Brinson chipped in with a 4-for-6, 5 RBI game in the series opener against the Redbirds Tuesday night at Security Service Field. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

How does a nice 14-4 win over the Memphis Redbirds in the opener of a four-game series and eight-game homestand sound for the Sky Sox? Not too shabby, right? Well it happened Tuesday night and the Sox improved to 8-3 through the first 11 games of the season for the first time in franchise history. That’s right, 29 years of the Sox prior to 2017 and none of them started the season 8-3, so congrats to this year’s squad on getting that done.

How did they get it done? You can figure that out by reading the full recap HERE.

Due to the quick change to Wednesday morning’s game, I won’t go into lengthy detail…We’ll just jump to…

One of the Many Plays of the Game – 

Lewis Brinson’s three-run homer in the six-run third:

Pregame Interview – 

Dan Karcher caught up with Sky Sox lefty Josh Hader:

Colorado Springs has won five straight games and they are 4-1 at the friendly confines of Security Service Field. Let’s get to this morning’s preview and see who’s on the mound in hopes of keeping it going…

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (8-3) vs. Memphis Redbirds (7-6) – 11:00 a.m. MST

Game Notes / Listen Live at 10:30 a.m.

RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Mike Mayers ( 1-1, 5.59) – Rematch of the April 14 game at AutoZone Park

Sky Sox Starter:

Sky Sox Starter: Brandon Woodruff climbs the hill for the third time this season, and career appearance number two against the Memphis Redbirds. His first two starts of the year have been dazzling. He has yet to yield an earned run across 11 1/3 innings and has allowed only six hits, while walking three and striking out nine. He has shown great command, held opponents to a .154 batting average against him and is getting 15 groundouts for every 10 air outs. Not too shabby.

The righty had a tremendous 2016 season in which he combined to go 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA in 28 starts between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi. He allowed 51 runs (47 earned) on 121 hits in 158 innings. He walked 40 and struck out a Minor League best 173 opposing hitters. Drafted by the Brewers in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of Mississippi State, Woodruff has compiled a career record of 21-18 with a 2.93 ERA. He is rated as the 7th best prospect and the labeled as the pitcher with the best fastball in the Brewers organization.

Last Time Out – 4/14/2017 – Win at Memphis 

Woodruff remained undefeated and upheld his unblemished ERA with five strong innings against the Redbirds at AutoZone Park. He allowed an unearned run to cross the plate in the first inning (without the benefit of a hit) and then settled in to polish off his outing with four scoreless frames. He finished five allowing just one hit, walking three, hitting a batter, and striking out five. Of the 86 pitches he threw, 52 were in the zone for strikes.

Redbirds Starting Arm: RHP Mike Mayers (pronounced Myers) will face the Sky Sox for the second straight start when he makes his third trip to the hill. He is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA through two starts. He lost his last start against the Sox at home and collected the victory over New Orleans on April 9. The righty faced off against the Sox twice a season ago and went 0-1 in the starts allowing 5 runs on 14 hits in 12 innings. He walked five and struck out nine, one start came at home, the other on the road for the Grove City, Ohio native. Those are his only two starts against the Springs in his career.

He was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Mississippi. He made his big league debut on July 24, 2016 against the Dodgers at Busch Stadium and was dealt the loss recording four outs, and allowing 9 runs on 8 hits. He gave up two homers to Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick. He would also make three relief appearances in September and earned his first MLB in against the Pirates. The righty is  21-30 with a 3.67 ERA over his first 75 minor-league outings spanning his first four-plus professional seasons.

Last Time Out: 4/14/2017 – L vs. Colorado Springs

The righty could not complete the fifth inning in the Redbirds’ 3-1 loss to the Sky Sox. He went 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits; he walked one and struck out five. The Sox scored two runs in the third and another in the fourth. Ryan Cordell took the righty deep with a two-run shot in the third. Mayers threw 88 pitches and was around the zone a bunch with 62 strikes.

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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field in Colorado Springs at 11:00 a.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets going at 10:30 a.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

@Dan_Acheson

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