All good things must come to an end, and for the Sky Sox two streaks came to a close yesterday as they split a doubleheader with the Memphis Redbirds. The visitors took game one 5-1, the Sox won the second game by the same margin. With the loss Colorado Springs’ six-game win streak came to an end, and with his 0-for-4 performance in the nightcap, Garrett Cooper’s 12 game hitting streak came to a close as well.
Play of the Game(s) –
Lewis Brinson’s solo smash in game two:
Pregame Interview –
Dan Karcher and Rick Sweet sat down for another edition of “Sweet 16”:
The Sky Sox bid adieu to the Redbirds and welcome in the Nashville Sounds, the top affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, for the first of four this afternoon at Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (10-4) vs. Nashville Sounds (5-9) – 4:00 p.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Hiram Burgos will make just the second start of his season tonight against the Nashville Sounds. Matt Garza took his spot in the rotation the last time around, and Hiram was called upon out of the bullpen once during the Memphis series. Burgos opened the season with a loss to Omaha on April 9. He pitched into the fourth inning and gave up four runs in an 8-3 loss. The righty is a well rounded veteran pitcher that throws strikes, has a very good curve ball and any tea would be so lucky to have him on the roster. The former Nashville Sound went 0-2 against his former squad a year ago allowing 8 runs on 12 hits in 8 innings. One of the starts was at First Tennessee Park.
He is in 9th season in professional baseball, all of which have been in the Milwaukee system. Last season he notched 10 wins, which marked the first time a Sky Sox pitcher got to double digit wins since Alan Johnson won 10 in 2010. He was also proficient at picking runners off of first base, nabbing 13…13! pickoffs in his 27 appearances. He was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman University and has made 160 minor-league appearances to the tune of a 47-48 record with a 3.85 ERA and 6 MLB starts in which he has gone 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2013.
Last time out –
Burgos, because of Matt Garza and Mother Nature was forced to pitch in a relief role against the Redbirds on April 18th and logged 5 outs in scoreless fashion, gave up a hit and struck out a pair.
Sounds Starting Arm: The Nashville Sounds will counter with a veteran of their own, righty Chris Smith, in the opening game of this four-game set. Smith is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA after two starts this season. He faced the Sox and took the loss his last time to the mound on Easter Sunday. Smith took on the Round Rock Express on April 10th and recorded two outs in the fourth before he was lifted. The 36-year old Smith is in his second season with the Sounds. He faced Colorado Springs three times last season, twice at First Tennessee Park and once in the Springs. He finished 1-0 and allowed 4 runs on 13 hits in 18 innings across the three outings. He walked two and struck out 11 Sky Sox. On August 3rd he pitched in with six scoreless innings. He advanced to Oakland and appeared in 13 games out of the bullpen giving up 9 runs (8 earned) on 14 hits in 24 2/3 innings.
The righty was originally selected by the Red Sox in the 4th round of the 2002 draft and has pitched in the Boston, Milwaukee, Seattle, San Diego, and Oakland systems. He has made 63 appearances in the Bigs and is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 92 1/3 innings. Over his lengthy minor-league career Smith is 54-56 with 61 saves and a 3.91 ERA in 303 career appearances, 154 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out: April 16 – L vs. Colorado Springs
Smith and Josh Hader squared off in an Easter Sunday special and both pitched well in a 5-1 outcome that favored the Sox. Smith took the loss allowing 2 runs on 7 hits, a walk and 5 strikeouts across 5 innings. He threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of today’s game from Security Service Field in Colorado Springs at 4:00 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets going at 3:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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