Sox Scribbles: Mother Nature Washes Out Weekend…Sox and Cubs Ready for Rubber Match This Morning

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Paolo Espino takes his unblemished 3-0 record to the hill today in Iowa. The Sox are in search of their fourth straight series win. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

Rain, rain, go away, come back never ever ever again during baseball season please and thank you. That’s how that nursery rhyme goes, right? Well, Mother Nature decided to give the Sky Sox and Cubs the weekend off with back-to-back rainouts and now the two teams get set to settle the series with the rubber match this morning at 11 a.m…

The last game played was a dandy if you were in the Sox dugout, not so much for Iowa fans and players. The 7-0 shutout delivered by four Sox pitchers brought the series even at 1-1 through its first two games. Colorado Springs used Hiram Burgos and company to limit the Cubs hitters to just seven hits over the nine innings.

The Sox bats were hot in the first and they held a 1-0 lead two batters in. After the first it was 4-0 good guys and pretty much over from there. They added another two in the fourth and the seventh run in the sixth capping off the big night at the dish. The shutout marked the first of the season for the Sox and first since September 1, 2016 when they blanked New Orleans (then the Zephyrs) 4-0.

Full Recap Here

Play of the Game – 

Eric Sogard had a big night and drove in three runs for Colorado Springs. He had an RBI double in the first, which put them up 1-0. In the fourth he stroked a two-run single which put the game truly out of reach at 6-0.

Pregame Interview – 

Dan Karcher caught up with Brandon Woodruff, enjoy!

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (13-6) at Iowa Cubs (10-12) – 11:08 a.m. MST

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

RHP Paolo Espino (3-0, 3.42) at RHP Williams Perez (0-3, 10.93)

Sky Sox Starter: Right-Hander Paolo Espino gets the call in today’s series finale in Des Moines. The 30 year old has made four starts in 2017 and has compiled a 3-0 record with a 3.42 ERA. He’s allowed 9 runs on 26 hits in 23 2/3 innings. Opponents have tagged him for three homers, he’s walked just two and struck out 23. He has won his last three starts and is coming off the best outing of his season, where he went six and two-third scoreless innings against the Sounds at Security Service Field.

Espino was signed by the Brewers as a free agent in November, marking the fourth franchise he has been with. He was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round of the 2010 draft and spent the first seven years of his career there before joining the Cubs’ franchise late 2013. He was released by Chicago prior to the 2014 season and signed with the Nationals as a free agent where he pitched 2014-16. He has yet to crack the big leagues. Last season saw the 30-year old righty go 8-11 with a 3.30 ERA in 26 Triple-A starts with Syracuse. Espino is 75-63 with a 3.72 ERA in 288 MiLB appearances, 188 of which have been starts.

Last time out – April 23 – Win vs. Nashville

Espino turned in the best performance of the young season when he shutout the Nashville Sounds across six and two-third innings at Security Service Field. He was outstanding and limited the Music City mavens to 4 hits, he walked one and struck out five and needed just 80 pitches to maneuver his was through, 51 went for strikes.

I-Cubs Starting Arm: Williams Perez was a late addition to today’s game. He gets the start against Colorado Springs. It was originally listed as righty Seth Frankoff.

Lineups

Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa at 11:08 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Wake Up 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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