The best laid plans, as they say…Last night’s game was cruising, I mean CRUISING through the first five innings. I think it took all of 1:25 to play the first five frames, maybe less. Brandon Woodruff was in search of his fifth straight win of the season and Trevor Oaks took his sub-two ERA to the hill for the Dodgers and the pitcher’s duel was on. But then the game slowed wayyyyy down and thanks to a ninth inning homer by Bobby Wilson the teams punched their tickets for extras. In the end it all worked out for the Sky Sox as they plated two in the top of the 14th and locked down the 8-6 win with a scoreless bottom half.
The Dodgers jumped in front with runs on a Brett Eibner triple in the first and the first of Wilson’s two solo homers in the second. Colorado Springs took the lead with a three-run fourth as Brett Phillips doubled home two and Nate Orf hit the go-ahead sac fly two batters later.
The Sox picked up another run in the fifth on another Phillips double, but the Dodgers got one back in the sixth when Alex Verdugo scored on a Trayce Thompson single, cutting the Sox lead to 4-3.
On paper you could see how the game was going to be awesome from the start with the arms of Woodruff and Oaks going. Woodruff left in line for the victory after six innings of work in which he allowed three runs on seven hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out six. Oaks went the first five and gave up four runs on eight hits, a walk and struck out four. Not too shabby from each righty.
The Sox increased their lead to 6-3 without the benefit of a base hit in the seventh inning. Lewis Brinson walked, Eric Sogard reached on a fielding error, and Ryan Cordell walked to fill em up. Garrett Cooper hit a sac fly, 5-3, and Sogard scored on a wild pitch, 6-3. Oklahoma City then used four hits after the stretch to plate a pair of its own and trailed 6-5 heading to the eighth. Wilson tied it with a solo homer in the ninth and to extras we went.
Nothing in innings 10-13 really escalated, but the Sox regained the lead for good with a pair in the top of the 14th. Garrett Cooper was on first with two down for Ivan De Jesus who tripled him home for the go-ahead run. Next, was Stephen Kohlscheen making just his third career at-bat…He battled and poked a single into center plating De Jesus, adding insurance, 8-6 Sox. Kohlscheen then retired two to start the bottom of the inning before giving up back-to-back hits, the second of which caromed off his leg and ended his outing. Michael Blazek wrapped it up on the bump and retired Thompson to end the game.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox picked up the 8 runs on 17 hits and got 10 of those 17 knocks from hitters 2-5 in the lineup, talk about heart of the order production!
Brett Phillips had a big night, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored before being lifted as part of a double switch. His average has been lifted to .314 with his 7th multi-hit game of the season, his third with two extra-base hits.
Ryan Cordell chipped in with a three-single night, he also reached a fourth time on a free pass and scored a run. His average ballooned to .296 with the knocks in his eighth multi-hit affair of the season.
Eric Sogard went 2-for-7 with a double and two runs scored. He’s continuing to spray the ball around the yard to the tune of a .284 average.
Garrett Cooper had two hits in six ABs, added an RBI on a sac fly and scored a pair of runs. He continues to ride high above .300 at .318, now has six multi-hit games and has reached base safely in 19 of 21 games this season.
Kyle Wren was a late addition to the game, part of the double switch that removed Phillips from the contest, but he made the most of hit and smacked two hits in three trips, putting him above .300 at .305.
Lewis Brinson had one hit, walked twice and scored a run. His average sits at a decent .343. He’s hit safely in all eight road games he’s played in this season and has reached in his last 17 road games, dating back to August 23, 2016. He’s got a hit in 15 of 16 games this season.
Ivan De Jesus delivered the go-ahead triple in the 14th inning for his one hit in two ABs. It marks his fifth RBI and second triple of the season.
Yadiel Rivera went 1-for-6 with a walk on his 25th birthday and is above .300 too at .313.
Brandon Woodruff picked up his second Triple-A hit and Stephen Kohlscheen delivered an RBI single in the 14th inning for his first professional hit and RBI. How about the pitcher’s spot getting it done!
Woodruff was as advertised and earned himself a quality start. He gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings, didn’t walk anyone and struck out six. He threw 80 pitches, 56 of which went for strikes. His ERA inflated a touch to 2.22.
Andrew Barbosa pitched for the first time since April 27 and lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out two. He’s logged an inning total over his last two appearances after picking up seven innings in his first four outings combined.
Tyler Cravy recorded four outs in scoreless fashion.
David Goforth felt the wrath of Bobby Wilson’s game tying solo homer in the ninth inning, but went five outs.
Andy Oliver gave the Sox a much needed two and one-third scoreless innings, scattering two hits and striking out three.
Stephen Kohlscheen brought home the win and was one out away from finishing the game before a sharp single caught him off the leg and he had to be removed. He went 5 outs and recorded two Ks.
Michael Blazek picked up his first save of the year when he dismissed Trayce Thompson to end the game.
Play of the Game –
In a game like this the play of the game is more often than not the hit(s) that win it! So for that we go with Ivan De Jesus’ RBI triple and Stephen Kohlscheen’s RBI single in the top of the 14th inning.
Here’s a little eye candy from Lewis Brinson for you though…
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Orioles Special Assignment Scout Dave Machemer Pt. 1 –
After the marathon series opener last night, the Sky Sox and Dodgers tangle in game two of the four-game series tonight at The Brick. Colorado Springs will trot out lefty Josh Hader against the Dodgers’ righty Wilmer Font.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (14-7) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (12-12) – 6:05 p.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Josh Hader and his 2-2 record take the mound at Bricktown in the second game against the OKC Dodgers. The southpaw faced the Cubs his last time out and did not record a decision on April 27. He gave up 5 earned runs on 4 hits in four and two-thirds innings. He has faced the twice Redbirds and Omaha, Iowa, and Nashville once in his five outings this season. Hader got the opening day nod and earned the win with five innings of one-hit ball. The only downside was that he walked five, but struck out six. The Millersville, Maryland native has faced the Dodgers once in his career. He took the loss at Bricktown allowing 5 runs on 4 hits in 4 innings of work on August 27, 2016.
He enters the season rated as the Brewers’ top pitching prospect by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. BA labels him as the second prospect in the org behind Lewis Brinson and Pipeline tabs him as the third best prospect behind Brinson and Corey Ray, and the 36th prospect in all of baseball. The lefty will make his 18th start in a Sky Sox uniform when he climbs the hill tonight at Security Service Field. The 23-year old is in his 6thprofessional season after originally being selected by the Orioles in the 19thround of the 2012 draft out of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland. The Astros sent RHP Bud Norris to the Orioles in exchange for Hader in July 2013 and the Brewers acquired him from the ‘Stros in the Jul 30, 2015 deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to Houston for Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana. The lefty is 26-26 with five saves and a 3.10 ERA in 120 career outings, 88 of which have been starts in five-plus professional seasons.
Last Time Out – 4/27/2017 – No decision at Iowa
Hader faced the Cubs at Principal Park and couldn’t make it the requisite five innings against the Cubs. The lefty went four and two-thirds and was tagged for 5 runs on 4 hits, 2 of which were homers, he walked 3 and struck out 5. Mark Zagunis took him deep for a solo homer and Ian Happ hit a grand slam. He threw 88 pitches, 53 of which went for strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Righty Wilmer Font is slated to make the sixth start of his season tonight against the Sky Sox. He’s tallied a 2-2 record with a 5.11 ERA allowing 14 runs on 25 hits across 24 2/3 innings. He walked 7 and struck out 33, while opponents are hitting .253 against him. The Venezuela native is coming off a win at Werner Park where he went 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He has squared off against the Redbirds twice and Omaha, Nashville, and Iowa once.
Font was signed out of La Guaira, Venezuela by the Rangers in 2006 and pitched for them for the first eight years of his career. He made his big league debut for Texas in 2012 and has five games in the majors under his belt where he has gone 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 3 1/3 innings. Since, he’s played in the Blue Jays organization in 2016 and now the Dodgers here in 2017. Overall in 183 career appearances, 85 of which were starts, he is 30-23 with a 3.73 ERA. He has never faced the Sky Sox.
Last Time Out – April 28 – Win at Omaha
Font turned in his first solid outing in three starts and worked into the sixth and allowed a run on 5 hits to the Storm Chasers. He didn’t walk anyone for the first time this season and struck out 7 in five and two-third innings. He threw a season-high 98 pitches, 68 went for strikes.
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 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Wake Up going at 5:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,