Colorado Springs used three homers and outblasted (that’s a word, right?) the Oklahoma City Dodgers 6-3 in game two of the four game set, Wednesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The win marked the second in a row for the Sox and third of the lengthy road trip for the Sox.
Lewis Brinson opened the scoring with a leadoff blast in the first frame against OKC righty Wilmer Font. It’s the third time in Brinson’s brief tenure with the Sox that he’s hit a leadoff homer (1 in 2016, 2 this season). The lead was short lived as the Dodgers powered up and took the lead of a two-run homer by O’Koyea Dickson in the bottom of the first.
Johnny Bench, I mean Bobby Wilson increased the OKC lead to 3-1 with a solo homer in the second inning against Josh Hader, but that would be all the offense would produce for the home team. Hader and Tim Dillard combined to shutout the Dodgers over the next seven innings, allowing for a nice little comeback.
Said comeback began in the fifth when Andrew Susac powered up and crushed a two-run homer to tie it at three apiece. The lead was regained for good in the sixth when Brett Phillips singled in Garrett Cooper, the lone run producing hit that wasn’t a homer in the entire game. Leading 4-3, Ivan De Jesus followed Phillips and put the exclamation point on the tilt with a two-run homer, his first of the season. 6-3 final.
Play Of The Game –
Pick a dinger, any dinger! Here’s Brinson’s leadoff blast –
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox Pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen –
Due to the quick turnaround, we’ll hop right in to this morning’s contest against the Dodgers…It’s BRUNCH at the Ballpark! Who doesn’t love that?!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (15-7) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (12-13) – 10:05 a.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Hiram Burgos readies for his third straight start this morning in Oklahoma City. He continues to get in a rhythm and routine in 2017 which had been stalled by Matt Garza and Mother Nature. Burgos is coming off the best outing of his season and is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA, allowing 5 earned runs on 16 hits in 15 1/3 innings. His win came against Iowa in his last trip to the hill, a game that saw him throw five-scoreless innings. The righty is a well rounded veteran pitcher that throws strikes, has a very good curve ball and any team would be so lucky to have him on the roster. This will be his first start against the Dodgers this season, after he made three against them a season ago. In those three outings, Burgos went 1-1 and allowed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits, walked seven and struck out 13 in 18 innings. His best outing was seven scoreless, one-hit innings at Bricktown on August 25.
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 162 minor-league appearances to the tune of a 48-48 record with a 3.81 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 – 4/28/2017 – Win at Iowa
Burgos returned to his 2016 form with five scoreless innings against the Cubs last Friday night. He earned the win, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out a season-high seven batters. He threw a season-high 78 pitches and 49 of them were in the zone for strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Right-hander Fabio Castillo gets the nod for the home team in the third game of the four-game set. He enters play having made two appearances for Oklahoma City and five combined appearances between Double-A Tulsa and the Dodgers. Through the five appearances he is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA, but broken down, in two games with OKC (one start) Castillo is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA. He started against the Cubs on April 8 and gave up five earned runs in four innings. He did log a scoreless outing of two innings against the Redbirds his last trip to the hill on April 23rd.
Castillo is a journeyman at the age of 28, pitching in his 12th professional season with his sixth different franchise. He, like last night’s starts Wilmer Font, was signed as an international free agent by the Texas Rangers and pitched in the system for seven seasons before joining the Giants, Orioles, Reds, Padres and now Dodgers. In 340 minor-league games (51 starts) Castillo has accrued a 32-52 record with a 4.49 ERA. He has made two appearances against the Sky Sox and is 1-0 allowing 2 runs in 3 1/3 innings. The two appearances happened with Round Rock in 2012 and Fresno in 2013.
Last Time Out – April 23 – Relief appearance vs. Memphis
Castillo rebounded in his return to the Triple-A ranks with two scoreless innings against the Redbirds in which he allowed one hit and struck out one. He was around the zone and threw 20 pitches, 16 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 Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 10:05 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Wake Up going at 9:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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