The last two day games have certainly not gone as planned for Colorado Springs between the 3-2 loss in Iowa on Monday and yesterday’s 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Yesterday’s was all Dodgers early, as they shot out of the game with six runs over the first three innings, with some sprinkling in of Sox runs, one in the fourth, the other in the eighth.
Hiram Burgos climbed the hill for the Sox and allowed the six runs, five earned, across the first three innings before settling in to finish five innings. It was a Willie Calhoun triple and O’Koyea Dickson sac fly in the first and a hit by pitch, single, wild pitch that mounted the run in the second.
Oklahoma City really seemed to salt away the game with a four-run third. Trayce Thompson singled through the shift to spark the rally and Calhoun doubled him to third before the second out was recorded. After Dickson struck out swinging, Brett Eibner walked and Alex Verdugo singled in a pair to make it 4-0. Darnell Sweeney kept the two-out magic going with an infield single to second which, aided by an error on Nate Orf scored the final two runs of the game for the home team and it was 6-0.
Fabio Castillo was very good and didn’t allow a Sox hit until the fourth, a Garrett Cooper solo homer, 6-1 OKC. Castillo would finish five innings in his best performance of the season and the bullpen helped him lock down the first win of his year with four solid innings. The second Sox run was tallies with two down in the eighth when Eric Sogard reached on a missed catch error and scored on Kyle Wren’s triple, making it the final score of 6-2.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox had six baserunners in nine innings yesterday…Count them…SIX…Three hits, two walks, and one reached on an error. That’s not going to get it done in a lot of games and certainly didn’t yesterday.
Garrett Cooper went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and walk and was the lone Sox to reach base twice. The homer was his fourth of the season, his second of the solo variety.
Kyle Wren had an RBI triple in the contest and went 1-for-4 from the leadoff spot.
Tyler Heineman had the other knock for the Sox, a two-out single in the fifth.
Brett Phillips was the second recipient of a walk, his only time on base.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos went the first five frames and was tagged for six runs (five earned) on six hits, he walked one and struck out four on 79 pitches, 55 of which went for strikes. He labored through the first three innings, but managed to retire the final six men he faced on the hill. His record drops to 1-2 and he now holds a 4.43 ERA.
Wei-Chung Wang and Tristan Archer combined for three scoreless innings allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out three combined.
Play of the Game –
Coopaloop’s Home Run, of course!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Fmr. Sox/Rox, current Dodger Charlie Culberson –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (15-8) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (13-13) – 6:05 p.m. MST
LHP Brent Suter (1-1, 3.38) at RHP Tim Shibuya (1-0, 2.13 in 3G w/AA Tulsa)
Sky Sox Starter: Brent Suter gets ready to make his second start of the season when he takes the hill tonight in Bricktown. He, like Hiram Burgos, has been affected by Mother Nature and extra-curricular circumstances and has had a stop-and-go start to his season. The lefty has pitched seven times total, five times for the Brewers, twice for the Sox. Suter last pitched out of the pen on Monday and took the loss in the day game against the Iowa Cubs. His one start was a dandy, he limited the sounds to four hits across five scoreless innings. The Ohio-native began the season in the Brewers bullpen and appeared has appeared in five games. He gave up four runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. The lefty had a breakout season last year, earned a call to the big leagues and made 14 appearances with the Brewers to end the season. He went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 21 2/3 innings with Milwaukee.
In 26 appearances (15 starts) with Sky Sox he tallied a 6-6 mark with two saves and a 3.50 ERA. In 110 2/3 innings he gave up 45 runs on 129 hits, struck out 75 and walked just 14. He was the most delightful surprise here in 2016. Suter was selected by the Brewers in the 31st round out of Harvard University. In 120 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 36-33 with 4 saves and a 3.72 ERA covering six seasons. He is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 19 MLB appearances, two of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – 5/1/2017 – Loss in relief at Iowa
Suter relieved Paolo Espino in the seventh inning of Monday’s game and was only able to record one out while allowing two runs on two hits. He certainly was NOT helped out by the three throwing errors that were committed behind him. He threw just 16 pitches, 8 of which were strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Righty Tim Shibuya (…shibuya, shibuya, shibuya roll call) gets the call up from Tulsa and the nod in the series finale tonight in Bricktown. He had made three appearances, two starts/one relief, for the Drillers and had compiled a 1-0 record with a 2.13 ERA. His last outing was comprised of three and two-third scoreless, one hit innings against the Arkansas Travelers on April 25. He has already been on the disabled list twice this season, once from April 15-23, and the other from April 26-today. Through 12 and 2/3 innings with the Drillers, Shibuya has yielded three runs on nine hits, hit one batter, walked three and struck out six. Opponents in the Texas League are hitting .196 against the Los Angeles native.
The 27-year old was originally selected by the Twins in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft out of UC San Diego and spent the first five seasons with the Twinkies before being released prior to the 2016 campaign. The Dodgers picked him up in April of last season and had him throw across three levels (A+/AA/AAA) to the tune of a 5-6 record and 3.61 ERA in 24 appearances, 18 starts. He made one relief for the Dodgers against the Iowa Cubs in April and allowed three runs on four hits in three innings. All told, over six-plus seasons, the righty is 32-23 with four saves and a 3.57 ERA in 134 outings, 66 starts. He has yet to face the Sky Sox and has not made his MLB debut.
Last Time Out – April 25 – Relief appearance vs. Arkansas
Shibuya’s last outing came out of the Tulsa Drillers’ ‘pen against the Travelers for three and two-third scoreless innings. He held the opposition to a hit, hit a batter and struck out four. He threw 42 pitches, 34 of which went for strikes in a game the Drillers lost 3-2.
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 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Wake Up going at 5:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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