Home. Sweet. Home. Colorado Springs wrapped up its lengthy road trip with a 15-3 drubbing of the Dodgers and lets just say they didn’t leave the bats in Bricktown…Oh no, the Sox brought them home and again they brought them out in the first inning and crushed their way to a 19-7 victory over Fresno in the opener of the four-game series and eight-game homestand.
Believe it or not, Fresno actually held a 1-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a Jon Kemmer solo homer against Paolo Espino, but then it was allllllll Sky Sox. For the second night in a row Colorado Springs put up four in the first and three in the second. Unlike Friday, the Sox only put up two in the third (instead of six), but bounced back with a NINE RUN FOURTH. Yes, that’s right NINE RUN FOURTH. It was 18-1 after four innings, looking more like the betting odds of “Patch” in The Kentucky Derby, rather than a baseball score.
After the nine-run. half hour-plus bottom of the fourth, the skies opened up, the hail and rain came down, the tarp came out and play was halted for one hour and thirty-eight minutes. Three outs short of an official game. It should also be noted that the game started under a 15-minute delay do to a bit of a travel glitch with the Grizzlies coming into town.
The unfortunate casualty of the rain delay was Sky Sox starter Paolo Espino who allowed one run over four innings before the rain, had a 17 run lead, but fell three outs short of qualifying for the win.
Following the pause in action Fresno’s bats woke up and plated six runs over the fifth and sixth innings, the Sox got one more in the bottom of the sixth and the rest of the game went chalk.
Tim Dillard went the final three in scoreless fashion to pick up the win.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox hit a lot.
Pitching Notes –
They pitched well, too.
Just a couple of notes from Team Historian Chris Moyer –
Combined with the 15 runs, 21 hit attack from Friday (so 34 runs, 42 hits) –
- First time where back-to-back 15-run games which involved a road game followed by a home game.
- First time in Sky Sox franchise history, where the Sky Sox had 20 or more hits in back to back games.
- First time in franchise history where the Sky Sox won by 12 runs in back-to-back games.
The 17-8 record through 25 games equals the best start through 25 games in Sky Sox history (Also 17-8 in 1997.)
Not too shabby, our thanks to Chris as always.
Play of the Game –
It’s pretty tough to choose, but since there’s visual evidence, let’s go with Brett Phillips’ two-run blast in the nine-run fourth –
Pregame Interview with Sky Sox PR Director Nick Dobreff –
Quick turnaround from the late finish last night to the 1:30 start time today so let’s dive right into the probable pitchers.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (17-8) vs. Fresno Grizzlies (13-17) – 1:30 p.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Brandon Woodruff is set to make his sixth start of the season, fourth at home, when he climbs the hill against the Grizz this afternoon at Security Service field. He remains unbeaten after five starts with a 2.22 ERA. He faced the Dodgers his last trip to the mound and allowed three runs on seven hits across six innings. He left in line for the win, but the game was tied in the ninth and went 14-innings. In total he has allowed 9 runs (7 earned) on 23 hits, he has walked 6, struck out 23 and given up two homers. Woodruff has shown great command, held opponents to a .221 batting average against and has a 1.03 ground out to air out ratio. He has yet to face the Grizz in his career and is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA at the friendly confines of SSF.
The righty had a tremendous 2016 season in which he combined to go 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA in 28 starts between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi. He allowed 51 runs (47 earned) on 121 hits in 158 innings. He walked 40 and struck out a Minor League best 173 opposing hitters. Drafted by the Brewers in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of Mississippi State, Woodruff has compiled a career record of 23-18 with a 2.97 ERA. He is rated as the 7th best prospect and the labeled as the pitcher with the best fastball in the Brewers organization.
Last Time Out – May 2 – No decision at Oklahoma City
Woodruff pitched well enough to get the win, but the bullpen gave up the tying runs and the game finished 8-6 Sox in 14 innings, thus no decision for the right-hander. He allowed a run in the first, second, and sixth innings on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six. Fifty six of his eighty pitches went for strikes in a game that was 4-3 Sox when he left and 6-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh.
Grizzlies Starting Arm: Right-hander Edison Frias will also take his sixth turn in the rotation for Fresno. He comes to the Front Range with a 1-2 record and 5.40 ERA, allowing 20 runs (14 earned) on 29 hits; he’s walked 15 and struck out 16. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .302 against the 26-year old from the Dominican Republic. He has faced Reno twice, Las Vegas twice, and Salt Lake once on the season. Through two road outings Frias is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA allowing 11 runs (5 earned) on 14 hits, 7 walks and 4 strikeouts. He has never faced the Sky Sox in his nine career PCL starts.
Frias has been with the Astros for the entirety of his career after being signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011. He has weaved his way through the system and started the season at Triple-A for the first time in his career. Through 93 career appearances, 69 of which are starts, Frias has compiled a 35-21 record with one save and a 4.07 ERA. Today marks hit 10th career Triple-A start.
Last Time Out – May 1 – No decision at Reno
Frias climbed the hill against the Aces at Greater Nevada Field and was tagged for seven run, just two earned, on eight Aces hits in four innings of work. He walked a pair and struck out three on 79 pitches, 48 of which went for strikes. Despite giving up the seven runs he didn’t factor into the decision because the prolific offense scored 11 runs on 16 hits to bail him out.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field at 1:30 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get fired up at 1:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,