Mother Nature made her presence felt for the third time in as many games at Security Service Field as rain moved in around 5:30 and delayed the start of Monday’s game two hours and eleven minutes. That’s right, first pitch was at 8:51 p.m. and pushed the total amount of delays in the series to four hours and twenty five minutes, but it didn’t seem to bother Josh Hader and the boys too much as they came back twice two defeat the Grizzlies 12-5.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, Colorado Springs picked up a solo homer from Andrew Susac, his third in four games, to tie it and manufactured three more runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Hader faced his former organization and dazzled, allowing a run in the second, but settling in for three more scoreless innings after. He held the three-run lead in the sixth, but walked the first man he faced on four pitches and gave up another free pass to Preston Tucker to end his outing. Tyler Cravy came on and gave up back-to-back jacks in a blink, a three-run homer to Derek Fisher, and a go-ahead solo shot to Max Stassi and just like that Fresno gained the 5-4 advantage.
The rain would return in the seventh and so would Colorado Springs’ bats. The first two of the home seventh reached, Garrett Cooper walked to load the bases for Brett Phillips who, on a 1-2 pitch, golfed a single over the head of the first baseman and plated a pair, 6-5 Sox. That would be enough to win it, but the bats kept churning out knocks, adding two more runs in the seventh and another four in the eighth.
The Sky Sox picked up double-digit hits for the fourth-straight contest with 14 knocks Monday night. Over the last four games the offense has put up 53 runs on 66 hits and has outscored the opposition 53-18. Holy Moly. The run differential is up to a mere +80, 182 scored to 102 given up.
Play of the Game –
Phillips’ two-RBI single in the seventh proved to be the game-winning hit for Colorado Springs. He went down and got a 1-2 pitch from Jordan Jankowski and lifted it just high enough over the leaping first baseman for a hit plating two.
For a little visual pop, here’s Andrew Susac’s solo homer in the third:
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Fresno Pitching Coach Dyar Miller –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (19-8) vs. Fresno Grizzlies (13-19) – 11:00 a.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Hiram Burgos has the unenviable task of starting back-to-back morning games for the Sox when he takes the hill at Security Service Field. He is making his fourth start in a row, after getting off to a slow, staggered start. Burgos is coming off a tough outing in OKC where he took the loss and gave up six runs on six hits in five innings. His win came against Iowa on April 28, 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. He has yet to face the Grizzlies in his career. He is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings at home across three outings and is 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA in five games this season.
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 – May 4 – Loss at Oklahoma City
The force was not with Burgos his last trip to the mound as he took the loss and gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits to the OKC Dodgers. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out four on 79 pitches, 55 of which went for strikes.
Grizzlies Starting Arm: Right-hander Casey Coleman is prepped for the second start of his season with the Grizz, his first on the road. He enters 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA picking up the win over Sacramento on May 3, but yielded four runs on seven hits, including a homer.
He was signed by the Astros out of the Atlantic League, from the New Britain Bees, and is back in affiliated baseball after choosing free agency at the end of the 2016 season and missing the start of this season. He pitched for Tacoma and Durham in Triple-A last year and accrued a 4-1 record with four saves and a 2.59 ERA in 40 games across three levels. Coleman was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2008 draft and has compiled a 55-31 record with 11 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 235 minor league games. In 58 MLB games Coleman is 8-13 with a 5.72 ERA.
Last Time Out – May 3 – Win vs. Sacramento
Coleman returned to the PCL and picked up the win. He went the requisite five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, a homer; he walked three and struck out four on 91 pitches, 57 strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of today’s game from Security Service Field at 11:00 a.m. Sky Sox Wakeup will get fired up at 10:30 a.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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