Oops, they did it again! Colorado Springs trailed early, but responded with runs in the next half inning and never looked back, en route to the 8-5 win Tuesday morning at Security Service Field. The win completed the sweep of the Grizzlies and it marked their fifth in a row. Hiram Burgos pitched well enough to win, while the offense picked up double-digit hits for the fifth straight game.
Fresno plated two unearned runs in the second inning due to a misplay in right by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but the bats got three back in the bottom half. Tyler Heineman opened up the Sky Sox scoring with a two-run double and Kyle Wren capped off the scoring with an RBI single. From there, the Sox never trailed.
They added another in the fourth on an Ivan De Jesus single, another two in the fifth via an error on the first baseman and a wild pitch, and two more in the sixth on a walk and a passed ball.
Hitting Notes –
Kyle Wren went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI from the top spot in the lineup.
Eric Sogard followed suit with three hits and two runs scored from the two-hole.
No one else tallied a multi-hit game. The other four hitters to pick up knocks were De Jesus, Brett Phillips, Nick Noonan, and Tyler Heineman.
Pitching Notes –
All five of the runs allowed were unearned, thus the team ERA shrunk to 3.36.
Hiram Burgos improved to 2-2 with five solid innings through the mucky and miry weather. He allowed two unearned runs on six hits, walked three and struck out three.
The Archer, Oliver, & Blazek law firm wrapped things up on the mound and limited the Grizz to three unearned runs on three hits in four innings.
Play of the Game –
Kyle Wren’s RBI single in the second:
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Fresno 1B AJ Reed –
That series is now old news and the Grizzlies wont be seen again by the Sky Sox until 2018. Thanks unbalanced schedule! Now…The Sox look to keep it rolling and welcome the Sacramento River Cats into town for the first of four this morning, YES another morning game…
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (20-8) vs. Sacramento RiverCats (12-20) – 11:00 a.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Brent Suter gets ready to make his first back-to-back starts of the season today at Security Service Field. 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 eight times total, five times for the Brewers, three for the Sox. Suter last pitched in the road trip finale at Oklahoma City. 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. Today will be his first appearance of the season at Security Service Field. In 2016 he was 5-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 65.2 home innings.
Suter 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 37-33 with 4 saves and a 3.38 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 – May 5 – Win at Oklahoma City
Cinco De Mayo was good to Suter and the Sox as they bludgeoned the Dodgers 15-3 of Friday night. Suter took the hill and went the requisite five innings, allowed two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out five. He threw just 69 pitches, 44 of which went for strikes.
River Cats Starting Arm: Righty Dan Slania will take hit sixth turn in the rotation and seventh overall today along the front range. He enters play 0-4 with a 8.75 ERA in five PCL starts. His first start of the year came in Double-A where he tamed the Hartford Yard Goats. The 24-year old has allowed 23 runs on 35 hits, 6 homers, in 23 2/3 innings. He’s walked 12 and struck out 23 PCL hitters who are hitting .357 against the Phoenix, AZ native. He made two starts with Sacramento a season ago, neither of which came against the Sky Sox. In three road starts with the River Cats he’s 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA.
Slania was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Notre Dame. In four-plus seasons he has compiled a 19-23 record with a 3.67 ERA. In two 2016 starts with Sac-Town, the righty went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He was also selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 42nd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Salpointe Catholic High School in Tuscon, Ariz., but did not sign. He has yet to make his big league debut.
Last Time Out – May 5 – Loss at Fresno
Slania went six innings against the Grizz and gave up five runs on 10 hits in his fourth PCL loss of the season. He gave up a homer to Preston Tucker, walked two and struck out three on 87 pitches, 57 of which were strikes in a game he and the ‘Cats lost 5-1.
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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