Insert “Anchorman_BoyThatEscalatedQuickly.gif” here…That’s about the only way to describe the top of the seventh inning of Thursday’s matinee. The Sky Sox just took the 6-3 lead on Garrett Cooper’s first career grand slam and were riding high, but Sacramento put together a 13-run seventh and never looked back, winning 17-7. That’s right a 13-RUN INNING. The title of this blog says historic, and that’s exactly what it was. For the first time in the Sky Sox 30-year history an opponent put up 13 runs in an inning. Twelve runs in an inning had happened before, but never 13.
Here’s how it went down: walk, single, RBI double, two-run double, (pitching change), walk, walk, two-run double, sac-fly (1 out), hit by pitch, RBI single, walk,(pitching change), RBI single, two-run double, three run homer, ground out (2 out), walk, fielder’s choice (3 out). All told a mere 13 runs on 8 hits in one inning. The River Cats sent 17 men to the plate and wound up winning the contest 17-7.
Believe it or not, the game started out as a pretty good pitchers duel with Dan Slania and Brent Suter on the bump. The pace was rapid and the runs few and far between. The Cats took a 1-0 lead on an RBI triple in the second, while Colorado Springs notched runs in the second and fourth to take the 2-1 lead. Another two in the sixth gave Sac-town the 3-2 advantage before Cooper’s grand slam.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up seven runs on eight hits in the second day game of the week. There’s just something about day baseball that causes things to go awry isn’t there?
Garrett Cooper went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, a single and five RBI. The slam was the first of his career and it was HAMMERED on the first pitch he saw from Roberto Gomez in the sixth. It marks the seventh time he’s gone deep this season.
Lewis Brinson had a 2-for-4 day at the dish. He also scored a run.
Ivan De Jesus had a multi-hit game with two knocks.
Ryan Cordell went 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, RBI and a walk.
Andrew Susac picked up a single rounding out the Sox that picked up hits.
Eric Sogard reached twice via free passes in the contest.
Pitching Notes –
Brent Suter pitched into the sixth inning, but could not record an out while facing three hitters in the inning. Two of the three scored and his final line read: Three runs on seven hits, no walks and four strikeouts in five plus frames. He threw 71 pitches, 51 went for strikes.
Tyler Cravy, Tim Dillard, and David Goforth were all shelled in the 13-run inning. Cravy gave up four of the runs in one inning or work, Dillard got one out and allowed six runs, Goforth gave up three runs and recorded the final two outs of the inning.
Wei-Chung Wang worked a scoreless eighth.
Stephen Kohlscheen gave up a run in the ninth on two hits.
Play of the Game –
Cooper’s Grand Salami!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Fmr. Sox Pitching Coach Dyar Miller Pt. 2 –
Yikes. Yikes. Yikes. Let’s hope it’s a once-every-thirty-year thing as the Sky Sox look to bounce back tonight in game two.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (20-9) vs. Sacramento River Cats (13-20) – 7:00 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-Hander Paolo Espino climbs the hill on a Fireworks Friday tonight at Security Service Field. He should be well-rested after his start in the homestand opener was cut short due to rain. The 30-year old has made six starts in 2017 and has compiled a 3-0 record with a 2.94 ERA. He’s allowed 11 runs on 32 hits in 33 2/3 innings. Opponents have tagged him for five homers, he’s walked just three and struck out 34. He has won his last three decisions and is coming off back-to-back-to-back solid starts where he has combined to go 16 2/3 innings, allowed 2 runs on 10 hits, walked two and struck out 16 against the Sounds, Cubs, and Grizzlies, two of the starts at home, the other at Principal Park. Through four home starts the righty is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and has allowed 8 runs in 21 2/3 innings.
Espino was signed by the Brewers as a free agent in November, marking the fourth franchise he has been with. He was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round of the 2010 draft and spent the first seven years of his career there before joining the Cubs’ franchise late 2013. He was released by Chicago prior to the 2014 season and signed with the Nationals as a free agent where he pitched 2014-16. He has yet to crack the big leagues. Last season saw the 30-year old righty go 8-11 with a 3.30 ERA in 26 Triple-A starts with Syracuse. Espino is 75-63 with a 3.71 ERA in 290 MiLB appearances, 190 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – May 6 – No Decision vs. Fresno
Espino was dealing and had an 18-1 lead in his back pocket heading to the fifth, but the skies opened up and the game halted…for an hour and thirty-nine minutes. Thus, the righty was toast and couldn’t return. He went four innings and allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out five. He threw 62 pitches 38 of which went for strikes.
River Cats Starting Arm: Right-hander Tyler Beede is slated to make the seventh Triple-A start of his career and season. It will mark his first effort against Colorado Springs as well. The righty is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has allowed 14 runs (12 earned), on 27 hits in 32 innings. He’s walked 13 ans struck out 21 opposing batters which are hitting .231 against the Worcester, Massachusetts native. Over his last two outings he is 1-1, but has only allowed two runs on six hits across 11 innings against the Raniers on the road and the Aces at homer. In two road starts, Beede is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA allowing seven runs on eight hits, walking five and striking out six.
Beede enters the 2017 season as the Giants top prospect. He was selected by the San Fransisco Giants in the first round (No. 14 overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Vanderbilt University, the same year the Commodores took home the NCAA National Championship. He began his career in Rookie Ball for all of 2014, but accelerated to Double-A in his first pro season. 2016 saw the right make 24 starts for Double-A Richmond, he went 8-7 with a league-best 2.81 ERA. All told, in 58 Minor League starts, the righty is 15-19 with a 3.33 ERA.
Last Time Out – May 6 – Win vs. Reno
Beede climbed the hill and earned the win with five strong innings against the Aces. The righty allowed a run on three hits, walked two and struck out five on 88 pitches, 52 of which went for 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 7:00 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get fired up at 6:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,