First things first…HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of the mothers out there. We thank you so much for everything you have done, are doing and continuing to do to impact our lives each and every day!
Look back to last night –
Sacramento just seems to have Colorado Springs’ number in this series as they have plated a combined 28 runs on 34 hits in is two wins, Thursday and Saturday. Yes, that’s right, the River Cats took down the Sox 11-2 Saturday night and have a chance to win the series with a victory in the finale today, Mother’s Day at 1 p.m.
The Sky Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to a Ryan Cordell two-run blast against right-hander Joan Gregorio. BUT THAT WAS IT offensively for Colorado Springs. They would go on to collect three more hits in the game, but never more than one per inning.
The same could not be said for the River Cats. After not getting a hit against Brandon Woodruff in the first two innings, they scored a run on three hits in the third and plated 10 runs across the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings en route to the nine-run win.
Jae-Gyun Hwang cut the ‘Cats deficit to one with an RBI single in the third and put them in front with a two-run homer in the fifth, a truly WILD inning. After the homer Woodruff walked a pair of hitters, but was disrupted by a delay. Why the delay, you ask? Snakes. Yes, two serpentine critters caused a delay. And not the garter snake that paused the Sacramento/Reno contest a few days ago, but two BIG reptiles, one about three feet, the other four to four and a half feet. There’s clearly something about the River Cats that attracts snakes, spooooooky.
Anyways after the situation was resolved Woodruff recorded the second out of the inning via a strikeout, but was pulled for Andy Oliver. The lefty gave up a two-run double to the first man he faced and the ‘Cats led 5-2 after five. An Austin Slater three-run home upped the lead to 8-2 in the sixth and two RBI knocks by Juan Ciriaco and Slater in the seventh made it the final score of 11-2.
Play of the Game –
For the Sky Sox the play of the contest was most certainly Ryan Cordell’s two-run homer in the first inning. Unfortunately, I don’t make the highlights around these parts and there’s no video of the blast. The video is of Hwang’s homer in the fifth (his first blast in American professional baseball), so here you go!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Garrett Cooper –
Moving right along to the homestand finale, where the Sky Sox will look to even up the series with the River Cats and finish their time at home with a 6-2 record. \
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (21-10) vs. Sacramento River Cats (14-21) – 1:00 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Josh Hader takes his eighth trip to the mound this season and enters 3-2 with a 4.54 ERA. The southpaw is making his second start of the homestand after facing the Grizzlies in the rain delayed game on May 8. He gave up 3 earned runs on 3 hits in five-plus innings. He has faced the twice Redbirds and Omaha, Iowa, Oklahoma City, Nashville and Fresno once in his seven outings this season. Hader got the opening day nod and earned the win with five innings of one-hit ball. The only downside was that he walked five, but struck out six. The Millersville, Maryland native has not faced the River Cats in his career and is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA at Security Service Field this season.
He enters the season rated as the Brewers’ top pitching prospect by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. BA labels him as the second prospect in the org behind Lewis Brinson and Pipeline tabs him as the third best prospect behind Brinson and Corey Ray, and the 36th prospect in all of baseball. The lefty will make his 22nd start in a Sky Sox uniform when he climbs the hill tonight at Security Service Field. The 23-year old is in his 6thprofessional season after originally being selected by the Orioles in the 19thround of the 2012 draft out of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland. The Astros sent RHP Bud Norris to the Orioles in exchange for Hader in July 2013 and the Brewers acquired him from the ‘Stros in the Jul 30, 2015 deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to Houston for Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana. The lefty is 27-26 with five saves and a 3.14 ERA in 122 career outings, 90 of which have been starts in five-plus professional seasons.
Last Time Out – May 8 – No Decision vs. Fresno
Hader worked into the sixth inning, but could get an out in the frame. He finished five-plus and allowed three runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out a season-high eight on 91 pitches, 54 of which went for strikes.
River Cats Starting Arm: Lefty Michael Roth is tabbed to get the start against the Sky Sox in the finale of the four-game series and eight game homestand. He will make his first appearance of the season against the Sox after squaring off against them four times in 2016. Across his first eight games of the season (five starts) he has allowed 19 runs (15 earned) on 42 hits in 27 2/3 innings. He’s walked nine and struck out 15 opposing hitters who are batting .347 against the southpaw.
In his four appearances against the Sky Sox a year ago with the Round Rock Express, he went 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA allowing 6 runs on 13 hits, 6 walks and 11 strikeouts in 19 innings over three starts and one relief appearance. He threw a complete game shutout over the Sox on 6/26. Roth is in his first season with San Francisco and with his fourth organization overall. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the 9th round of the 2012 draft out of the University of South Carolina. He made his MLB debut less than a year later and took home the win in relief on 4/13/2013. Following his release by the Angels in 2014 he signed with the Indians and made 31 appearances with their top affiliate Columbus. In 117 MiLB games he is 39-29 with a 3.67 ERA and in 23 MLB games he is 2-1 with a 8.50 ERA.
Last Time Out – May 8 – No decision vs. Reno
Roth worked into the sixth and allowed one run on five hits to the Aces. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out five on 95 pitches, 67 of which were strikes. He’s made four starts in a row.
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 1:00 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get fired up at 12:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,