Woof. That’s the best way for Colorado Springs to describe the opening game of the four-game set against El Paso after losing 10-5. For the fourth game in a row the Sox scored first, but for the third time in a row they lost. The three-game stretch is the longest losing streak of the season, matching the streak during games 4-6 of the season.
Yadiel Rivera jolted a pitch from the Pups’ Walker Locket and took it wayyyy over the wall in left-center for a two run homer in the second inning and the Sox were up 2-0. Not only would the lead be short-lived, but the offense would go cold over the next five frames as well.
El Paso jumped on the board in the same frame with four straight singles by Jabari Blash, Christian Villanueva, Rafael Ortega, and Diego Goris leading to three runs. The Sox did commit two errors in the frame, three on the night, bringing the two-game total to seven.
The El Paso bats heated up again in the third with a Carlos Asuaje two-run homer and an RBI single off the bat of Diego Goris and held a 6-2 lead after the third. The 10-run attack was capped off with back-to-back jacks in the fourth, a 3-run homer by Jabari Blash and a solo shot by Villanueva.
The Sox would get three runs over the last two innings courtesy of Kyle Wren’s first homer of the season, a solo homer in the eighth, an RBI groundout by Ryan Cordell and an RBI single from Wren.
Hitting Notes –
Colorado Springs picked up their five runs on 10 hits. The top two in the order had multi-hit games, but that was it.
Kyle Wren went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs batted in. The blast marks the first of his season and the sixth of his career.
Ivan De Jesus hit second in the lineup and collected two hits and scored a run.
Yadiel Rivera crushed a two-run homer in the second, the second in 28 games this season. He had two in each of his last two seasons, spanning 118 games in 2016 and 140 games in 2015.
Ryan Cordell had a single and an RBI.
Lewis Brinson, Tyler Heineman, Rene Garcia each had a single, while Brett Phillips collected a triple.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos had a rough night on the bump. He allowed all 10 El Paso runs on 12 hits in four innings of work. He walked 2, struck out 2 and gave up 3 homer runs on 86 pitches, 50 of which went for strikes. The 10 runs allowed are the most since Burgos’ first professional outing with the Helena Brewers against the Missoula Osprey on June 27, 2009.
Tyler Cravy and Andrew Barbosa combined for four shutout innings, allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one.
Play of the Game –
For the Sox the highlight was Yadiel Rivera’s two-run smash that got the Sox on the board in the second inning, but for MLBAM they cut the Blash blast…Enjoy?
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Yadiel Rivera –
The Sky Sox certainly hope that round two goes a little bit differently than round one did a night ago…
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (21-12) vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (18-20) – 6:35 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Michael Blazek gets the spot start for Colorado Springs tonight due to the Brewers recalling Brent Suter yesterday. The Las Vegas native will make his second start and twelfth appearance of the season. He has given up five runs on twelve hits, walked eight and fanned 12. Opponents are hitting .240 against the righty. He has not faced the Chihuahuas in his career. His first start came on April 21 against Memphis. He threw three scoreless and limited the Redbirds to two hits and two walks while striking out three.
Originally selected by the Cardinals in the 37th round of the 2007 draft, Blazek has pitched for both the Cardinals and Brewers organizations. He is 39-42 with 15 saves and a 4.12 ERA in 228 minor league outings, 89 of which have been starts, and 8-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 104 MLB games.
Last Time Out – May 12 – Relief appearance vs. Sacramento –
Blazek gave up a run on three hits in one inning of work against the River Cats. He threw 30 pitches, 18 went for strikes.
Chihuahuas Starting Arm: Matt Magill gets the call for the Chihuahuas in what will be his eighth start of the season. The righty comes in with a 2-3 record and a 3.40 ERA allowing 18 runs (15 earned) on 35 hits, 6 of which have left the park; he’s hit 4 batters, walked 12 and struck out 27. Opponents are hitting .235 against the 27 year old. He has made one start against the Sox, August 20, 2014 at Security Service Field. He did not factor into the decision and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, he walked three and struck out three.
Magill was drafted by the Dodgers in the 31st round of the 2008 draft out of Royal High School in Simi Valley, California. He finds himself with the third organization of his career as he pitched with the Dodgers through 2014, the Reds 2015-16, and now the Padres. In 205 MiLB appearances, 124 starts, he is 56-35 with four saves and a 4.02 ERA. In 11 MLB games the righty is 0-2 with a 6.47 ERA.
Last Time Out – May 11 – Loss at Memphis
Magill took the loss against the Redbirds, despite pitching into the sixth inning. He allowed six runs on seven hits, three homers, walked three and struck out four. He threw a season-high 100 pitches, 62 of which went for strikes in a game the Chihuahuas lost 6-4.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from Southwest University Park at 6:35 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,