Travel day, show and go… no problem for the Baby Cakes as they jumped on the board with three in the first and held on for the 7-2 win over Brandon Woodruff and the Sky Sox Tuesday night at Security Service Field. For Woodruff it was his third rough outing in a row, all of which have resulted in losses and for the Sox it snapped their streak of two straight wins.
New Orleans began the game with three straight singles and led 1-0 just like that. A sacrifice fly and throwing error on Woodruff completed the scoring in the inning and the Sox had their work cut out for them right out of the gate. Unfortunately, ‘Cakes starter Stephen Fife was up to the task.
The Sox loaded the bases, but could not score in the bottom of the first and were retired in order in the second. The two teams exchanged runs in the third, with the ‘Cakes scoring on a Brandon Barnes RBI single and Colorado Springs getting on the board with a Ryan Cordell double.
The fourth is where the highlight of the night occurred and history was made. Stephen Fife began the frame with a double to left-center, Peter Mooney singled him to third and brought Steven Lombardozzi to the plate. The second baseman hit a sharp grounder to third, fielded by Noriega who threw to second. Fife then took off from third and Ivan De Jesus threw home where Rene Garcia applied the tag on Fife for out number two. Garcia then rifled a throw to first where Kirk Nieuwenhuis had Lombardozzi off the bag heading toward second. Captain Kirk won the footrace and tagged the runner out for the last out of the triple play. The TP was the fourth in franchise history…More on that later.
After that excitement the Baby Cakes would score a run in the fifth, sixth, and ninth innings, while the Sox mustered one more in the sixth. 7-2 was the final.
Hitting Notes –
After piling up 11 runs on 18 hits in the finale of the Albuquerque series, the Sky Sox knocked in a pair of runs on nine hits in the opener against the ‘Cakes.
Yadiel Rivera had a 2-for-3 night with a run scored and reached a third time on a walk. He was the lone Sox player to reach three times.
Brett Phillips picked up the other two-hit game for the Sox with a pair of singles, he too had a run scored.
Ryan Cordell and Kirk Nieuwenhuis each had an RBI double as their lone hits.
Kyle Wren, Gabriel Noriega, and Nate Orf each picked singles in the loss.
Pitching Notes –
Brandon Woodruff hit a speed bump for the third straight time and took the loss against New Orleans. He pitched five and two-third innings and allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits; he walked a pair and fanned three on 90 pitches, 54 for strikes. His ERA has elevated from 2.77 to 3.40 over his last three outings.
Wei-Chung Wang allowed an inherited runner to score, but struck out three and walked one in a hitless four-out appearance.
Tim Dillard went the final two and allowed an unearned run on two hits while striking out two.
Play of the Game –
The Triple Play of course! It was the fourth turned by the Sox in the franchise’s 30 year run…The first was June 23, 1988, the second May 22, 1990, and the most recent was August 14, 2014.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Michael Blazek –
Give it to the ‘Cakes, they came out and stole the opener of the series and obviously you can throw out their record (worst in PCL) and batting average because they came to play! Tonight the Sox look to bounce back and get back to 10 games above .500. On to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (25-16) vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (16-29) – 6:40 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Josh Hader takes his tenth trip to the mound this season and enters 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA. The southpaw is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four home starts allowing 8 runs on 16 hits, 2 of the 10 homers allowed have been at Security Service Field. In total he’s given up 24 runs on 38 hits in 45 innings. Last time out he gave up four runs on seven hits in four and one-thirds to the Isotopes. He has faced the twice Redbirds and Omaha, Iowa, Oklahoma City, Nashville, Fresno, Sacramento and Albuquerque once in his nine 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 took on the then Zephyrs on July 3, 2016 and gave up eight runs on eight hits in four innings.
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 27-27 with five saves and a 3.17 ERA in 124 career outings, 92 of which have been starts in five-plus professional seasons.
Last Time Out – May 19 – Loss at Albuquerque –
Hader allowed four runs on seven hits, including a home run, in four and one-third innings against the Isotopes on Friday night in the Duke City. He walked a pair and struck out five on 92 pitches, 53 of which went for strikes.
Baby Cakes Starting Arm: Fellow left-hander Kelvin Marte is slated to throw for the Cakes in round two. He’s been a reliever for the majority of the season and will make just his third start of the year. In total he is 0-1 with a 4.34 ERA, allowing 17 runs on 27 hits, three homers, in 29 innings. He has walked 18 and fanned 26 while opponents are hitting .252 against the lefty from the Dominican Republic. As a starter, Marte is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings in two starts. Away from the Big Easy he’s 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA, he’s coming off five scoreless against the 51s. He’s faced the Sox one time in his career and is 0-1 allowing 6 runs on 10 hits in an August 16, 2014 matchup at Fresno.
Marte was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent prior to the 2007 season and has pitched for the Giants, Pirates and now Marlins Organizations. He made his big league debut for the Pirates in 2016 and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two MLB games. In 226 MiLB games, 113 starts, he’s 52-31 with 5 saves and a 3.43 ERA.
Last Time Out – May 19 – No Decision vs. Las Vegas –
Marte took the mound for the second time as a starter and did nothing, but throw five scoreless innings and limit the 51s to the two hits. He walked a pair and fanned four on a season-high 76 pitches, 49 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 6:40 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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