Anything you can do, I can do better! That MUST have been what was said by Monday’s pitcher to Sunday’s pitchers from game one, because they two-upped them! They threw a nine inning shutout over the Sounds in 6-0 fashion.
The offense broke out the bats with six runs across the second, third, and fourth innings, and tallied 12 hits in support of the four pitchers who combined for the shutout.
Josh Hader climbed the hill and went two scoreless from the starting position. Why two innings? Well to keep his innings under control. The southpaw gave up a hit, walked one, and struck out four. After Hader it was Wei-Chung Wang that delivered three scoreless and allowed a hit and walk while fanning three. Tristan Archer followed Wang with two scoreless, allowing two hits and notching one K. Tim Dillard wrapped things up on the bump with two innings. He allowed two hits and struck out two.
Garrett Cooper, Brett Phillips and Nate Orf loaded the bases with three straight singled to begin the second. Yadiel Rivera earned an RBI the hard way, by getting hit by a pitch from Paul Blackburn. Kyle Wren wrapped up the three run frame with a two-run single. Phillips’ sac fly in the third made it 4-0, and Wren and Ryan Cordell’s RBI knocks in the fourth made it 6-0.
Play of the Game –
The Sky Sox turned a nice 5-4-3 double play, and Kyle Wren had a couple of big hits and accounted for three RBI in the win. Either of those could’ve been worthy, but we have no video proof! So here’s a Brett Phillips two-bagger. He did go 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Today is a funny day… The Sox and Sounds square off in a pseudo doubleheader. They will resume Saturday’s game, which is 5-0 Nashville with two down in the bottom of the first and play it the full nine innings. They will then comeback a half-hour after that one is done and play a seven inning contest to round out the series. The preview for that one is below…
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (29-18) at Nashville Sounds (24-24) – 4:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-Hander Paolo Espino readies for start number nine with the Sky Sox and second of the season against the Sounds when climbs the hill at First Tennessee Park. He enters play 4-0 with a 3.22 ERA in eight PCL outings and has held opponents to a .260 batting average against. He’s allowed 16 runs on 54 hits, walked six and fanned 43 in 44.2 innings. Espino is coming off a start against the Baby Cakes that saw him DEAL over the first five innings, but also saw him give up four in the sixth and leave with the game tied. He made his big-league debut on May 19 where he went four innings for the Brewers at Chicago, he didn’t record a decision. He has won his last four PCL decisions and is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and has allowed 3 runs in 12 innings from two starts on the road.
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. 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 76-63 with a 3.71 ERA in 292 MiLB appearances, 192 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – May 24 – No decision vs. New Orleans –
Espino worked the first five innings rather flawlessly allowing one run, on a couple of hits, but the ‘Cakes responded with four runs in the sixth and knocked him out of the game. He did not factor into the decision and allowed five runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out three on 93 pitches, 64 of which went for strikes.
Sounds Starting Arm: Fellow righty Joel Seddon gets ready for the nightcap and will make his Triple-A debut in the process. In 11 appearances with Double-A Midland, Seddon went 2-1 with a save and a 4.50 ERA, allowing 22 runs on 40 hits in 38 innings. Only one of those appearances was from the starting role. He walked 16, fanned 32 and held Texas League opponents to a .261 batting average against. His last outing came in the form of a start on the road against Arkansas.
Seddon was selected by the Athletics in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of South Carolina. He hails from Port Huron, Michigan and has appeared in 92 career games, 41 of which have been starts. He has tallied a 21-20 record with two saves and a 4.41 ERA in his brief career.
Last Time Out – May 24 – No decision vs. Omaha –
Seddon made the first start of his season on the road against the Arkansas Travelers his last trip to the mound. He pitched into the fifth and gave up five runs on six hits, one of which was a homer. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out four on a season-high 72 pitches, 44 strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from First Tennessee Park beginning at 4:05 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 3:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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