The game began with a bang, and ended with one too as Lewis Brinson took Brock Stewart deep in the first and Yadiel Rivera blasted off with a solo homer to kick off the final frame in the Sky Sox 6-3 win over the Dodgers in the series opener. The lead pushed Colorado Springs’ lead to three games in the division over both OKC and Omaha.
It wasn’t all homers for the Sox as Nate Orf tripled and scored on a Rivera single to make it 2-0 in the second. Brent Suter enjoyed the two-run lead, but couldn’t hold it as the home team came storming back. Max Muncy doubled and scored on a Charlie Culberson single in the second to make it 2-1. A run in the fourth on a Alex Verdugo double and Trayce Thompson single made it 2-2 before the teams exchanged runs in the 5th, creating a 3-3 game. Brinson’s second homer was the run for Colorado Springs and three straight singles against Suter tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.
The game remained tied until the eighth when Brett Phillips connected on a two-run homer against Chris Heston and gave the Sox the lead for good. The blast was the third of the night for the Sox and the lone multi-run blast. Rivera’s solo shot upped it to 6-3 and David Goforth locked down his second save of the season with a perfect ninth.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox used a season-high four homers to blast past the Dodgers, and scored six runs on 11 hits in total. The team had previously crushed three homers in three games this season, but never four.
Lewis Brinson returned to the leadoff spot in the lineup and tallied three hits, two homers and a single. It marked the second time this season that Brinson led off a game at Bricktown with a homer. He picked up two RBI in the tilt too.
Brett Phillips went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a single. The blast was his 11th of the season and the only one that brought home multiple runs for the Sox.
Nate Orf went 2-for-3 with a gift triple down the line in right, before he was lifted as part of a double switch. He scored a run.
Yadiel Rivera had a two hit and two RBI day. He smacked an RBI single in the second and solo homer in the ninth. The homer is the third of his season, the most he’s had in a campaign since 2014.
Ivan De Jesus and Garrett Cooper added singles to round out the offense.
Pitching Notes –
Brent Suter climbed the hill, but did not factor into the decision. He went the requisite five innings, but was tagged for three runs on eight hits and left with the game tied. He walked one and struck out a season-high seven Dodgers on 92 pitches, 60 of which went for strikes.
Tyler Cravy earned the win in relief with two scoreless innings. He allowed a hit, walked one and fanned two.
Wei-Chung Wang tossed a scoreless eighth and worked around a walk.
David Goforth wrapped up the game on the bump with a perfect ninth.
Four innings, one hit, three pitchers out of the pen. Not bad production by the bullpen boys.
Play of the Game –
Pick a homer, any homer…How about two for the price of one! Here are Brinson’s two homers from last night.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Rick Sweet –
The Sky Sox enjoyed the 6-3 win last night and get right back to action in Bricktown tonight. They now have a three game lead over the Dodgers, and now the Omaha Storm Chasers who have found their way into a second place tie, for the divisional lead. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (30-20) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (27-23) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Michael Blazek readies for his fifth start of the season, his fourth in a row, and third appearance against the Dodgers. The Las Vegas native has no record and a 2.33 ERA through his first 14 appearances of the season. He has given up seven runs on 21 hits, walked 14 and fanned 27. Opponents are hitting .216 against the righty. He has been outstanding as a starter allowing two runs on 11 hits in 16.2 innings. His last three starts have come on the road.
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 4.06 ERA in 231 minor league outings, 92 of which have been starts, and 8-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 104 MLB games.
Last Time Out – May 28 – No Decision at Nashville –
Blazek has been rolling as a starter and turned in the best start of his season against the Sounds in Music City his last time out. He went 5 2/3 innings and allowed a run on three hits. He walked a pair and struck out seven on a season-high 83 pitches, 55 of which went for strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Righty Wilmer Font is slated to make the eleventh start of his season tonight, and second against the Sky Sox. He’s compiled a 3-3 record with a 4.42 ERA through his first 10. He’s allowed 26 runs on 47 hits across 53 innings, with 12 walks and a PCL-high 78 strikeouts. Opponents have tagged him for five homers, but are hitting .228 against him. He faced the Sky Sox on May 3rd and did not factor into the decision, allowing three runs on four hit, he walked one and struck out nine. Lewis Brinson took him deep with a leadoff homer and Andrew Susac hit a two-run bomb in the fifth. The Sox won the game 6-3. The Venezuela native is coming off two starts where he has no recorded a decision. He was named PCL pitcher of the week last week and has 30 strikeouts in 3 starts.
Font was signed out of La Guaira, Venezuela by the Rangers in 2006 and pitched for them for the first eight years of his career. He made his big league debut for Texas in 2012 and has five games in the majors under his belt where he has gone 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 3 1/3 innings. Since, he’s played in the Blue Jays organization in 2016 and now the Dodgers here in 2017. Overall in 188 career appearances, 90 of which were starts, he is 31-24 with a 3.74 ERA.
Last Time Out – May 26 – No Decision at Albuquerque –
Font did not get a decision against the Isotopes his last time out. He pitched six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out five on a season-high 100 pitches, 67 of which were 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 Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark beginning at 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 5:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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