Well, after the thrilling 1-0 affair from Friday night, the Sox had a little let down in the Saturday night tilt that ended 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning due to rain. The Sox now sit at 4-4 on the road trip and hold a three-game lead over the Dodgers in the PCL American North Division.
The game began as a pitcher’s duel (of course) with the Triple-A rookie Brandon Woodruff throwing for the Sky Sox and veteran righty Fabio Castillo going for the Dodgers. Both arms threw up zeros in the first two frames, but the Dodgers struck first for two in the third against Woody. O’Koyea Dickson connected on a two-run blast, the 15th of his season (also a league-high), and boom just like that 2-0 Dodgers.
The Sox offense had no answers as they mustered just one hit against Castillo over his four inning outing. Justin Marks picked up where the starter left off and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out three.
The bottom of the sixth saw the Dodgers plate another pair on back-to-back doubles by Dickson and Scott Van Slyke and a Mike Freeman RBI single, all against Woodruff. The single ended the starters night and Tim Dillard was summoned from the Pen. He gave up a single and a walk to load the bases, but that would be all as the skies opened up and rain halted and ultimately ended play.
Play of the Game –
O’Koyea Dickson is mashing this season, here’s his PCL leading 15th dinger of the season.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and David Goforth –
The Sox divisional lead now sits at three with a chance to get it to four if they can squeak out a win in today’s game. Josh Hader against Justin Masterson. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (31-21) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (28-24) – 1:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Josh Hader will take his 12th trip to the mound this season when he climbs the hill in Bricktown this afternoon. He enters 3-4 with a 5.58 ERA. The southpaw is 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA in six road starts allowing 16 runs on 23 hits, 8 of the 14 homers allowed have been away from Security Service Field. In total he’s given up 32 runs on 48 hits in 50 innings. The Brewers love to take great care of their pitchers and keep innings under a watchful eye so Hader went two scoreless against the Sounds in his last start. His velocity was up and his command really good. The Millersville, Maryland native has one start against Oklahoma City this season, a win on May 3 in which he gave up three runs on five hits, in six innings. Two of the hits were homers, one by Dickson, the other by Bobby Wilson. He walked two and fanned four.
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 27-28 with five saves and a 3.27 ERA in 126 career outings, 94 of which have been starts in five-plus professional seasons.
Last Time Out – May 29 – No Decision at Nashville –
Hader went the first two innings and limited the Sounds to a hit and a walk, while striking out four. He threw 39 pitches, 24 of which went for strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Righty Justin Masterson will oppose Hader and the Sox today in the series finale. The 32-year old is 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA, good enough for third in the PCL. He has logged 10 outings, nine starts, and has allowed 23 runs, 18 earned, on 39 hits in 54 1/3 innings. Four of the hits have been homers, he’s hit five batters, walked 20 and fanned 55 while keeping opponents at a .194 batting average against. He has never faced the Sky Sox in his career.
It has been quite the journey for Masterson who was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2006 draft out of San Diego State University. He pitched with Boston’s organization from 2006 until he was traded to the Indians in 2009. He pitched with Cleveland until 2014, then th eCardinals, back to the Red Sox and spent last year in the Pirates minor league system. The Dodgers mark his fifth organization. Masterson became the first Jamaican born pitcher in MLB history when he made his debut for the Sox on April 24, 2008. In 95 minor league games, 57 starts, the righty is 24-19 with a 3.87 ERA and in 258 MLB games, 184 starts, he is 64-74 with a 4.31 ERA. He has not pitched in the bigs since 2015 with the Red Sox.
Last Time Out – May 28 – Loss at New Orleans –
Masterson had the shortest outing of his nine starts this season and gave up five runs (3 earned) on three hits, including a homer, over three and two-third innings. He walked three and struck out three Baby Cakes, throwing a total of 86 pitches, 56 of which went for 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 1:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 12:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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