Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snowwwwww! The Sky Sox used two three-run frames and another tally in the eighth, along with great pitching from Andrew Barbosa, Forrest Snow, and David Goforth to down the Cubs 7-3 Friday night at Security Service Field. BONUS: It was under three hours!
Barbosa made the spot start for Colorado Springs since Josh Hader was called up to the bigs and put in an awesome start. He was staked a 3-0 lead thanks to a three-run bottom of the third. Rene Garcia walked, a missed catch error and single later the sacks were packed full of Sox for Lewis Brinson. The centerfielder grounded into an RBI force out which put the home team on the board and Garrett Cooper cleaned up with a two-run double off the wall in center to make it a 3-0 game.
The Cubs wouldn’t go quietly and in a spat of what felt like deja vu, they tied it up with a three-run fourth. Chesny Young singled in front of Mark Zagunis who homered and shaved the deficit to 3-2. Victor Caratini and Taylor Davis singled against the southpaw and a wild pitch a few batters later allowed Caratini to score and tied the game.
The Sox bats bounced back in the home half of the fifth and scored another trip to take the lead for good. Kyle Wren singled and stole second with two down, then scored on Brinson’s double to left. Garrett Cooper followed with a single to plate Brinson and Ivan De Jesus greeted the new arm, David Berg, with an RBI single, 6-0 Sox.
Forrest Snow took the lead and ran away with his first Sky Sox win. He polished off his outing with three and one-third scoreless innings. He scattered two hits, walked two and fanned a pair. He was helped out by his defense, notably Nate Orf who ended the threat in the eighth with a phenomenal play on the shortstop’s side of second. The Sox added a run on a Kyle Wren single in the next half inning to make it 7-3.
David Goforth was the third and final pitcher used by Colorado Springs, he pitched a perfect ninth.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox bats have been putting up big numbers this whole homestand and that was no different Friday as they notched the seven runs on 11 hits. Three Sox picked up multi-hit games.
Garrett Cooper. Man, oh man…What a monster he’s turned out to be. He continues to stroke it well and added two hits and a walk to his resume last night. Oh and three RBI bringing his season total to 50. He’s hitting .359 on the season for Colorado Springs.
Kyle Wren filled the leadoff spot nicely with three hits in five trips to the plate. He scored two runs and added an RBI, his 23rd.
Ivan De Jesus tallied a two-hit game and added a walk, scored a run and drove in one too.
Lewis Brinson drove in a pair of runs and went 1-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.
Nate Orf went 1-for-4, Ryan Cordell 1-for-3 with a walk, and Rene Garcia 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
Pitching Notes –
Andrew Barbosa excelled in his first start of the season. He went 4 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (all in the fourth) on six hits, he didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. His one mistake was to Mark Zagunis who took him deep for a two-run shot in the fourth. He fired off a season-high 61 pitches, 41 of which were strikes.
Forrest Snow earned the win in relief with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He limited the Cubs to four baserunners on two hits and two walks and struck out a pair. He threw 53 pitches in his Sky Sox debut, 29 for strikes.
David Goforth was perfect in the ninth.
Play of the Game –
Nate Orf made an outstanding play to end the top of the eighth inning and kept the Sky Sox in front by a 6-3 margin. He took a ground ball on the shortstop side of second and HEAVED a bullet over to first to rob Taylor Davis of a base hit and the Cubs of a run.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox Manager Rick Sweet –
Tonight, the Sox and Cubs get set for an old fashioned doubleheader at Security Service Field. Come on out and see the first place Sox and I-Cubs square off in 14 innings across two games. The Cubs have Juan Paniagua going in game one and Johnny Wholestaff in game two, while the Sox will go with two righties, Taylor Jungmann in game one and Bubba Derby in game two. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (34-24) at Iowa Cubs (26-35) – 5:00 p.m. – Doubleheader
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the doubleheader opener and his first start with Colorado Springs in 2017. In two relief appearances he’s accrued a 1-0 record and a 1.08 ERA, allowing one run on five hits, walking six and fanning 14. PCL opponents are hitting .172 against the former first round pick. He opened the season with the Brewers and went two-thirds of an inning before being optioned to Double-A Biloxi. There he went 1-2 with a 4.36 ERA with the Shuckers in the Southern League. Jungmann’s first two appearances with the Sky Sox came on the road against Nashville and Oklahoma City.
Last Time Out – June 4 – Win in Relief at OKC –
Jungmann went four innings of scoreless relief and allowed just one hit, walked two and fanned eight. He threw 65 pitches, 36 went for strikes.
Cubs Starting Arm: Righty Juan Paniagua gets the call for the Cubs in the first game. He enters today’s game 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA in 10 PCL appearances, 3 of which have been starts. In 26 innings he’s allowed 15 runs on 30 hits, walked 14, fanned 17 and held opponents to a .297 batting average against. It will be his first appearance against the Sky Sox.
Last Time Out – June 5 – Loss vs. OKC –
Paniagua went the first five innings against the Dodgers his last trip to the hill on June 5. He took the loss allowing four runs on six hits; he hit a batter, walked three and struck out two on 84 pitches, 49 strikes.
Game Two Pitching Probables:
RHP Bubba Derby (2-1, 2.68 w/AA) vs. TBA
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Bubba Derby will make his Triple-A debut today in the second of the two tilts. He went 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 16 appearances, 1 start with the Biloxi Shuckers before his promotion. In 43 2/3 innings he gave up 13 runs on 32 hits, walked 15 and fanned 42. He was selected by the Athletics in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of San Diego State University and was acquired, along with catcher Jacob Nottingham, in the trade that sent Khris Davis to Oakland.
Last Time Out – June 5 – Loss at Mississippi –
Derby started for the first time in 2017 and took the loss despite allowing one run on two hits in six and two-third innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out nine Braves on 85 pitches, 58 went for strikes.
I-Cubs Starter: It looks like it will be a bullpen game for the Cubs in the second contest.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from Security Service Field beginning at 5:00 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 4:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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