Due to terrific pitching and prolific hitting the Sox were able to fly the W twice last night at Security Service Field, winning both ends of the doubleheader over the Iowa Cubs 8-1 and 11-0.
Game one featured a great pitching performance from Taylor Jungmann and a four-run fourth inning that all but sealed the deal for the Sky Sox. The righty went six innings and allowed one run in the first inning and That. Was. It. He may have turned in the best home start of his Sky Sox career and limited the Cubs to the one run on four hits, he walked four and fanned three.
The Sox offense got rolling with a four-run fourth inning that began with an RBI triple off the bat of Ryan Cordell. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in a pair with a single and Kyle Wren’s walk with the sacks packed capped off the scoring in the third. Two more runs crossed the plate in the fifth and six innings upping the score to its final of 8-1.
Game Two saw the Sky Sox jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first and never look back, thanks in part to Bubba Derby’s stellar Triple-A debut. The righty went the first six innings in scoreless fashion and picked up the win while dispensing a mere 65 pitches, 49 of which went for strikes. He was OUTSTANDING. Welcome to the Springs, Bubba!
Nate Orf got the scoring going with an RBI triple two batters into the game and Kirk Nieuwenhuis knocked him in with an RBI single to make it 2-0. The bats broke out again for another two runs in the fifth thanks to a Ryan Cordell opposite field homer and polished off the Cubs with a seven-run sixth which included another two-run homer by Cordell.
Plays of the Doubleheader –
Ryan Cordell had a MONSTER day and picked up six hits in the two games. He had two homers, a triple, a double and two singles. His two blasts are our plays of the game.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Forrest Snow –
Quick Turnaround to this afternoon’s series finale so lets dive right in…
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (36-24) at Iowa Cubs (26-37) – 1:30 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Left-hander Brent Suter gets the call for Colorado Springs in the final game of the four-game series against the Cubs. He is starting to get in a groove now after his season was affected by Mother Nature, MLB rehab assignments and extra-curricular circumstances that have led to stop-and-go start to his season. The lefty has pitched 13 times total, five times for the Brewers, eight for the Sox. Suter will make his fourth start in a row this afternoon. He is coming off a no decision against the Express where he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Ohio-native began the season in the Brewers bullpen and appeared has appeared in five games. He gave up four runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. He enters with a 1-0 record at home, accompanied by a 5.06 ERA as he’s allowed nine runs on 19 hits in 16 innings at Security Service Field. He came out of the pen to face the Cubs on May 1 and recorded an out while giving up two runs on two hits and took the loss.
Suter had a breakout season last year, earned a call to the big leagues and made 14 appearances with the Brewers to end the season. He went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 21 2/3 innings with Milwaukee. In 26 appearances (15 starts) with Sky Sox he tallied a 6-6 mark with two saves and a 3.50 ERA. In 110 2/3 innings he gave up 45 runs on 129 hits, struck out 75 and walked just 14. He was the most delightful surprise here in 2016. Suter was selected by the Brewers in the 31st round out of Harvard University. In 126 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 38-33 with 4 saves and a 3.43 ERA covering six seasons. He is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 19 MLB appearances, two of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – June 6 – No decision vs. Round Rock –
Suter threw a season high 97 pitches and worked into the sixth inning against the Express at Security Service Field. He allowed five runs on nine hits, including one homer, didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven. Fifty seven of his pitches went fro strikes in the no decision.
Cubs Starting Arm: Right-hander Aaron Brooks gets the call for Marty Peavy’s club in game four of the four-game series. He enters with a 3-4 record and 6.35 ERA through his first twelve starts, allowing 52 runs (47 earned) on 88 hits in 66 2/3 innings. In six career starts against Colorado Springs, Brooks is 3-1 allowing 15 runs on 31 hits, 5 walks and 23 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings. He squared off against the Sox on April 28 and was handed the loss at Principal Park allowing six runs on eight hits in four innings.
The Montclair, California native was originally selected by the Royals in the 9th round of the 2011 draft out of Cal State – San Bernardino. He has pitched in the Royals, Athletics, and Cubs organizations. The Royals traded Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea to the Athletics for Ben Zobrist in 2015 and the Cubs flipped Chris Coghland for Brooks in February 2016. All told, the righty is 47-37 with a save and a 4.45 ERA in 130 games in the minors and 3-5 with a 8.38 ERA in 15 MLB games. He made 5 appearances in 2016 due to injury and hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2015 when he did so for both the Royals and the A’s.
Last Time Out – June 6 – No decision vs. OKC –
Brooks went six innings and held the potent Dodgers lineup to three runs, just one earned, on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three on 93 pitches, 71 of which went for strikes. After that performance opposing batters are hitting .327 against him.
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 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup fires up at 1:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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