Memphis has certainly dialed in their power production against the Sky Sox this year and they added to it with six more homers in the 10-4 game Wednesday. The Sky Sox fell for the second straight game in the Bluff City and had their divisional lead shrink to 1 game with the Dodgers win.
Paolo Espino was slated to start for the Sox, but due to his emergency call up with the injury to Woodruff, Andrew Barbosa was called upon for the starter’s role. The southpaw climbed the hill in his second straight start and faltered out of the gate. The first two Redbirds reached, then scored on Luke Voit’s three-run blast. Paul DeJong walked and Harrison Bader backed him up with a two-run shot and in a blink it was 5-0 Redbirds.
Garrett Cooper joined the home run derby with a leadoff blast in the second inning, but Memphis connected for three more in the third and led 9-1 on back-to-back solo homers by Voit and DeJong and Patrick Wisdom’s two-run shot.
The skies would open up in the fifth, three outs shy of an official game, and delayed things for about 40 minutes. Maybe that was a good thing as right out of the box after the delay Rene Garcia clobbered a two-run shot to left against Jack Flaherty and trimmed the deficit to 9-3. Randal Grichuk capped off the home team’s scoring with, you guessed it, a solo homer in the sixth, and the Sox plated a run on an error in the secenth to make it 10-4 ‘Birds.
Flaherty earned his first Triple-A victory in just his third start, thanks in part to the six homers the Redbirds hit behind him. Andrew Barbosa took the loss for Colorado Springs.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox picked up four runs on seven hits, two of which left the yard for homers. Two in the order had multi-hit affairs.
Rene Garcia nabs the top spot in today’s rundown as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. It marks the second time that he’s gone deep in his Triple-A career.
Garrett Cooper hit a big fly to leadoff the second, his 11th homer and 54th RBI of the season. What a year he is putting together.
Kyle Wren had a double and a single, lifting his average to .322.
Ivan De Jesus had a hit and a run scored.
Yadiel Rivera tallied a single.
Brett Phillips walked and scored a run.
Pitching Notes –
Andrew Barbosa kind of had to wear one for the Sox in the spot start. He went the first two and two-thirds, allowed nine runs on seven hits, five homers, he walked three and fanned five on 75 pitches, 42 of which went for strikes.
Tim Dillard was a savior for the Sox as he logged four and one-third frames and allowed one run on four hits. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.
Andy Oliver pitched the eighth in scoreless fashion.
Play of the Game –
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Redbirds Catcher Carson Kelly –
The Sky Sox have dropped the first two in the series to the Redbirds and have two more games before their time in the Bluff City comes to an end. Tonight the Sky Sox trek to a series split begins with Taylor Jungmann on the hill against Mike Mayers.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (37-26) at Memphis Redbirds (40-25) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the third game of four tonight in Memphis. In two relief appearances and one start with the Sox he’s accrued a 2-0 record and a 1.26 ERA, allowing two runs on nine hits, walking 10 and fanning 17. PCL opponents are hitting .176 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, out of the ‘pen. He started against the Cubs on Saturday.
Last Time Out – June 10 – Win vs. Iowa –
Jungmann was outstanding at Security Service Field and allowed just one run on four hits in six innings of work. He walked four and struck out three on 88 pitches, 55 went for strikes, in what may have been his best performance at SSF.
Redbirds Starting Arm: RHP Mike Mayers (pronounced Myers) will face the Sky Sox for the third time this season when he makes his thirteenth trip to the hill tonight. He is 0-2 against the Sox this season allowing nine runs on 16 hits in 9 2/3 innings. The righty faced off against the Sox twice a season ago and went 0-1 in the starts allowing 5 runs on 14 hits in 12 innings. In total the Grove City, Ohio native is 4-5 with a 4.29 ERA allowing 32 runs (31 earned) on 78 hits, 8 homers, in 65 innings. He’s walked 25, fanned 55 and opponents are hitting .295 against the right-hander. At home Mayers is 3-2 with a 2.85 ERA compared to 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA on the road.
He was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Mississippi. He made his big league debut on July 24, 2016 against the Dodgers at Busch Stadium and was dealt the loss recording four outs, and allowing 9 runs on 8 hits. He gave up two homers to Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick. He would also make three relief appearances in September and earned his first MLB in against the Pirates. The righty is 24-34 with a 3.72 ERA over his first 85 minor-league outings spanning his first four-plus professional seasons and 1-1 with a 27.00 ERA in the MLB.
Last Time Out – June 9 – No decision vs. Nashville –
Mayers pitched six scoreless, but did not factor into the decision against the Sounds in his last start. He scattered six hits, walked one and fanned six batters on 98 pitches, 68 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 tonight’s game from AutoZone Park beginning at 10:05 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 9:30 a.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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