Taylor Jungmann. What more can you say. He has turned things around in a hurry with the Sky Sox and delivered the best performance of his season in Colorado Springs’ 6-2 win over Memphis last night. The Sox put n end to the two-game losing spat and have a chance for a series split this evening.
Jungmann gave up a run in the second inning on a Patrick Wisdom single, but that was all she wrote as he settled in to dismiss the Redbirds the rest of his seven inning outing. The Sox’s bats picked him up a half inning after he allowed a run and took the lead for good with a three-run fifth.
Ivan De Jesus got the scoring going with an RBI single to center that plated Kyle Wren and tied the game at 1-1. Brett Phillips stepped in with two on and two out in the fifth and HAMMERED an 0-2 pitch over the wall in right for a three-run blast and the Sox wouldn’t look back. In fact, they added a run in the seventh and eighth innings to seal the 6-2 deal. De Jesus homered with one down in the seventh and Nate Orf singled to bring home the sixth run in the eighth.
Jungmann went the first seven and was helped out by Wei-Chung Wang, who pitched a scoreless eighth, and David Goforth who maneuvered his way through the ninth allowing one run.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up six runs on seven hits in the win. For the second straight game they hit two homers, number 12 for Brett Phillips and number 3 for Ivan De Jesus. Four of the top five in the order had the seven knocks for Colorado Springs.
Nate Orf continues to fill the two-hole nicely and delivered another three-hit game. He picked up an RBI and scored a run too.
Ivan De Jesus went 2-for-5 with a homer and RBI single in a very productive day at the dish. He’s hitting a cool .335 for Colorado Springs.
Brett Phillips went 1-for-5, but the one was a big one…a three-run blast in the fifth inning that gave the Sox the lead for good.
Kyle Wren picked up a single and a run scored.
Garrett Cooper and Yadiel Rivera both scored runs.
Pitching Notes –
Taylor Jungmann gave the Sox pitching staff the jolt in the arm they needed and went seven strong innings. He allowed an early run, but polished off his outing with five scoreless inning. In seven total frames he allowed the one run on three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven on 94 pitches, 64 of which went for strikes.
Wei-Chung Wang went a scoreless eighth, striking out a pair.
David Goforth walked a pair, gave up two hits and allowed one run in his lone inning.
Play of the Game –
Brett Phillips’ three run yabooooo in the fifth –
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Rick Sweet –
Let’s gooooo! With Yesterday’s win, the Sox have a chance to split the series with a win tonight against the Redbirds. They have received the services of right-hander Angel Ventura and will face off against fellow righty John Gant. Let’s get to it!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (38-26) at Memphis Redbirds (40-26) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Angel Ventura will make his second Triple-A this evening in Memphis in the series finale. He made his debut against the El Paso Diablos (Chihuahuas) on May 17 and earned the win in the morning affair with six innings of two-run ball. He gave up seven hits, walked one and fanned four. The righty returns from Biloxi where he was 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA in eleven games, nine of which were starts. The 24-year old was signed by the Brewers in 2011 and has steadily progressed each year. In 112 MiLB appearances he is 30-28 with a 3.93 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 11 – Loss vs. Jacksonville –
Ventura lasted just two and one-third innings at home against the Jumbo Strip and took the loss allowing seven runs on two hits an SIX walks. He could not locate the zone, fanning only a par and throwing 67 pitches, 32 of which went for strikes.
Redbirds Starting Arm: Fellow righty John Gant gets the call for the Redbirds in the finale and just his sixth appearance in the Cardinals organization, fifth with the Redbirds. Entering play he is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA through his first four PCL starts and 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in one appearance for the Cards in the big leagues. In 17.1 PCL innings he’s allowed six runs on 17 hits, walked five and fanned 18, and held opponents to a .266 batting average. He is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA at AutoZone Park.
Gant is well traveled, to say the least. He was originally selected by the Mets in the 21st round of the 2011 draft, traded to the Braves in July 2015, and from Atlanta to St. Louis this past offseason in the Jaime Garcia deal. In total he is 33-23 with a 3.32 ERA in 91 MiLB games and 1-4 with a 4.89 ERA in 21 MLB games, seven starts.
Last Time Out – June 10 – No decision vs. Nashville –
Gant went the first five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, including two homers to the Sounds. He did not walk a batter and fanned seven on 74 pitches, 54 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 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 5:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,