Last night was the John Gant show and there was nothing you, me or the Sky Sox could do about it last night in Memphis for the series finale. The right hander tossed eight scoreless and drove in the game’s lone run as the Redbirds won 1-0 at AutoZone Park. The Sox finish the four game series 1-3 and bid adieu to the ‘Birds until the final series of the season at Security Service Field.
Kyle Wren drew a leadoff walk and things were off to a good start for the Sox, HOWEVAH (Stephen A. Smith voice) Gant settled in and retired the next 13 Sky Sox in a row and was in some kind of groove. That groove carried over to the plate for the right-hander as he stepped in with two-on and two-out in the bottom of the second and punched a single into center which plated Carson Kelly and gave the home team a 1-0 lead. The Sox would get an opportunity to tie the game and had the tying run at third base with one down in the ninth, but Wren got caught on a contact play and that was that.
That’s it. That’s all the scoring that took place in the game last night, how rare are those 1-0 games?!
There’s no doubt that Gant was good, but we can’t forget about Angel Ventura who tossed seven innings for the Sox and allowed just the one run on four hits. He walked a pair and fanned four in just his second Triple-A start. He was outstanding, but couldn’t get or create any runs on the board and he took the tough-luck loss.
Play of the Game –
Brett Phillips made an exceptional catch in the second inning, right before Gant’s single. Of course there’s no video of the catch, so here’s the Gant single that followed.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Cardinals Great Willie McGee –
Enough about yesterday, on to today! The Sox welcome in the OKC Dodgers for the first time this season in what will be a battle for first place! Colorado Springs holds a two game advantage over the Dodgers entering play tonight and it’s only a four-game homestand so YOU GOTTA GET OUT TO SSF and see them! Let’s get to the preview.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (38-27) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (36-29) – 6:00 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Righty Forrest Snow gets the call for the Sox in the opener against Oklahoma City tonight at Security Service Field. In one scoreless bullpen appearance with the Sox he is 1-0 allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out two. In 18 appearances with Biloxi he went 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA, and had one start – his last trip to the mound.
Snow was signed by the Brewers as a free agent this past offseason after he elected free agency from the Mariners. Originally drafted by Seattle in the 36th round of the 2010 draft out of Washington, Snow has racked up a 36-46 record with 10 saves and a 4.18 ERA in 223 MiLB games, 79 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – June 13 – No Decision vs. Jacksonville –
Snow went four scoreless in a spot start for the Shuckers and scattered five hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four on 56 pitches, 40 of which went for strikes. It was his first start since August 16, 2016 with Tacoma.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Right-hander Brock Stewart climbs the hill for Oklahoma City in what will be his fifth start with the team. He landed on the disabled list on April 2nd, retroactive to March 30, with right shoulder tendinitis. On May 29 the Dodgers sent him to the 60-day DL, then optioned him to OKC on June 7 and here he is taking the mound for OKC in the opener of the series tonight. Stewart faced the Sox in a rehab start on June 1 and allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of work, he has yet to log more than 3 1/3 innings this season. He did face the Sky Sox in 2016, but did not factor into the decision. He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, walked one and struck out six Sky Sox on 77 pitches, 56 strikes.
Stewart was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2014 draft out of Illinois State. He had a monster 2016 and saw time with Rancho, Tulsa, OKC and Los Angeles. He was on the fast track to say the least. In 21 MiLB starts he went 9-4 with a 1.79 ERA before going 2-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 7 MLB games, five of which were starts. In 67 minor league appearances, 45 starts, Stewart is 16-13 with a 3.12 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 11 – No decision vs. Round Rock –
Stewart turned in the longest outing of his season and recorded 13 outs against the Sounds. He allowed a run on a solo homer to Drew Robinson, but that was only one of three hits allowed. He fanned four and didn’t walk a batter using 52 pitches, 37 of which went for strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup fires up at 5:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,