How about Michael Blazek! The righty continues to be found gold for the Sky Sox as he turned in another fantastic performance and aided the Sox a much needed 5-2 win over Oklahoma City, Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field. The win bumped the Sox divisional lead back up to two games and insures that they will finish the series in first place.
Blazek climbed the hill and gave up back-to-back doubles and found himself in a 1-0 hole, two batters into the game. What happened over the next number of innings was awesome. He retired the next seven in a row before giving up a run on two hits in the third, but pitched into the eighth inning and retired the final 13 men he faced before being lifted with two down. The seven and two-third inning outing was the second longest of his career, behind eight innings on September 3, 2010 with Quad Cities against Wisconsin. Holy Cow.
Despite trailing 1-0 two batters into the game, the Sky ox responded with a pair of runs in the second against OKC’s Trevor Oaks. Garrett Cooper picked up a first pitch single and Brett Phillips doubled him to third for Nick Noonan who hit a grounder to the second baseman Willie Calhoun. He responded by throwing it wildly into the Sky Sox dugout and two runs score. The Sox would take the lead for good on Cooper’s RBI double in the third that snapped a 2-2 tie.
Blazek doubled with two outs in the seventh and scored on Kyle Wren’s single and Ryan Cordell doubled, stole third and scored on Cooper’s single in the eighth to cap of the scoring.
Wei-Chung Wang recorded the final four outs to lock down his first save of the season.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up their first win in three games and did so by picking up five runs on nine hits. Only one player had a multi-hit game…I’ll let you guess who that was.
Garrett Cooper had the multi-hit affair and went a cool 4-for-4 with two RBI in the win. He upped his average to .362 with the knocks, and sits at 56 RBI. Oh yeah, he also added some web gems too. Coop just continues to do it all and do it all really, really well.
Kyle Wren went 1-for-4 with an RBI single.
Ryan Cordell doubled, stole a base and scored a run in his 1-for-4 day.
Brett Phillips also went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Nick Noonan started for the first time since his return and went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Michael Blazek doubled in the seventh and went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked and scored a run.
Pitching Notes –
Michael Blazek earned his first win of the season with seven and two-third innings of two run, five hit ball. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five on 89 pitches, 62 of which went for strikes. What an outing for the righty! Second longest of his career!
Wei-Chung Wang recorded the final four outs in scoreless fashion, giving up two hits and striking out one.
Always a nice game when you use two pitchers and get the W!
Play of the Game –
Garrett Cooper’s RBI double –
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and OKC RHP Justin Masterson pt. 2 –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (39-28) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (37-30) – 6:40 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Left-hander Brent Suter gets the call for Colorado Springs in the third game of the four-game series against the Dodgers. He’s been up and down a lot this season and has pitched 15 times total, nine for the Sox (seven starts) and six for the Brewers (one start). His last outing was a spot/emergency start for the Brewers against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Suter will make his eighth start for the Sox and third appearance against the Dodgers tonight. He enters 3-1 with a 4.11 ERA in his nine Triple-A outings and has allowed 16 runs on 39 hits in 35 innings. He’s walked seven and fanned 35, while holding opponents to a .289 batting average against. In his first two outings against the Dodgers Suter is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA allowing five runs on 12 hits in 10 innings. At Security Service Field he’s 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA through four starts.
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 127 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 38-33 with 4 saves and a 3.42 ERA covering six seasons. He is 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 20 MLB appearances, three of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – June 13 – Loss at St. Louis –
Suter got the spot start for the big league team and pitched into the fifth inning, allowing three runs on five hits, a home, one walk and two strikeouts. He threw 87 pitches, 59 went for strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Righty Wilmer Font is slated to make the 13th start of his season tonight, and third against the Sky Sox. He’s compiled a 5-3 record with a 3.42 ERA through his first 13. He’s allowed 27 runs on 57 hits across 71 innings, with 14 walks and a PCL-high 102 strikeouts. Opponents have tagged him for six homers, but are hitting .213 against him. He faced the Sky Sox on May 3rd and June 2nd but did not factor into either decision, allowing three runs on six hits, he walked two and struck out 19. Lewis Brinson took him deep with a leadoff homer and Andrew Susac hit a two-run bomb against him. The Venezuela native is coming off two starts where he earned the win allowing one earned run in 12 innings. He was named PCL pitcher of the week on May 21. He’s 3-1 with a 3.11 ERA in seven road starts.
Font was signed out of La Guaira, Venezuela by the Rangers in 2006 and pitched for them for the first eight years of his career. He made his big league debut for Texas in 2012 and has five games in the majors under his belt where he has gone 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 3 1/3 innings. Since, he’s played in the Blue Jays organization in 2016 and now the Dodgers here in 2017. Overall in 191 career appearances, 93 of which were starts, he is 33-24 with a 3.63 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 14 – Win vs. Omaha –
Font went six scoreless and fanned seven in the win over the Storm Chasers. He allowed three hits and walked a batter, but that was it. He peppered the zone with 88 pitches, 61 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 6:40 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup fires up at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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