Five pitches in to Saturday’s game, Kyle Wren hit a solo homer to put the Sky Sox on the board. Now, if you’re like me, you know that there aren’t a lot of 1-0 games and that more runs were coming. Boy was I wrong. The next 17 half innings we scoreless. Not without drama, but scoreless, and the Sky Sox won 1-0 over New Orleans. According to Sky Sox team historian, it’s the first time a leadoff home run has been the lone run of a ball game, win or lose, in franchise history. WOW.
The game began as a battle between righties, Forrest Snow for the Sky Sox and Tom Koehler for the Baby Cakes. Kyle Wren did indeed go bridge on the fifth pitch of the game to put the Sox in front, but as you know by now, that was all she wrote offensively for the visitors. It wasn’t like Friday’s game where the Sox went 2-for-13 with RISP or left 10 men on base…No, they would get another hit in the second and Wren would walk twice, but that was it. One run on two hits, and a win. Unreal.
The pitching for the Sox was on point all night. Forrest Snow bounced back from a tough outing against Oklahoma City and shut the Cakes out over the opening five innings. He limited them to three hits, walked two and struck out four on 60 pitches, 37 went for strikes. He set himself up for the win with that strong start.
Three relievers combined to bake the ‘Cakes over the next four innings. Tristan Archer was first out of the pen and went two scoreless, allowing one hit. Tom Wilhelmsen entered in the eighth inning and put the tying run aboard thanks to a leadoff HBP, but maneuvered his way through the rest of the inning without any trouble. Rob Scahill dismissed the first two hitters of the ninth, but gave up a single to Moises Sierra, which brought the winning run to the plate in the form of Brandon Barnes. The right-hander won the battle and fanned Barnes to wrap it up. 1-0.
The win is the sixth shutout of the season, matching the total from a season ago, and the second 1-0 affair this year. This should be remembered for the rest of the season… What a ball game.
Play of the Game –
Kyle Wren’s leadoff blast…AND there’s video of it!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and ‘Cakes Manager Arnie Beyeler –
I am not sure what to expect after last night’s tilt, but it’s time to get to the preview of the series finale. The Sox will look to win the series and send Taylor Jungmann to the hill against fellow right-hander William Cuevas. On to the matchup…
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (43-29) vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (27-47) – 11:00 a.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the finale of the four game series today against the Baby Cakes at the Shrine on Airline. In two relief appearances and three starts with the Sox he’s accrued a 4-0 record and a 1.03 ERA, allowing three runs on fifteen hits, walking thirteen and fanning 28. PCL opponents are hitting .165 against the 2011 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 has pitched on the road three of his five outings with Colorado Springs and is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA through 15 1/3 innings away from Security Service Field. He has yet to face the ‘Cakes in 2017.
Drafted by the Brewers in the 1st round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Texas, Jungmann has made 126 MiLB appearances, 118 starts, and is 44-38 with a 4.08 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – June 20 – Win vs. OKC –
Jungmann took the pill and kept the potent Dodgers offense off the board through five innings of work. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out four on 70 pitches, 38 of which went for strikes.
Baby Cakes Starting Arm: Righty William Cuevas will make his third appearance in a Baby Cakes uni when he climbs the hill at the Shrine this morning in New Orleans. He began the season with the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers org.) before electing free agency in early June. Signed by the Marlins, Cuevas was sent to Triple-A and here we are. His first two outings have been scoreless for the Cakes as he’s allowed just three hits, walked four and fanned seven. He was 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA in the international league prior to his free agency. He has not faced the Sky Sox in his career.
Cuevas was originally signed by the Red Sox out of Venezuela in 2008. He pitched with the Sox through the 2016 season before electing free agency and going to the Tigers. In 173 MiLB games, 104 starts, Cuevas is 46-42 with six saves a 3.65 ERA, while in four MLB games he’s 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 19 – No Decison at Nashville –
Cuevas went the first 3 1/3 innings in scoreless fashion against a depleted Nashville squad. He allowed one hit, walked four and fanned five on 69 pitches, 41 of which were strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from the Shrine on Airline beginning at 11:00 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 10:30 a.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,