Sox Scribbles: Blazek Baffles Chasers, Sox Win 4-1…Cooper’s an All-Star…Snow and Duffy in the Homestand Finale

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First baseman Garrett Cooper was named the starting first baseman for the PCL All-Star team on Wednesday. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB)

Yesterday’s game delivered a change of pace, but still the same result as the Sky Sox won the 4-1 affair. They have taken the first four games of the five-game series and nine-game home and home set.

Michael Blazek was once again the star for Colorado Springs as he pitched into the eighth inning for the second time in three starts and held the Chasers to an unearned run on six hits over the seven and two-third innings. He was staked to a 1-0 lead in the first when Brett Phillips drove in Mauricio Dubon with an RBI single.

Omaha would tie it in the top of the second when Blazek played a game of cat and mouse with Terrance Gore at first. The righty pressed his luck too many times and delivered an errant throw on a pickoff attempt which resulted into a two-base error and allowed Frank Schwindel to score from third.

The Sox would stay pretty quiet with Josh Staumont on the hill, but took the lead for good with an RBI single in the fifth. Andrew Susac walked to open the frame, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on an infield RBI single off the bat of Dubon. Nick Noonan’s two-run double in the eighth sealed the deal for the Sox.

Game Story Here

Hitting Notes –

The Sox were held to four runs on six hits, which is a story in and of itself! One Sox had a multi-hit game.

Mauricio Dubon delivered his second multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 day at the dish. He drove in the go-ahead run and scored the first run of the game.

Nick Noonan went 1-for-4 with a two run double.

Brett Phillips drove in a run with a first-inning single.

Andrew Susac singled and scored a run for the Sox.

Ivan De Jesus went 1-for-4 in his first game as the league’s leading hitting.

Pitching Notes –

Michael Blazek worked the first seven and two-third innings for Colorado Springs. He was so good, allowing an unearned run on six hits, a walk and three strikeouts. For the second time in three starts he finished one out shy of his career-high of eight innings.

Wei-Chung Wang fanned the only two men he faced.

Rob Scahill worked the final two outs and struck out a man.

Play of the Game –

The insurance runs that Nick Noonan delivered with an eighth inning double are enough to make it our play of the game!

Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Luke Farrell –

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER for Garrett Cooper who was named the starting first baseman for the PCL All-Star team. It’s his second all-star nod in a row and second of his career as he was named a mid-season all-star with Biloxi in the Southern League in 2016.

The Sox are looking for a sweep of the five game series in the finale against Omaha tonight along the Front Range. Let’s get to the preview…

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (47-30) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (37-40) – 6:40 p.m. 

Game Notes / Listen Live at 6:00 p.m.

Pitching Probables: RHP Forrest Snow (2-1, 5.06) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (0-1, 6.75)

Sky Sox Starter: Righty Forrest Snow gets the call for the Sox in the finale of the five-game set against the Omaha Storm Chasers.  Snow has appeared three games with the Sky Sox and is 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA, allowing six runs on eleven hits in 10 2/3 innings. He’s given up two homers, walked five and fanned 13. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .282 against him. With Biloxi he went 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA, and had one start.

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 37-47 record with 10 saves and a 4.21 ERA in 225 MiLB games, 81 of which have been starts.

Last Time Out – June 24 – Win at New Orleans – 

Snow earned the win his last time out in a start against New Orleans at the Shrine on Airline. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out four on a very manageable 60 pitches, 37 of which went for strikes.

Storm Chasers Starting Arm: Lefty Danny Duffy will make his second rehab start with the Storm Chasers and first on the road for the Royals top affiliate. He took the loss against Memphis on June 24 at Werner Park. He made 11 starts for the Royals before going on the DL with a strained right oblique. He went 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in those 11 MLB outings. 

Duffy was originally selected by the Royals in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft out of Cabrillo, Lompoc, California. In 95 minor-league outings, 91 starts, Duffy is 31-17 with a 2.89 ERA. He’s made 145 MLB outings, 117 starts he’s compiled a 40-37 record with a save and a 3.70 ERA.

Last Time Out – June 24 – Loss vs. Memphis  – 

Duffy made his first rehab appearance with the Chasers and recorded eight outs while allowing two runs on two hits, including a homer, one walk and three strikeouts. He threw 48 pitches, 28 went for strikes.

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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of today’s games from Security Service Field beginning at 6:40 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

@Dan_Acheson

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