Thursday night saw the Sox plate seven runs in the eighth inning and win 8-4, Friday evening saw the Sox rip off five unanswered runs in the first three innings and win 5-2. This team can do it all and has been doing it all for the entire season. They’ve now won six straight and sit a season-high 19 games above .500 at 49-30 on the eve of game number 80. Astounding.
Following a 2-hour 6 minute rain delay, Ivan De Jesus opened the scoring going against Yender Caramo with a two-out solo homer in the first frame and the Sox led 1-0 heading to the second. Three runs came across in that inning thanks in part to two walks and a fielding error by Omaha third baseman Dean Anna. A wild pitch with the sacks packed made it 2-0, then Mauricio Dubon connected on a two-out single that brought in two more and made it 4-0. Garrett Cooper’s double in the third increased the advantage to 5-0, which would be more than enough room for Colorado Springs.
Omaha notched a run on a Ryan O’Hearn homer in the fourth and another on a Billy Burns single in the seventh, but were otherwise quiet at the plate.
Taylor Jungmann took the hill for Colorado Springs, but went only three innings, possibly due to what’s going on in the big leagues with the injuries to the Crew’s starting rotation. His three frames were scoreless as he allowed two hits and struck out five. Tristan Archer went the next two and put himself inline for the win, allowing just one run on a hit and a walk, while fanning two. Tyler Cravy allowed the run in teh seventh, but got six outs and Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless eighth. David Goforth earned the fifth save of his season with a scoreless, perfect ninth.
Hitting Notes –
The Springs bats put up five runs on six hits and one Sox player contributed a multi-hit game at the dish.
Garrett Cooper (of course) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He’s now hitting .360 on the season, three points behind…
Ivan De Jesus, who went 1-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. He’s hitting a league-best .363.
Mauricio Dubon gave the Sox the cushion they would need and the game-winning hit with his two-run single in the second inning.
Lewis Brinson went 1-for-4 with a single.
Brett Phillips went 1-for-4 as well.
Andrew Susac, Nate Orf, and Nick Noonan all went 0fer at the plate, but scored runs thanks to reaching on walks and an error.
Pitching Notes –
Five pitchers combined to hold the Storm Chasers to two runs on five hits.
Taylor Jungmann took the hill to start and went three scoreless. He allowed two knocks, didn’t walk anyone and fanned five on 37 pitches, 25 strikes.
Tristan Archer was called upon first out of the ‘pen and allowed a run on a hit and a walk over two innings and struck out two. He notched the fifth win of his season.
Tyler Cravy pitched the sixth and seventh innings and allowed a run on a hit and two walks while striking out one.
Tom Wilhelmsen worked around two baserunners in the eighth.
David Goforth locked down his fifth save with a perfect ninth.
Play of the Game –
For the Sox, you could argue the play of the game was either the De Jesus homer or the Dubon two-run single, but there’s no video of those so we give you a great catch in foul territory by Omaha right fielder Bubba Starling.
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Omaha Righty Luke Farrell –
The Sox have won six straight, all against Omaha, and look for their seventh in a row and fiftieth win of the season tonight at Werner Park in Eastern Nebraska. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (49-30) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (37-42) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Southpaw Andrew Barbosa gets the nod for Colorado Springs in the second game of the four-game series. The lefty will make his fourth start of the season and 20th appearance. He enters play 2-1 with a 5.70 ERA allowing 25 runs (23 earned) on 37 hits in 36 1/3 innings. He’s allowed seven homers, walked 15 and fanned 34, while holding opponents to a .261 batting average against. He has faced the Chasers three times, twice in relief and a start on June 26. He’s yielded four runs on eight hits in seven innings.
Barbosa was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 36th round of the 2012 draft and has pitched for the D-backs, Mets, and Brewers systems. In 115 MiLB outings, 85 starts, Barbosa has accrued a 31-20 record with one save and a 3.47 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 26 – No decision vs. Omaha –
Barbosa went the first four innings in the opener of this nine-game stretch against the Chasers, back at Security Service Field. He allowed a pair of runs on six hits, walked one and fanned two on 61 pitches, 33 of which went for strikes.
Storm Chasers Starting Arm: Fellow lefty Onelki Garcia returns from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to take the hill at Werner Park against the Sky Sox. The Cuba-native is 1-0 with a 5.10 ERA in 10 PCL appearances, one of which was a start. He is coming off back-to-back starts on the road against Tulsa for the Naturals. In 21 2/3 PCL frames he’s allowed 14 runs, 13 earned on 17 hits, walked 13 and fanned 13, while holding opponents to a .213 batting average against. He has never faced the Sky Sox.
Garcia was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2013 draft and has pitched for Los Angeles, the White Sox, in Mexico, and now for the Royals organizations. He’s combined to go 4-7 with four saves and a 3.97 ERA in 101 MiLB appearances, 14 starts. In 3 MLB outings with the Dodgers in 2013 he went 0-0 and notched a 13.50 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 22 – No decision at Tulsa –
Garcia turned in a six-inning outing against the Drillers his last trip to the hill. He allowed two runs on six hits, with both runs scoring on solo shots. He walked one and struck out two on 87 pitches, 60 strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s games from Werner 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.
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