Omaha dealt the Sky Sox one of their worst losses of the season (five-run ninth, walk-off three-run blast) and the question was, how would Colorado Springs respond Sunday night. Well, that question was answered quickly and emphatically in the form of an 11-0 win that saw the boys hit a season-high six homers and limit the Chasers to seven hits. Not too shabby. Oh yeah it was their 50th win and with Nashville’s second-straight walk-off win over Oklahoma City, the Sox lead is up to five games.
The scoring started for the good guys in the top of the first on a heads up play by Maruicio Dubon. The shortstop reached on a leadoff walk, moved to third on Ivan De Jesus’ double and scored on a foul pop to the first baseman Ryan O’Hearn off the bat of Garrett Cooper. O’Hearn had his back to the infield up the right-field line and once the catch was made, the tagging Dubon scooted home, 1-0 Sox.
Then the power show started. Andrew Susac made it 2-0 with a solo homer against Christian Binford in the top of the second. After a quiet third, Nate Orf connected for a two-run shot in the fourth inning, his second of the season, 4-0. Nothing came across in the fifth, but that was not the case in the three-homer, five run sixth.
Jett Bandy’s majestic solo blast with one out got the scoring going. Two batters later it was Nate Orf connecting for another two-run shot, his second of the game, making it the first time in his career he’s had a multi-homer game. Three batters later, with a runner on, Lewis Brinson joined the home run derby with two-run laser beam blast. Binford would retire the side in the sixth, but likely never wants to see the Sox again after they put up 19 runs on 22 hits (8 homers) against him in his last two starts.
Brinson tripled home a run in the eighth and Brett Phillips smacked a solo homer against catcher Brayan Pena in the ninth to complete the scoring.
Angel Ventura was on the bump and weaved his way through the second longest start of his career, enjoying the run support he was receiving. He pitched into the eighth and finished after seven and one-third, and gave up six hits, walked three, struck out two, and kept the Chasers off the board. Stephen Kohlscheen wrapped up the game on the hill by getting the final five outs.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox banged out the 11 runs on 15 hits en route to the shutout. Six of the hits left the yard and another two went for extra bases, while six Sox had multi-hit games.
Nate Orf led the attack with a two hit, two homer night. He drove in four for the third time in his career and the two bombs gave him the first multi-homer game of his career.
Lewis Brinson wasn’t too far behind with a three hit, three RBI night. He fell a double shy of the cycle, the second time in a week he’s been a hit away from the feat.
Kyle Wren filled the nine-hole with a 3-for-4 night, he scored two runs.
Ivan De Jesus extended his on-base streak to 26 games with a 2-for-5 night. He’s got his average up to .365.
Andrew Susac collected two hits, including a solo shot, and scored three runs.
Brett Phillips went 2-for-5 with a solo homer.
Jett Bandy’s lone hit was his second homer with the Sky Sox.
Mauricio Dubon and Garrett Cooper were the only two in the starting lineup held hitless.
Pitching Notes –
Angel Ventura returned to form with the second longest outing of his career. The right-hander went the first seven and one-third innings and held the Chasers scoreless on six hits; he walked three and struck out two while throwing 97 pitched, 57 of which went for strike.
Stephen Kohlscheen wrapped up the contest on the hill allowing a hit and a walk, striking out two over five scoreless outs.
Play of the Game –
Well I will certainly say this, pick a homer any homer! MiLB however only picked one…Lewis Brinson’s blast from the sixth.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Dave Machemer, pt 4 –
Wow, what a game, what a stretch of games this has been against the Omaha Storm Chasers. The nine-game, home and home set comes to a close tonight at Werner Park. The Sky Sox have a chance to take eight of nine and win both series with a victory tonight. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (50-31) at Omaha Storm Chasers (38-43) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Bubba Derby will make his third Triple-A start tonight in the finale of the nine game home-and-home set. He has earned the win in both outing with the Sox this season, including his last trip to the hill against Omaha. In 18 games and two starts with Biloxi, Derby went 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA, allowing 16 runs on 40 hits in 50 innings. He has allowed two runs on nine hits in 11 Triple-A innings.
Derby was selected by the Athletics in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of San Diego State University and was acquired by the Brewers, along with catcher Jacob Nottingham, in the trade that sent Khris Davis to Oakland. In 60 MiLB outings, 39 starts, the righty is 11-15 with a 4.10 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 27 – Win vs. Omaha –
Derby took the mound at Security Service Field for the second time and earned his second win with five innings of solid pitching against the Storm Chasers. He held them down to two runs on six hits, gave up a homer, walked one and fanned three on 78 pitches, 48 for strikes.
Storm Chasers Starting Arm: Left-hander Eric Skoglund is slated to start the finale for Omaha in Eastern Nebraska. The 24-year old enters 2-4 with a 4.93 ERA in ten PCL outings and 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA in 11 starts this season, one being with the Double-A club in Northwest Arkansas. Skoglund is listed by MLBPipeline as the third best prospect in the Royals organization. In 49 1/3 PCL innings the 6-7 southpaw has given up 32 runs (27 earned) on 56 hits, 8 homers, hit two batters, walked 12 and fanned 46. Opponents are hitting .283 against him and tonight will mark his second start against the Sky Sox.
Skoglund was selected by the Royals in the third round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Central Florida. He is on the fast track, repeating one level for one start in his career. In 62 MiLB games, 61 starts, he is 15-19 with a 3.81 ERA. The lefty made his big-league debut this year and in three starts went 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA. He won his debut with a cool 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.
Last Time Out – June 26 – Loss at Colorado Springs –
Skoglund went the the first three innings and took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits. He gave up a pair of homers, one to Susac and another to Orf, walked one and struck out four on 67 pitches, 44 of which went for 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.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,