The game began 4-0 after three outs. Then 4-3 after six outs, 5-3 after nine outs, and 5-4 following the first 12 outs of the game. Holy moly we were off and running. Ultimately the game settled in, then flexed it’s offensive muscles over the late frames, with the Sox getting the final pump in, in the form of an RBI single off the bat of Nick Noonan in the eighth that gave them a 9-8 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The win marks the third in a row, puts them at a season-high 21 games above .500 and extends their home winning streak to nine games. Not too shabby.
Hiram Burgos returned from the DL and took the hill for the first time in over a month to open the series against Nashville at Security Service Field. The right-hander had some command issues early which led to a lengthy first inning. Joey Wendle’s hit a chopper off the plate which brought in a runner from third to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead and Mark Canha capped off the inning with a jet-stream-aided three-run blast to right center. 4-0 Sounds in a blink.
In true Colorado Springs fashion, they stormed back against Chris Jensen and the Sounds and made it a one-run game in the next half frame. Lewis Brinson checked in with a double that scored Mauricio Dubon and two batters later it was the all-star Garrett Cooper going upper tank on a Jensen fastball, putting it over EVERYTHING in center for a two-run blast, his 16th of the season. One run game. (Check out the sweet bat flip on the pic above.)
The two teams traded runs in the second as the rehabbing Marcus Semien took Burgos deep for a solo shot and Kirk Nieuwenhuis scampered home from third on an errant throw over to first by Jensen, 5-4 heading to the third and fourth where all was quiet along the front range. Forrest Snow took over for Burgos and calmed the pace of the Sounds’ bats and Jensen calmed things down in his own right.
Another run for each side in the fifth made it 6-5, but in the sixth it was the Sounds being held scoreless, which allowed the Sox to take the lead with a three-run inning. Lewis Brinson was back at it and stroked a two run single into left and Ivan De Jesus brought him in with a double, 8-6 Sox.
The lead would be short-lived as Renato Nunez stepped in with two on and two out against Wei-Chung Wang. Nunez had already hit his league leading 22nd homer earlier in the game and found himself with a full count against the southpaw. The right-handed hitter fouled off two pitches with the count full before getting ahold of the third and hooking it into left for a two-run, game-tying double, 8-8.
The next two half frames were scoreless, but the Sox would prevail with a run in the eighth. Kyle Wren opened the frame with a single, stole second with one out and moved to third on a ball hit by Brinson that shortstop Marcus Semien threw over everybody which put runners at the corners, one out. Brinson swiped second with De Jesus at the plate, thus inducing an intentional walk to the league’s leading hitter. Up stepped Nick Noonan and on the first pitch with the sacks packed he ripped a single into right that scored Wren and gave the Sox the lead for good at 9-8.
Tristan Archer was the beneficiary of the ribby knock and locked down the victory for the team, while accruing his sixth W of the season. It was certainly a fun game to open up this brief four-game, three-day homestand!
Hitting Notes –
The Sox pounded out 12 hits and scored the nine runs en route to their ninth home win in a row. Five of the knocks went for extra-bases and three Sox players had multi-hit games. The Sox also swiped seven bases for the second time in franchise history. Wren had four, Phillips, Dubon, and Brinson had the other three.
Lewis Brinson led the way with a 3-for-4 night, tallying two doubles, scoring AND plating three runs. What a season for Brinson whose average continues to climb and currently sits at .336. Unreal.
Garrett Cooper went 2-for-3 with a mammoth two-run homer and a double before he left the game after tweaking his back on a swing in the fifth. His average sits at .354, while he’s got 16 homers and 73 RBI.
Kyle Wren was a fire starter from the ninth spot in the lineup for the Sox. He went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. On the bases he swiped four bases, becoming the third player in franchise history to nab four in one game.
Mauricio Dubon scored two runs and had a hit and a walk.
Ivan De Jesus extended his on-base streak to 27 games with a double and a walk. He added and RBI and continues to lead the league in hitting with a .363 average.
Nick Noonan was Cooper’s replacement and he did nothing but win the game with his RBI single in the eighth.
Brett Phillips tallied an RBI and went 1-for-5.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked and scored a run.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos took the mound for the first time since May 27 and was roughed up by his former team over the first five outs of the game. He allowed five runs on seven hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out one. A three-run blast by Mark Canha and a solo shot by the rehabbing Marcus Semien delivered a bulk of the damage against Burgos who threw 45 pitches over 1 2/3 innings, 28 went for strikes.
Forrest Snow was outstanding out of the ‘pen and kept the Sox in the game. He stopped the bleeding and went the next 4 1/3-plus innings. The Sounds tagged him for two runs on three hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out three.
Wei-Chung Wang was charged with a blown save, allowing an inherited runner, and one of his own to score in the seventh inning. He finished going an inning and one-third, charged with a run on two hits while fanning three.
Tristan Archer polished off the visitors with five perfect outs. He picked up a strikeout and his sixth win of the year.
Play of the Game –
Garrett Cooper’s blast in the first inning was majestic. So majestic is was preposterous. I would say somewhere around 450 feet of preposterousness. But of course MiLB didn’t cut it. They DID cut Brinson’s RBI double though, so here you go!
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Sky Sox Video Coordinator Kevin Lyman Pt. 2 –
Well, that was a fun first game back for the Sox and a beautiful night for the 8,913 on in attendance for the Independence day spectacular! Now it’s time to move forward to the twinbill today!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (52-31) vs. Nashville Sounds (40-44) – 4:30 p.m. – Doubleheader
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the opener of the double-dip today against the Sounds at Security Service Field. In two relief appearances and five starts with the Sox he’s accrued a 4-1 record and a 1.53 ERA, allowing seven runs on 21 hits, walking fourteen and fanning 36. PCL opponents are hitting .171 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 five of his seven outings with Colorado Springs and is 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA through 21 1/3 innings away from Security Service Field. He’s been even better at home, allowing a run on seven hits in 11 innings.
Drafted by the Brewers in the 1st round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Texas, Jungmann has made 128 MiLB appearances, 120 starts, and is 44-39 with a 4.06 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – June 30 – No decision at Omaha –
Jungmann warmed up as if the game was going to start on time, but then got the bad news that it wasn’t going to start on time and thus, had to wait two hours before throwing the first pitch of his game. It didn’t faze him much as the right-hander went the first three innings in scoreless fashion, holding the Chasers to two hits and a hit batter, while striking out five on 37 pitches, 25 strikes.
Sounds Starting Arm: Right-hander Corey Walter will go for the Sounds in the first game of the doubleheader and make his ninth Triple-A start in the process. He enters 2-4 with a 5.48 ERA in the PCL with one of the two wins coming in the form of a complete-game win against the Sox back in May. He was called up to Nashville from Double-A Midland on May 25th and went 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA in 10 appearances, nine starts with the Rock Hounds. Away from First Tennessee Park, Walter is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings.
Walter was selected by Oakland in the 28th round of the 2014 draft out of West Virginia University. In 113 MiLB outings, 33 starts, the righty is 10-10 with nine saves and a 2.59 ERA.
Last Time Out – June 30 – Loss vs. OKC –
Walker was roughed up considerably against the Dodgers to the tune of 11 runs on 12 hits over 2 2/3 innings at First Tennessee Park. He walked four and struck out one on 91 pitches, 50 went for strikes.
GM 2 Pitching Probables: RHP Tim Dillard (2-1, 5.44) vs. TBA
Tim Dillard will make his first start of his season for the Sox against a starter to be named for the Sounds.
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 4:30 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 4:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,