The Sky Sox feel the need to get their innings in somehow after not playing for three days out of the all-star break as they have gone to extra frames in the last two tilts, including Monday’s 8-4, 12-inning win over the Storm Chasers. The Sox improved to 12-2 over Omaha, 28-7 against the division, 5-0 in extra innings and secured a nine game lead in the division with the win. Holy Moly.
The opener of the four-game series and road trip began as a pitchers duel and really didn’t pick up the scoring until the late frames. Bubba Derby made his fifth start for the Sox, third against Omaha, while the outstanding righty Jake Junis made his 10th appearance for the Chasers, second against the Sox.
Logan Moon took Derby deep for a solo shot in the third inning, but that was all of the damage done across the first six innings of the contest. Junis wrapped up six scoreless on the bump and Derby went five and one-third, allowing just the solo shot.
The two teams combined to score five runs over the final three innings of regulation. The Sox were forced to manufacture their first two runs, in the seventh and eighth innings. Nate Orf doubled to begin the seventh, moved to third on a fly out and scampered home on a Tyler Heineman sacrifice fly to tie the game. The even score would be terribly short-lived as Frank Schwindel connected for a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the frame, 2-1 Chasers.
Colorado Springs would score the next two runs and take its first lead of the game in the ninth. They re-tied the tilt with a run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk drawn by who else, but Nate Orf. Mauricio Dubon scored and it was 2-2. Lewis Brinson stepped in with two-out and two-on in the ninth and delivered an RBI single that put the Sox in front at 3-2, one of his FOUR hits on the evening.
HOWEVAH…Omaha responded with a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Ryan O’Hearn sacrifice fly and sent the game to extras.
All was quiet until the twelfth when the Sox erupted for five runs and salted the game away. Nick Noonan put the Sox in front with an RBI single, then Tyler Bortnick hit a ball to left that was misplayed by Corey Toups and another run scored to make it 5-3. Kyle Wren followed with a two run single, then scored on Dubon’s single and a throwing error on the shortstop Jack Lopez, 8-3.
Andrew Barbosa was in line for yet another extra-inning victory, his second straight, and although he did earn it, it wasn’t easy. Cam Gallagher opened the bottom of the 12th with a solo homer, then a two-out walk extended the game before the southpaw induced a fly out to right to end it.
Quick Hits from the game – The Sox banged out eight runs on 15 hits…Brinson went 4-for-7 with an RBI…Kyle Wren had three hits, two RBI and a run scored…Ivan De Jesus had now reached in 35 straight games thanks to his single and double…Nate Orf went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three walks…The Sox used six pitchers in the win…Derby went the first 16 outs and allowed a run on three hits…Barbosa improved to 4-1 with two innings of relief…
Play of the Game –
Nick Noonan’s single that put the Sox in front for good in the 12th takes home today’s honors…Here’s Brinson’s go-ahead hit from the ninth…
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Nate Orf –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (58-34) at Omaha Storm Chasers (42-51) – 11:05 a.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Angel Ventura will make his seventh Triple-A start this morning, and sixth road appearance for the Sky Sox in the second of four at Werner Park. He made his debut against the El Paso Diablos (Chihuahuas) on May 17 for the Sox and earned the win in West Texas. He enters play 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA, giving up 12 runs on 32 hits in 36.0 innings. The righty has walked 32 and fanned 24, while holding opponents to a .248 batting average against. He comes off a start against the Round Rock Express in which he went 6 2/3 scoreless innings, making it a stretch of 14 straight scoreless innings, combined with his previous start on July 2 against Omaha.
Ventura began the season in Biloxi and was 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA in eleven games, nine of which were starts. He was named a Southern League All-Star for his work with the Shuckers. The 24-year old was signed by the Brewers in 2011 and has steadily progressed each year. In 122 MiLB appearances, 60 starts, he is 33-29 with a 3.88 ERA.
Last Time Out – July 7 – Win at Round Rock –
Ventura continued his scoreless streak with another 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He worked around three hits, walked one and fanned eight E-Trains on 99 pitches, 66 of which went for strikes.
Storm Chasers Starting Arm: Right-hander Yender Caramo is set to make the start for the Chasers in the second game of the four-game set. For the righty it will be appearance 22 and start 11 on the season. He enters 2-7 with a 5.38 ERA, allowing 52 runs (45 earned) on 101 hits, 11 homers; he’s hit four batters, walked 12, and fanned 30. Opponents are hitting .319 against the righty. He’s faced the Sox on two occasions back in April and another outing on June 30 at Werner Park. In the three appearances, he’s allowed eight runs, four earned, on eight hits over eight and one-third innings against the Sox.
Caramo was signed by the Kansas City Royals as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 22, 2010. In 163 games, 66 starts, he’s accrued a 39-38 record with a save and a 3.21 ERA.
Last Time Out – July 13 – Loss vs. Nashville –
Caramo took the loss in the opener of the second half, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in five innings. He walked one struck out one and threw 92 pitches, 59 went for strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight game from Werner Park beginning at 11:05 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 10:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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