The Sox entered the top of the seventh down 7-0 (Not good!), but scored six two-out runs and made a game of Tuesday’s matinee in eastern Nebraska. The comeback would be thwarted by an Omaha run in the seventh and eighth and the game finished in 9-7 fashion. Still, despite the loss, the Sky Sox continue to show that no matter who is in the lineup, teams need to play a full game and secure the 27th out before counting their opponent out. The loss marks the first in the second half for the Sox and they are now 12-3 against Omaha this season.
Angel Ventura climbed the hill for Colorado Springs and made his third appearance against the Storm Chasers, which turned out to be a charm for the home team. The righty tossed a 1-2-3 first inning, but was tagged for two runs on a Garin Cecchini double in the second and another three runs on a Frank Schwindel single and a Logan Moon two-run moonshot, 5-0 heading to the fourth.
On the other side of the bump it was Yender Caramo taking aim at Sky Sox hitters and mowing them down one by one. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits, striking out a pair and walking one. Lewis Brinson greeted him with a leadoff double and then an apparent injury fell on the right-hander and he had to be lifted abruptly.
That opened the door for the Sky Sox and they took advantage against Christian Binford and Seth Maness. Chris Colabello walked, but Nate Orf hit into the third double play of the game, which moved Brinson to third, but put two outs on the board. The line just kept moving! Nick Noonan walked, Tyler Heineman walked, Tyler Bortnick walked, which brought home the first run of the game for Colorado Springs.
Seth Maness was next out of the pen and greeted by a Gabriel Noriega single that scored a pair, then a Kyle Wren singled that scored another and a Mauricio Dubon double that added two more and in a BLINK it was 7-6. Holy moly what a quick strike offense.
The two teams would spar over the next three half innings, each manufacturing a lone run in the innings to make it the final of 9-7. The Sky Sox never led in the game, but certainly did well to come back in the seventh inning.
Hitting Notes –
Despite not winning the ballgame, the Sox outhit the Storm Chasers 9 to 8 and picked up multi-hit games from the top two in their order.
Kyle Wren reached base three times with two hits and a walk. He delivered an RBI and scored a run, too. His average is up to .303.
Mauricio Dubon went 2-for-5 with a single, double, and two runs batted in.
Lewis Brinson hit a double, walked and scored a run. He also bounced into two double plays.
Nate Orf went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored.
Nick Noonan tallied a single, walked, scored a run and drove in one.
Tyler Bortnick went 1-for-3 with his first RBI as a Sky Sox player, it came on a walk.
Gabriel Noriega had a two run single and scored a run.
Chris Colabello went 0-for-4 with a walk in his debut with the Sox.
Pitching Notes –
Angel Ventura faced Omaha for the third time and it proved to be a rough outing as he allowed seven runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He walked a pair, fanned a pair, hit a batter and gave up his first two Triple-A homers, all while throwing 79 pitches, 51 of which went for strikes.
Tom Wilhelmsen had a scoreless sixth.
Wily Peralta had an unearned run cross the plate on his watch in one inning.
Jeanmar Gomez joined the team and went an inning and allowed a run on a hit and a walk.
Play of the Game –
Mauricio Dubon’s double in the six-run seventh –
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and MLB Umpire Supervisor Cris Jones Pt. 1 –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (58-35) at Omaha Storm Chasers (43-51) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Brandon Woodruff readies for his 14th start 2017, 13th with the Sky Sox and sixth outside walls of Security Service Field when he climbs the hill tonight against the Storm Chasers. This will be a different experience for Woodruff because he is on an MLB rehab assignment. He is 6-4 with a 4.13 ERA overall in his first 12 starts with the Sky Sox. He’s 2-2 on the road allowing 11 runs (10 earned) in 28 innings. He lost his last home start against the Baby Cakes on May 23. Woodruff last pitched for the Sox on June 8th and gave up 6 runs on 6 hits in five outs on the mound against Round Rock at Security Service Field. He was called up to the big leagues for a doubleheader, but was injured prior to his debut and is on the mend, trying to get back to the bigs. He went two innings for the AZL Brewers on the 15th and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. In total the righty has allowed 34 runs (30 earned) on 54 hits; he has walked 20, struck out 61, hit four batters and given up seven homers. Woodruff has held opponents to a .250 batting average against and has a 1.38 ground out to air out ratio. He has faced the Chasers on one occasion this season and earned the win at SSF on April 8.
The righty had a tremendous 2016 season in which he combined to go 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA in 28 starts between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi. He allowed 51 runs (47 earned) on 121 hits in 158 innings. He walked 40 and struck out a Minor League best 173 opposing hitters. Drafted by the Brewers in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of Mississippi State, Woodruff has compiled a career record of 25-22 with a 3.22 ERA in 76 outings, 68 starts. He is rated as the 7th best prospect and the labeled as the pitcher with the best fastball in the Brewers organization.
Last Time Out – July 15 – No Decision vs. AZL White Sox –
Woodruff made his first rehab appearance and allowed a run on two hits, walked one and struck out one.
Storm Chasers Starting Arm: Right-hander Luke Farrell, son of Red Sox Manager John Farrell, is set to make his 17th appearance, 16th start for the Chasers on the 2017 campaign. The 6-6 righty enters with a 7-4 record and 4.14 ERA through his first 16 outings on the year. He has faced the Sox once, back in April in the Springs and brought home the win with 5 1/3 innings of three run, five hit ball. In total through 91 1/3 innings he’s allowed 46 runs (42 earned) on 83 hits, 11 homers, hit two batters, walked 30 and fanned 88. Opponents are hitting .243 against the righty. He made his MLB debut on July 1 against the Twins and gave up five runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Selected by the Royals in the 6th round of the 2013 draft out of Northwestern, Farrell has a career record of 24-26 with a 4.28 ERA in 98 appearances, 79 starts.
Last Time Out – July 14 – No Decision vs. Nashville –
Farrell went the first six innings and limited the Sounds to three runs on five hits, walked a pair and struck out 10, matching a season-high.
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 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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