Stop me if you have heard this before… The Sky Sox entered extra innings and beat the Storm Chasers by an 8-4 margin in 12 innings. Well… It’s not a typo nor a reblog from a couple of days ago, but fact! Wednesday’s game resulted in the same score and in the same amount of innings as Monday night’s game at Werner Park. The Sox gained a leg up in the series two games to one and lead the season series 13-3.
Brandon Woodruff climbed the hill on a big league rehab assignment and worked into the fourth inning. Omaha jumped on the board with a two-run second inning against the righty-hander, courtesy of a Frank Schwindel double and Corey Toups single. Woodruff pitched a scoreless third, but gave up a two-out solo homer to Schwindel and the Chasers led 3-1. That would be the final hitter the starter would face before Tristan Archer came out of the ‘pen and retired the side.
The Sox picked up that one run on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis solo homer in the top of the fourth inning and added another run in the fifth on Yadiel Rivera’s solo blast, cutting the deficit to 3-2. The Sox had the tying run at third in the fifth, but Lewis Brinson took off from first and Mauricio Dubon traveled down the line at third and was hosed at the plate for the second out of the inning, a costly mistake.
Toups picked up a double against Archer to begin the sixth and scored on Cheslor Cuthbert’s triple to up the home team’s advantage to 4-2.
Luke Farrell kept the Sky Sox in check over his six innings, allowing the two runs, and Sam Selman took over in the seventh and retired the first seven Sox in a row until Nieuwenhuis drew a one-out walk in the ninth. That opened the door for Andrew Susac who stepped in and delivered a two-run blast, tying the game a four apiece.
On to extras! All was quiet on the Eastern Nebraska front until the 12th when Brayan Pena was called upon, out of the Chasers dugout….Yes, not the bullpen, the dugout. It marked the fourth time this season the catcher was called upon for outs all on the mound and ALL FOUR APPEARANCES have come against the Sox. Unreal.
The Sky Sox, as expected, took advantage and the lead. Lewis Brinson began the inning with a single, stole second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch, 5-4. The rest of the inning saw Colorado Springs plate three more runs on an Orf walk, Colabello single, Nieuwenhuis RBI single and Susac two-run double, 8-4.
Tyler Cravy pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half and secured the win for David Goforth and the Sox.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox racked up eight runs on 13 hits over the 12 frames and got four multi-hit games from their lineup.
Andrew Susac led the way with three hits and four runs batted in. He tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth and added insurance with a two-run double in the 12th.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored, and two RBI.
Mauricio Dubon went 2-for-7 with two doubles.
Lewis Brinson went 2-for-4 with two walks and a run scored.
Nate Orf went 1-for-3 with THREE walks and scored a run.
Chris Colabello picked up his first hit as a Sky Sox and scored a run.
Yadiel Rivera reached base three times with a homer and two walks.
Pitching Notes –
Brandon Woodruff went the first three and two-thirds against the Chasers and allowed three runs on three hits, walked one and fanned three on 54 pitches, 37 for strikes.
Tristan Archer was the first of five relievers used by Colorado Springs en route to the win. He was called upon for seven outs, over which he allowed a run on three hits and struck out three.
Tom Wilhelmsen worked a scoreless seventh.
Matt Ramsey went two scoreless allowing a hit and striking out two.
David Goforth earned the win with two scoreless frames.
Tyler Cravy retired the side in order in the bottom of the 12th.
Play of the Game –
Andrew Susac’s game-tying two-run shot in the top of the ninth! No video has been furnished of the blast of course…
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Former Sox Chris Nelson –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (59-35) at Omaha Storm Chasers (43-52) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Righty Forrest Snow gets the call for the Sox in the finale of the four-game set against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Snow has appeared six games with the Sky Sox and is 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA, allowing 11 runs on 20 hits in 22 1/3 innings. He’s given up four homers, walked five and fanned 24. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .247 against him. With Biloxi he went 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA, in 18 appearances and had one start. He faced the Chasers on June 29 and went the first five innings in scoreless fashion.
Snow was signed by the Brewers as a free agent this past offseason after he elected free agency from the Mariners. Originally drafted by Seattle in the 36th round of the 2010 draft out of Washington, Snow has racked up a 37-48 record with 10 saves and a 4.20 ERA in 228 MiLB games, 82 of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – July 9 – Loss out of ‘pen at Round Rock –
Snow allowed three runs on three hits, including a homer, in 2 1/3 innings against the Express. He was dealt the loss.
Storm Chasers Starting Arm: Lefty Onelki Garcia returns to the Omaha hill and readies for the series finale against the Sky Sox at Werner Park. The Cuba-native is 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA in 13 PCL appearances, four of which were starts. He is set to make his sixth straight start between two in Double-A and four in Triple A. In 34 2/3 PCL frames he’s allowed 28 runs, 19 earned on 31 hits, walked 20 and fanned 27, while holding opponents to a .238 batting average against. He squared off against the Sox on July 1 and went the first six innings and allowed four runs on five hits, including a Garrett Cooper homer, walked one and struck out five on 104 pitches, 67 strikes.
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 4-9 with four saves and a 3.99 ERA in 104 MiLB appearances, 17 starts. In 3 MLB outings with the Dodgers in 2013 he went 0-0 and notched a 13.50 ERA.
Last Time Out – July 15 – Loss vs. Nashville –
Garcia gave up four runs, albeit one earned on five hits in five innings and was dealt the loss by the Sounds. He walked three and struck out five on 93 pitches, 57 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 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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