The Sky Sox and Storm Chasers have played against one another 47 of the last 52 games and the Sox have taken 44 of them in winning fashion. (I promise it’s true, no need to look it up.) Of course, I kid, it just feels that way for Colorado Springs and Omaha, but last night their 17-game season series came to a close in the form of a 6-4 decision, favoring Omaha. In all the season set went the Sky Sox way 13-4 as the two teams split these four games in Omaha. We bid adieu to the Chasers until 2018!
Forrest Snow took the hill for the Sky Sox and Miguel Almonte climbed the bump for the Chasers in the series finale, but it would be a bullpen arm that stole the show.
Snow was tagged for a run in the second on a Frank Schwindel double, a throwing error on Nick Noonan, which put runners at the corners, and then a wild pitch that plated Schwindel from third to give the home team the 1-0 lead.
As was the case nearly all series, runs were scored in bunches and if one team scored, the other team did so in the next half frame. Keeping with this tradition, the Sox plated two runs against Onelki Garcia in the top of the third, yes, the bullpen arm that stole the show. Ivan De Jesus sparked the rally with a single, followed by a Nate Orf walk, which set the table for Chris Colabello. He ripped a double up the gap in right-center, plated a pair and gave the Sox the 2-1 lead, a lead that was….you guessed it, short lived…
…Because in the next half inning, Jorge Soler hit a mammoth two-run homer against Snow to give the Chasers the lead back at 3-2. A solo shot off the bat of Cheslor Cuthbert in the bottom of the fifth made it a 4-2 game, very similar to Wednesday’s affair.
Garcia really settled in after allowing the two runs in the third, and didn’t allow anymore action until the eighth. De Jesus began the inning with a double, then moved to third on a Colabello single. Andrew Susac walked to load the bases for Noonan who delivered with a game-tying two-run double. Garcia polished off his outing by striking out the side, giving him 10 Ks over 5 2/3 innings.
The Sox hopes of another thrilling victory were soon thwarted as Jorge Soler hit another home run, this time a solo shot to center on the first pitch of the frame from lefty Tyler Webb, 5-4. A Ryan O’Hearn double and Cam Gallagher single later made it 6-4 Omaha. The Sky Sox went quietly in the top of the ninth against Eric Stout who locked down the save.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox scored four runs on nine hits from four guys in the lineup, all of which had multi-hit games.
Ivan De Jesus led the charge with three hits, including a double, and two runs scored. De Jesus has now reached base safely in 37 straight games. THIRTY SEVEN STRAIGHT. Unreal!
Chris Colabello went 2-for-three with a walk, double, two RBI and a run scored in his first multi-hit game with the Sox.
Lewis Brinson put together another two hit game with a double and a single.
Nick Noonan had himself a two-hit night with a single and a double, he added two RBI.
Pitching Notes –
Forrest Snow took the mound and went the first three and two-third for the Sox. He allowed three runs on four hits, including the two-run bomb to Soler, walked one, and struck out two on 57 pitches, 37 of which went for strikes.
Jeanmar Gomez allowed a run to cross the plate on three hits while striking out one.
Wily Peralta went two scoreless and struck out two using 19 pitches, 14 of which went for strikes.
Tyler Webb made his Sky Sox debut and allowed two runs on three hits, including a Soler homer, and a walk in one inning.
Play of the Game –
Nick Noonans 2-run single in the top of the eighth is in the running, as is a TREMENDOUS catch by Lewis Brinson in the bottom of the fourth, robbing Corey Toups of extra bases. Of course there’s no video evidence of either.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Rick Sweet –
That’ll do if for the Storm Chasers and the American Conference for a while as the Sox next 16 games are all against Pacific Conference opponents. First up…the Reno Aces, the top affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks and leaders of the Pacific Northern Division…Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (59-36) vs. Reno Aces (57-41) – 7:00 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the opener of the interleague series against the Aces tonight at Security Service Field. In seven starts and two relief appearances with the Sox he’s accrued a 5-1 record and a 2.38 ERA, allowing 13 runs (12 earned) on 31 hits, walking 16 and fanning 41. PCL opponents are hitting .196 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 at home in four of his nine outings with Colorado Springs and is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings at the friendly confines of SSF.
Drafted by the Brewers in the 1st round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Texas, Jungmann has made 130 MiLB appearances, 122 starts, and is 45-39 with a 4.08 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – July 16 – No decision vs. Iowa –
Jungmann worked the first five innings out of the all-star break and allowed a run on four innings to the Iowa Cubs. He didn’t walk a man and fanned four on 63 pitches, 40 of which went for strikes.
Aces Starting Arm: Right-hander Frank Duncan will toe the slab for Reno in the series opener tonight along the Front Range. The 25-year old is 7-6 with a 6.23 ERA in 18 games for the Aces, 17 of which have come from the starting role. in 99 2/3 innings he’s allowed 77 runs (69 earned) on 135 hits, 14 homers, hit 6 batters, walked 30 and fanned 59. Opponents are hitting .325 against the San Francisco native. He has yet to face the Sky Sox in his career.
Duncan was originally selected by the Pirates in the 13th round of the 2014 draft out of Kansas and was traded to the Diamondbacks in exchange for second baseman Phil Gosselin this past February. In 86 minor-league outings, 78 starts, the righty is 31-27 with a 4.03 ERA and has yet to make his MLB debut.
Last Time Out – July 16 – Loss vs. El Paso –
Duncan pitched into the sixth, but was tagged for five runs on 13 hits by the Chihuahuas while recording 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four on 90 pitches, 59 of which went for strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 6:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,