Mother Nature has impeccable timing. Impeccable! She rolled in right around 6:35 last night to give Security Service Field and paused the start of the game 1 hour and 44 minutes. Finally, when 8:24 rolled around, the Rainiers jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Sox would go on to score 13 unanswered runs and sealed the opener in 13-4 fashion, snapping a couple of streaks, Tacoma’s five-game winning streak and the Sox three-game losing skid.
Leonys Martin doubled down the line in right, moved to third on an Angel Ventura wild pitch and scored on Taylor Motter’s 6-3 ground out and two batters in Tacoma held the 1-0 lead. Ventura wiggled his way through the rest of the inning with out any further damage, then hit the gas to turn in five scoreless innings in a row.
Casey Lawrence was doing his best Greg Maddux impression and retired the first nine Sox in perfect fashion on thirty pitches, but then came the fourth inning. Kyle Wren broke up the perfecto with a single, Mauricio Dubon followed suit with a knock and Nick Noonan (who pinch hit for Brinson in the bottom of the first) doubled them in to give the Sox a l2-1 lead they would never look back from. Ivan De Jesus connected on a single, extending his on-base streak to a franchise record 41 games, and pushed Noonan to third. Keon Broxton capped off the three-run fourth with a sac-fly, 3-1 Sox.
The fifth saw another three run inning thanks to a Yadiel Rivera two-run homer and De Jesus run-scoring double. FIVE runs scampered home in the sixth against Tyler Cloyd and Ryne Harper. Three batters into the frame Chris Colabello took Cloyd DEEP over the wall in right-center for a three-run shot, his second of the season with the Sox. The last two runs of the inning scored on bases loaded walks.
The bottom of the eighth saw Andrew Susac connect on a two-run single against Danny Muno, a position player making his pitching debut. It was the 12th time this season the Sox have faced a position player on the mound. TWELFTH TIME! 13-1 heading to the top of the ninth, when Tacoma capped off the game with three runs against Matt Ramsey, making it the final of 13-4.
Quick Hits –
Lewis Brinson was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the first and sent twitter into a frenzy…turns out he got the call back to the bigs, go get ’em sweet Lew!…Angel Ventura was outstanding in his second home start as he went the first six innings and gave up a run on seven hits in six innings, he didn’t walk anyone and fanned three…Kyle Wren, Mauricio Dubon, Nick Noonan, and Chris Colabello each had two hits and two runs scored…Ivan De Jesus reached for the 41st game in a row setting a franchise record with a 2-for-3 performance…Colabello drove in three, Noonan, Broxton, Susac, and Rivera each had two RBI…
Play of the Game –
Ivan De Jesus’ fourth inning single put him at the top of the Sky Sox record books with 41 straight games on base, congrats to him! Yadiel Rivera and Chris Colabello went deep with multi-run bombs, here’s Colabello’s for your viewing pleasure!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Andrew Barbosa –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (61-39) vs. Tacoma Rainiers (52-51) – 12:30 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the Wednesday matinee against the Rainiers this afternoon at Security Service Field. In eight starts and two relief appearances with the Sox he’s accrued a 5-1 record and a 2.92 ERA, allowing 18 runs (16 earned) on 36 hits, walking 21 and fanning 43. PCL opponents are hitting .208 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 five of his ten outings with Colorado Springs and is 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 25 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 131 MiLB appearances, 123 starts, and is 45-39 with a 4.11 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – July 21 – No decision vs. Reno –
Jungmann went the first four innings against the Aces and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, a wind-aided homer, walked five and fanned two on 76 pitches, 41 of which went for strikes.
Rainiers Starting Arm: The Rainiers will send righty Chase De Jong to the bump for his first career start against the Sky Sox this afternoon along the Front Range. The Long Beach, California native enters 3-4 with a 5.67 ERA in 12 PCL starts with Tacoma. It is the second straight pitcher with Blue Jays ties that the Rainiers will send to the hill after Lawrence pitched in the opener. The right-hander has logged 66.2 Triple-A innings and has allowed 45 runs, 42 earned, on 74 hits, 18 homers, 4 hit batters, 22 walks and 55 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .278 against him. He made his MLB debut for the Mariners this season and went 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA in seven appearances, four starts, allowing 20 runs on 31 hits, 5 homers, in 28.1 innings. In total he’s allowed 23 homers in 95 innings.
De Jong was selected by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. He was shipped to the Dodgers for Tim Locastro in July 2015, and on to the Mariners this past offseason for RHP Aneurys Zabala and SS Drew Jackson. He is currently in his sixth professional season and has accumulated a 33-25 record with a 3.72 ERA in 105 appearances, 93 starts. In the seven 10 MLB appearances he is 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA.
Last Time Out – July 21 – No decision vs. Sacramento –
De Jong pitched into the eighth inning and held the RiverCats to three runs on seven hits in seven and two-third innings. He gave up a homer, walked one and struck out five on 103 pitches, 64 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 12:30 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 12:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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