The Sky Sox offense has been rolling all season, but this series against Tacoma, and really the whole homestand, the bats have been outstanding. They added another 16 runs and 17 hits to the tally last night, upping the totals from the seven games at Security Service Field to 70 runs and 95 hits. Holy moly! Let’s take a look at how they got it done…
What began as a battle between former Sox starter Christian Bergman and current Sox Starter Tim Dillard, quickly turned into a one-sided affair. Dillard retired the first six Tacoma hitters to open the game, while Bergman was tagged for three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first. Kyle Wren drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on Mauricio Dubon’s double. Keon Broxton hit a bullet past the third baseman for an RBI single. The Sox, with runners at the corners, then pulled off a double steal with Broxton heading for second and Dubon scoring on the throw down. Nick Noonan followed with an RBI single two batters later to finish the frame.
Bergman threw a scoreless second, while Dillard tossed a scoreless second and third for Colorado Springs. Dubon sparked the third with a leadoff solo homer, putting the Sky Sox up 4-0 against one of the leagues best pitchers.
Dillard was activated from the disabled list right before the game and called upon to make the spot start, in place of Paolo Espino who was scratched following the result of the Brewers game. Then came the fourth inning. The hour-long frame saw 11 runs combined.
Tacoma would get on the board and tie the contest with four runs in the top of the fourth inning against the Sox starter. FIVE straight singles opened the scoring, two of which brought in runs. Tuffy Gosewisch brought home another on a double play and Tyler Smith tied it with an RBI infield single, 4-4.
The tie was very short lived as the home team chased Bergman from the game with a seven-run fourth and never looked back. Back-to-back doubles by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Susac made it 5-4, then a Wren RBI triple upped it to 6-4, a two-run double from Orf made it 8-4, Noonan’s second ribby knock increased it to 9-4 and Susac’s second hit of the inning, a two-run single, capped off the frame and gave the Sox the 11-4 advantage. Usually we say it happened in a blink, but last night it took sandlotforeverrrr.gif.
Another four runs on three hits scored in the fifth for the Sox and made it 15-4. The run scoring plays were a two-run double by Noonan with the sacks packed, a Chris Colabello sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Nieuwenhuis, 15-4.
Leonys Martin connected for a grand slam in the top of the sixth and Orf brought in the final Sox run with an RBI single in the bottom half. Tacoma added a run in garbage time, the top of the ninth, to make it the final of 16-9.
Hitting Notes –
Colorado Springs picked up 16 runs on 17 hits and got at least one hit from eight of the nine in the starting lineup, the lone man not to get on was Yadiel Rivera. SIX of the eight who reached base had multi-hit games.
Mauricio Dubon had a monster night at the plate reaching base SIX times and scoring FIVE times. He had three hits, a single, double, and homer; was hit by a pitch, walked twice, and drove in one. BIG night.
Nick Noonan wasn’t too far behind with his 3-for-6 night that included a double, two runs scored, and four RBI.
Andrew Susac went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run score.
Nate Orf drove in three with two hits, walked and scored two runs.
Keon Broxton had two hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored.
Kyle Wren was on base three times with a hit and two walks and scored three runs.
Chris Colabello drove in a run with a hit and scored one too.
Pitching Notes –
Tim Dillard did great in a spot start for the Sox and gave them four innings, fresh off the disabled list. He allowed four runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out a pair of mountains on 60 pitches, 40 of which went for strikes.
Andrew Barbosa was first out of the ‘pen and earned the win for the Sxo. He allowed three unearned runs to score on two hits and two walks. He is now 6-1.
Wei-Chung Wang gave up a grand slam and three other hits, but was charged with only one run over four outs.
Jeanmar Gomez tossed a scoreless eighth and Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a run on two hits and struck out two in the ninth.
Play of the game –
Boy did Mauricio Dubon have a night! Here are two videos, one of him hitting a solo shot and the other of him scoring is fifth run of the game.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox Manager Rick Sweet –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (62-39) vs. Tacoma Rainiers (52-53) – 7:00 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Bubba Derby will make his seventh Triple-A start this evening in the finale of the four game series against the Rainiers. It will be his second start of the homestand as he went five frames against Reno on July 23. He has earned the win in two of his first six outings with the Sox this season. Overall with the Sox he’s allowed 11 runs on 24 hits in 32 innings. He’s walked seven and fanned 25. In 18 games and two starts with Biloxi, Derby went 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA, allowing 16 runs on 40 hits in 50 innings.
Derby was selected by the Athletics in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of San Diego State University and was acquired by the Brewers, along with catcher Jacob Nottingham, in the trade that sent Khris Davis to Oakland. In 64 MiLB outings, 43 starts, the righty is 11-15 with a 4.08 ERA.
Last Time Out – July 23 – No Decision vs. Reno –
Derby took the hill in the day game on Sunday and went the first five innings, allowing four runs on four hits to the Aces. He walked two and fanned three on 77 pitches, 44 went for strikes.
Rainiers Starting Arm: Sam Gaviglio will wrap up the series on the mound for Tacoma tonight at Security Service Field. The right-hander has made more appearances (12) in the big leagues, than with Tacoma (7) this season. In the seven starts with the Rainiers, Gaviglio is 3-4 with a 3.89 ERA allowing 20 runs (19 earned) on 41 hits in 44 innings. He’s walked just five and fanned 25. In 12 appearances, 11 starts, with the Mariners he has compiled a 3-5 record with a 4.62 ERA allowing 37 runs (32 earned) on 63 hits in 62 1/3 innings. PCL opponents are hitting .247 against him, while his BAA in the big leagues is .270. He enters 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA on the road.
Gaviglio was originally property of the Cardinals after they drafted him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Oregon State. He pitched with the Cardinals until November 2014 when he was shipped to the Mariners in exchange for Ty Kelly. The Ashland, Oregon native has a career MiLB record of 37-40 with a 4.03 ERA in 117 appearances, 109 starts and is 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA in his first 12 MLB outings.
Last Time Out – July 23 – Win vs. Sacramento –
Gaviglio toed the slab and pitched into the seventh inning, earning the win over the RiverCats. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five on 98 pitches, 66 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 6:40 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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