The Sky Sox entered Friday hoping for a winning homestand and a series sweep against the Tacoma Rainiers at Security Service Field, however neither one of those things would be accomplished as the series and homestand finale ended in 10 innings with the visitors in front 4-3. Still, a split homestand and a winning series is not too shabby, particularly at this point in the season!
The Sox never led in the game as Tacoma jumped out to a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth inning on a Boog Powell solo homer in the second and an RBI sac fly off the bat of D.J. Peterson in the fourth, both came against Sox starter Bubba Derby.
Colorado Springs shave the deficit in half with a run in the bottom on the fourth whn Chris Colabello singled to the third baseman Danny Muno. Muno had it carom off the left chest and Brett Phillips took off for home the throw went into the dugout and Phillips scored to make it 2-1.
Tacoma bounced back and regained the two-run lead with a run on a Taylor Motter RBI double to left.
Down 3-1, the Sox got a boost from Andrew Susac who departed Security Service Field with a homer to left in the seventh, his eighth blast of the season. Kyle Wren tripled with two out and scored on Mauricio Dubon’s RBI single into center to tie the game.
The Sox had the leadoff man on in each of the eighth and ninth innings, and moved them into scoring position with sacrifice bunts, but could not plate ’em and off to extras we went.
Gordon Beckham smacked a two-out solo homer against David Goforth in the top of the tenth and the Sky Sox would not respond and took their first extra innings loss of the year.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up the three runs on nine hits and had a pair of multi-hit affairs.
Kyle Wren filled the leadoff spot and went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and run scored.
Brett Phillips returned to the Sky Sox lineup and went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Andrew Susac hit a solo homer.
Mauricio Dubon went 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Ivan De Jesus extended his on-base streak to 43 games with a single.
Nate Orf and Chris Colabello each had a hit and a walk.
Pitching Notes –
Bubba Derby went the first five innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits; he walked three and struck out five on 93 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes. He did not factor into the decision.
Tristan Archer pitched two scoreless innings and allowed a hit and a walk, while fanning one.
Tyler Webb turned in a clean sheet in the eighth allowing a hit and striking out two.
David Goforth allowed a run in two innings. the one hit he allowed was a solo shot, he also walked one.
Play of the Game –
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Lance Painter –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (63-40) at Las Vegas 51s (38-68) – 8:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Brandon Woodruff readies for his 16th start 2017, 15th with the Sky Sox and seventh outside the walls of Security Service Field when he climbs the hill tonight against the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field. He is 6-5 with a 4.78 ERA overall in his first 14 starts with the Sky Sox. He’s 2-2 on the road allowing 14 runs (13 earned) in 31.2 innings. He lost his last start against the Aces and couldn’t make it out of the first inning. 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 45 runs (37 earned) on 70 hits; he has walked 23, struck out 65, hit four batters and given up eight homers. Woodruff has held opponents to a .258 batting average against and has a 1.41 ground out to air out ratio.
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 25-23 with a 3.35 ERA in 78 outings, 70 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 24 – Loss vs. Reno –
Woodruff struggled out of the gate (and wasn’t helped by two errors from his own team) and lasted just two-thirds of an inning against the Aces. He allowed 8 runs, 4 earned, on five hits, two walks and struck out one. He threw 35 pitches, 22 went for strikes in what was his final MLB Rehab start.
51s Starting Arm: Right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo finds himself back in affiliated ball and will make his second appearance, first start, of the season with Las Vegas. His first outing saw him go four and one-third innings in scoreless fashion against the Sounds. He returns to MiLB for the first time since 2013 when he was with the New Orleans club.
Albaladejo was originally selected by the Pirates in the 19th round of the 2001 draft out of Miami Dade CC. In 417 MiLB appearances, 67 starts, he is 54-42 with 92 saves and a 3.36 ERA. In 66 MLB games the righty is 6-3 with a 4.34 ERA.
Last Time Out – July 25 – No decision at Nashville –
Albaladejo went four and one-third innings and didn’t allow a run. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two on 53 pitches, 34 went for strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from Cashman Field beginning at 7:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 7:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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