The Sox opened up the eight game, nine day road trip with the first of four in Sin City and boy, were the 51s were ready for them. The Sox were greeted by Jonathan Albaladejo and company in the form of a 3-0 shutout, just the fourth time all season the Sox have been held to no runs and just the second shutty turned in by the home team.
Brandon Woodruff opposed Albaladejo and turned in a strong performance in his own right with five scoreless innings. He scattered six hits, walked a pair and fanned six. Albaladejo on the other hand went seven scoreless innings and allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight. It was his second appearance with the 51s and first start. Not too shabby of a start with Las Vegas as he has now tossed 11 1/3 shutout innings since being signed out of the Mexican League.
Tyler Cravy took over for the righty Woodruff and pitched a scoreless sixth before running into trouble with two down in the seventh. Amed Rosario walked and stole second in front of Dominic Smith who smacked a double to center, 1-0 51s. The next batter was Kevin Plawecki and he hammered a two-run shot to left, 3-0 home team.
The Sox would get two baserunners on in the eighth, but Tyler Bortnick lined out to end the threat. Henderson, Nevada product Chasen Bradford retired the side in order in the ninth to polish off the shutout.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox were held to four hits in the ballgame, three singles and one triple.
Brett Phillips led the way getting on base three times with a triple and two walks. He was left stranded at third following his two out three bagger in the sixth.
Keon Broxton reached twice with a single and a walk.
Nick Noonan and Tyler Heineman collected singles, while Chris Colabello walked rounding out the hitting notes.
Pitching Notes –
Brandon Woodruff worked the first five in scoreless fashion for the Sox, allowing six hits, walking two and fanning six in a great bounce back performance from his 2-out performance against Reno. He threw 69 pitches, 40 went for strikes.
Tyler Cravy tool the loss and dropped to 5-3, allowing three runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out one.
Jeanmar Gomez pitched the eighth in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out two.
Play of the Game –
The Sox turned some pretty nifty double plays and got great defense from their middle infielders, but Kevin Plawecki’s homer in the seventh takes our top spot…
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and MLB Umpire Supervisor Cris Jones –
Audio upcoming in a few…
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (63-41) at Las Vegas 51s (39-68) – 8:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Angel Ventura will make his ninth Triple-A start this evening, and seventh road appearance for the Sky Sox in the second of four against the 51s. He made his debut against the El Paso Diablos (Chihuahuas) on May 17 for the Sox and earned the win in West Texas. He enters play 5-2 with a 3.83 ERA, giving up 20 runs on 46 hits in 47.0 innings. The righty has walked 16 and fanned 29, while holding opponents to a .263 batting average against. He comes off a spectacular outing against Tacoma where he went six innings and allowed a run on seven hits. His six road starts have tallied up to a 4-2 record and a 3.16 ERA as he’s allowed 13 runs on 32 hits in 37 innings away from Security Service Field.
Ventura began the season in Biloxi and was 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA in eleven games, nine of which were starts. He was named a Southern League All-Star for his work with the Shuckers. The 24-year old was signed by the Brewers in 2011 and has steadily progressed each year. In 124 MiLB appearances, 66 starts, he is 34-30 with a 3.93 ERA.
Last Time Out – July 25 – Win vs. Tacoma –
Ventura took the pill looking to bounce back from a tough appearance against Omaha and made his second hime start a good one. The righty limited the Rainiers to a run on seven hits in six innings, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out three on 91 pitches, 63 went for strikes.
51s Starting Arm: Fellow right-hander Donovan Hand will oppose Ventura tonight for the Las Vegas squad. The 31-year old is 2-5 with a 8.05 ERA in 11 starts with the 51s and 5-7 5.74 ERA in 19 starts combined with Double-A Binghamton and Vegas. He’s allowed 58 runs, 51 earned, on 93 hits in 57 innings. He’s allowed 11 homers, walked 17 and fanned 30, while PCL opponents are hitting .366 against the Alabama native.
Hand was originally selected by the Brewers in the 14th round of the 2007 draft out of Jacksonville State University. He has pitched for the Brewers and Reds in the big leagues and is now trying to get back with the Mets. In 329 MiLB performances, 84 starts, Hand is 40-47 with 22 saves and a 4.16 ERA and 1-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 32 MLB games, seven starts.
Last Time Out – July 25 – Loss at Nashville –
Hand was tagged for 10 runs on 14 hits, four homers, in three and two-third innings. He walked two and struck out one on 93 pitches, 57 of which 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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