The Las Vegas 51s entered this series with the worst record in the Pacific Coast League, in fact, they still have the worst record despite winning the first two games of the series. Sunday night saw the Sox hold a 4-2 lead in the sixth, but the home team anted up with a seven run sixth inning, added another three in the seventh and torched the Sox 12-6. The loss sent Colorado Springs to its third straight defeat, a streak that has been reached five times, but never exceeded.
Three runs crossed the plate in all of Saturday’s game…Three runs crossed the plate in the top of the first inning of Sunday’s game and the candle was lit. The Sox offense got going against former Brewers farmhand Donovan Hand with a one out double off the bat of Mauricio Dubon. Brett Phillips walked, and Nate Orf followed with a two-bagger that made it 1-0. Keon Broxton followed with a single that plated a pair and made it 3-0.
Angel Ventura took the hill with a three-run lead, but gave a pair back on a Dominic Smith two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning. Smith connected on the big fly, crushing it to right for his 16th blast of the season.
Things settled in for both sides until the fourth inning when Chris Colabello struck gold with a towering solo blast to left, upping the advantage to 4-2.
Ventura would toss up zeros in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings, but seemed to run out of gas in the desert heat and the 51s struck for seven in the sixth, four of which were charged to Ventura, and they never looked back.
Smith smacked a double, Xorge Carrilo singled and Phillip Evans connected on a three run blast, four batters into the sixth to give the 51s their first lead of the night at 5-4. The wheels kept spinning for the home team as Victor Cruzado followed the homer with a double and ended Ventura’s night. Tristan Archer was first out of the ‘pen and gave up an RBI single to Jio Mier, 6-4 .Jayce Boyd walked, then Gavin Cecchini singled to load the bases. A walk, ground out and Travis Taijeron single finished off the inning, 9-4.
Tyler Webb took the hill in the bottom of the seventh and was greeted by an Evans single, a one out walk to Mier and Cecchini connecting on a two-out three run homer before the inning closed, 12-4 51s.
The Sox offense wasn’t able to recover until the ninth when Broxton hit a solo homer, his first back with the Sox, and Yadiel Rivera connected for an RBI double to get it to the final of 12-6.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox picked up six runs on nine hits from five guys in their lineup. Four of them had multi hit games.
Keon Broxton led the charge with two hits, including his first homer back with the Sox, and three runs batted in.
Chris Colabello went 2-for-4 with a double, homer, RBI and run scored.
Yadiel Rivera had two hits, a double and a single, and an RBI.
Mauricio Dubon had a double and a single and scored a run.
Nate Orf had the other knock for the Sox, an RBI double.
Brett Phillips walked and scored a run.
Pitching Notes –
Angel Ventura went the first five and one-third innings, but ran out of steam and was knocked around for six runs on nine hits. He walked one, fanned five, but allowed two homers on 91 pitches, 55 of which went for strikes.
Tristan Archer had a very uncharacteristic outing and allowed three runs on three hits and a pair of walks, while recording just two outs.
Tyler Webb worked the seventh and gave up the three-run blast off the bat of Gavin Cecchini.
Tom Wilhelmsen allowed a walk and fanned one in the eighth.
Play of the Game –
For the Sox pick a homer, Colabello’s or Broxton’s! But for the second straight blog we have to go with a 51s blast, tonight’s brought to you by Dominic Smith. Womp, womp.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (63-42) at Las Vegas 51s (40-68) – 8:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the Monday night affair in Downtown Vegas against the 51s at Cashman Field. In nine starts and two relief appearances with the Sox he’s accrued a 6-1 record and a 2.93 ERA, allowing 20 runs (18 earned) on 37 hits, walking 24 and fanning 50. PCL opponents are hitting .193 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 is coming off a start against Tacoma that saw him go the first five in perfect fashion, he would later get the win.
Drafted by the Brewers in the 1st round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Texas, Jungmann has made 132 MiLB appearances, 124 starts, and is 46-39 with a 4.10 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – July 26 – Win vs. Tacoma –
Jungmann earned the win with six VERY solid innings against the Rainiers. He did not allow a baserunner through the first five and one-third innings, and finished giving up two runs on a hit, walking three and striking out seven on 94 pitches, 56 went for strikes.
51s Starting Arm: Veteran righty Wilfredo Boscan is set to toe the slab for the 51s in the third game of the four-game series. Boscan enters 4-10 with a 5.42 ERA over his first 19 starts and has allowed 62 runs (55 earned) on 129 hits in 91 1/3 innings. He’s allowed seven homers, hit three batters, walked 23 and struck out 53. Opponents are hitting .344 against the Maracaibo, Venezuela native. He is 2-3 with a 5.52 ERA in seven home starts allowing 19 runs on 40 hits.
Boscan is well traveled having spent time with the Rangers, Padres, Red Sox, Pirates, Braves and now Mets organizations. In 244 MiLB appearances, 177 starts, Boscan has accrued a 62-77 record with a 4.12 ERA and is 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA in 6 MLB games, all last year with Pittsburgh.
Last Time Out – July 26 – Loss at Nashville –
Boscan worked the first four and one-third innings and gave up seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits to the Sounds. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out six on 93 pitches, 65 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 8:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 7:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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