Sox Scribbles: Sox Blanked In Finale, 3-0…Hasta Las Vegas…Team Searches For Better Luck in Salt Lake

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Bubba Derby is slated to start the series opener for the Sky Sox tonight in Salt Lake. The Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB)

For the second time in the series, the Sky Sox were shutout by the 51s to the tune of a 3-0 margin and left Sin City dropping three of four. If there ever was a time for “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” times, Colorado Springs hopes it is now and that the shutouts and losses stay there. The Sox leave Vegas and get set to open up a four-game set against the Salt Lake Bees tonight at Smith’s Ballpark, the preview follows the review.

The Sox fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a Kevin Plawecki double and trailed 3-0 after a two-run bottom of the third that saw Dominic Smith Crush an RBI triple to center and score on another Plawecki knock to make it 3-0.

The Sox could never get the big hit they needed to get back in the game and went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 men on base. The best offensive chance came in the top of the sixth when they put the first two men on via a single and a walk. The next two went in order before Andrew Susac walked to load the bases and Chris Colabello lined out to third to end the threat.

The defense turned four double plays, which helped keep them in striking distance.

Game Story Here

Hitting Notes – 

The Sox picked up five hits in the tilt, four singles and a double.

Brett Phillips reached base three times on a hit and two walks.

Chris Colabello went 1-for-4 with a double.

Yadiel Rivera, Nick Noonan, Mauricio Dubon each had singles.

Andrew Susac walked.

Pitching Notes – 

Michael Blazek worked the first four innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, walked a pair and fanned three in his return to the Sky Sox. He threw 76 pitches and 45 went for strikes.

Andrew Barbosa worked two scoreless allowing a hit, walking one and striking out two.

Tyler Craby pitched around a hit and a walk in the seventh.

Rob Scahill and Tristan Archer combined tho throw a zero in the eighth on one hit.

Play of the game – 

The Sox did turn four double plays and Mauricio Dubon made a KILLER play in the bottom of the first, but the play of the game, with visual proof, is Dominic Smith’s RBI triple.

Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Brett Phillips – 

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (64-43) at Salt Lake Bees (58-52) – 7:05 p.m.

Game Notes Listen Live at 6:30 p.m.

Pitching Probables: RHP Bubba Derby (2-0, 3.16) at RHP Osmer Morales (1-0, 2.40)

Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Bubba Derby will make his eighth Triple-A start this evening in the opener of the four game series against the Bees. It will be his first start of the road trip, as he pitched twice on the last homestand. He has earned the win in two of his first seven outings with the Sox this season. Overall with the Sox he’s allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 29 hits in 37 innings. He’s walked 10 and fanned 30. 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. On the road in the PCL, the righty is 1-0 in four starts with a 2.05 ERA.

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 65 MiLB outings, 44 starts, the righty is 11-15 with a 4.07 ERA.

Last Time Out – July 28 – No decision vs. Tacoma –

Derby went five innings against the Rainiers and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, one of which left the yard. The right-hander also gave up a hit a batter, walked three and fanned five on a season-high 93 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes.

Bees Starting Arm: Fellow righty Osmer Morales will climb the hill for the Bees in the series opener and gets set to make the fourth start of his Triple-A career, first against the Sox. He is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his first three outings, alloing five runs (four earned) on 12 hits in 15 PCL innings. He’s been tagged for three homers, walked eight and fanned 16, while holding opponents to a .218 batting average. His PCL starts have come against Sacramento and Albuquerque at home and Memphis on the road. In 16 starts with Double-A Mobile he went 4-4 with a 4.83 ERA.

Morales, a native of Venezuela, was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in December 2010 and pitched in the Seattle organization until the end of the 2016 season when he elected free agency and then signed with the Angels. In 134 MiLB appearances, 49 starts, the righty is 21-21 with 10 saves and a 3.28 ERA.

Last Time Out – July 26 – No decision at Memphis – 

Morales worked the first four innings against the Redbirds, making it the shortest Triple-A start of his brief career, and didn’t factor into the decision. He allowed two runs on three hits, a homer, walked three and struck out four on 94 pitches, 54 of which went for strikes.

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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from Smith’s Ballpark beginning at 7:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 6:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

@Dan_Acheson

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