The Sky Sox continued their dominance over the Bees in the form of an 8-1 win Saturday night at Smith’s Ballpark. The game was a really wacky affair from the get-go as the Sox took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but committed two errors in the bottom of the inning and away we went…It featured a 21-minute power delay and a whole lot more…The win gave the Sox 67 victories, matching their total from a season ago.
Colorado Springs broke out the bats early and plated a run two batters into the game thanks to a Kyle Wren triple and a Mauricio Dubon ground out against right-hander Luis Diaz. It didn’t look like Diaz was long for the game, but he did pitch into the sixth inning, a small victory for the Bees.
Angel Ventura climbed the hill with a 1-0 lead and retired Michael Hermosillo with ease to open the bottom of the first. He induced a grounder to third, but Ivan De Jesus threw it away for an E5. Cameron Maybin hit a can of corn to center, but Lewis Brinson fumbled it for back-to-back Sky Sox errors. I can’t remember the last time that has happened with this team, but it did Saturday. Despite the two miscues behind him, Ventura would bounce back. A Jefry Marte single loaded the bases with one out, but the righty induced a pop up to short off the bat of Carlos Perez for the second out and Cesar Puello struck out swinging to end the inning. What. A. Job.
Ventura would be rewarded for his efforts with two more runs in the top of the second and the Sox never looked back. Tyler Heineman singled home Ivan de Jesus and Wren doubled home another to make it 3-0 Sox.
The great defensive plays and outstanding pitching put the game in cruise control for a little bit. Chris Colabello made a diving play at first and turned an unassisted double play to end the bottom of the second. Ventura turned in a 1-2-3 third, an inning in which De Jesus made a great play at the hot corner, and pitched around two hits in the fourth, fanning Nick Franklin to end the inning. A quiet fifth led to a perfect sixth for the righty and his outing was over, somewhat against his will…
The Sox were held off the scoreboard from the third until the sixth when De Jesus hit a two-run shot off the foul pole in right, upping the lead to 5-0.
The seventh saw Wren single to open the frame and Mauricio Dubon replace him on the basepath with a fielder’s choice. Then, with Lewis Brinson at the plate, the lights went out. Yep. A power surge flexed through Smith’s Ballpark, knocked out some lights and paused the game for 21-minutes. Not great! When play resumed the Sox were retired, and on to the eighth we went.
Old friend Damien Magnifico started the eighth and threw a 99 MPH fastball to Chris Colabello, then another at 101 MPH to make it 0-2 on the hitter. Colabello got a pretty good sense of what was coming next and hit it to the moon for a solo homer, 6-0. Nate Orf and Nick Noonan followed with walks and Tyler Heineman brought in another run on a single, 7-0 Sox.
Salt Lake would get its lone run in the bottom of the eighth on a triple and sacrifice fly, making it 7-1, while Colorado Springs got the run back on a throwing error in the top of the ninth, 8-1 the final.
Play of the Game –
Man there were so many to choose from, Chris Colabello’s unassisted double play, Ivan De Jesus’ play in the third, Nate Orf great play late in the game, Angel Ventura’s outing, Colabello’s homer, etc, etc…Since the only one with video evidence is the Colabello blast… Here it is!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and former Sky Sox Eric Young, Jr. –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (67-43) at Salt Lake Bees (58-55) – 1:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the Sunday afternoon affair in Salt Lake City against the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark in the road trip finale. In ten starts and two relief appearances with the Sox he’s accrued a 7-1 record and a 3.13 ERA, allowing 23 runs (21 earned) on 44 hits, walking 26 and fanning 57. PCL opponents are hitting .208 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 back-to-back wins and has won his last three decisions.
Drafted by the Brewers in the 1st round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Texas, Jungmann has made 133 MiLB appearances, 125 starts, and is 47-39 with a 4.11 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – July 31 – Win vs. 51s –
Jungmann went the first five innings and labored a little, but picked up the win over the 51s. He allowed three runs on seven hits, including a home run. He hit a batter, walked a pair and struck out seven on 85 pitches, 54 of which went for strikes.
Bees Starting Arm: Lefty Andrew Heaney climbs the hill in Salt Lake City for the second time with the Bees, fifth time overall in 2016 and sixth time in the last two years combined. It will be labeled as an MLB rehab assignment as Heaney is coming off Tommy John surgery. He will face the Sox in the series finale and looks to improve upon his 1-0 record and 5.40 ERA. His first start with the Bees was a win against the Sounds in Music City. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, while fanning seven.
Heaney was selected by the Marlins in the first round of the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State University. He was part of a deal that sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Fish and him to the Dodgers along with Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes in December 2014. The Dodgers then flipped him to the Angels in exchange for Howie Kendrick on the same day! In 67 MiLB appearances, 65 starts, Heaney is 26-14 with a 3.21 ERA and in 26 MLB outings, 24 starts he is 6-8 with a 4.09 ERA.
Last Time Out – August 1 – Win at Nashville –
Heaney climbed the hill and went the first five innings against the Sounds, earning the win. He allowed three runs on five hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five. He fired 81 bullets and 60 of them 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 Smith’s Ballpark beginning at 1:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 12:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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