They did it, they completed the sweep! The Sky Sox bounced back from a 1-3 start to the road trip and dealt the Bees four losses in a row, culminating with a 4-2 affair Sunday afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark. The win put the Sox at 5-3 on the road trip, 32-26 on the road and 68-43 on the season, a campaign-high 25 games above .500.
The game traveled to the fourth inning in scoreless fashion with righty Taylor Jungmann throwing bullets for the Sox and rehabbing lefty Andrew Heaney tossing for Salt Lake. Jungmann was dealing and faced the minimum through four innings, had thrown 48 pitches through five and completed six scoreless. Heaney went the first three in shutout fashion before the Sox struck for a pair in the fourth.
Brett Phillips greeted the southpaw with a leadoff triple and Ivan De Jesus backed him up with a two run blast to left, 2-0 good guys. It remained that way until the sixth when Phillips again began the inning with a bang in the form of a leadoff double. Jason Gurka took over for Heaney and a couple of batters later Rene Garcia and Yadiel Rivera went back-to-back with RBI singles to make it 4-0 Sox.
Jungmann pitched six scoreless and faced two batters in the seventh, both of whom singled, before being lifted for Tyler Webb. Webb got the next three men in order, however the first was on a squeeze bunt that brought a run home and broke up the shutout at 4-1.
The Sox wouldn’t make much noise at the plate the rest of the way and Salt Lake would a get a run in the ninth, but a fabulous double play started and turned by Mauricio Dubon wrapped up the game in style.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox were actually outhit in this ballgame 8 to 9, but it didn’t matter much as they picked up the 4-2 win. On Sox player had a multi-hit tilt and that was…
Brett Phillips, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored.
Ivan De Jesus connected on his seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth, for his lone hit.
Rene Garcia and Yadiel Rivera each went 1-for-4 with an RBI single.
Kyle Wren singled and walked.
Chis Colabello doubled and walked.
Mauricio Dubon singled.
Nate Orf walked and scored a run.
Pitching Notes –
Taylor Jungmann worked into the seventh inning and finished going six innings, plus two batters. He allowed a run on seven hits, walked one, and fanned three on 79 pitches, 51 went for strikes.. His record after the win sits at 8-1, while his ERA dropped to 2.98.
Tyler Webb and Jeanmar Gomez worked scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth.
Rob Scahill picked up his sixth save of the season, despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.
Play of the Game –
With out further adieu, I give you Brett Phillips’ leadoff triple in the fourth…
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Chris Colabello (pt. 2) –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (68-43) vs. Round Rock Express (53-61) – 6:40 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Michael Blazek readies for his twelfth start of the season, and second since returning to the roster from about a month in the big leagues. The Las Vegas native has a 2-3 record and 3.43 ERA through his first 21 appearances of the season. Blazek has been tagged for 26 runs on 65 hits, walked 27 and fanned 55 in 67 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .255 against the righty. He has been very good in the starting role going 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA and enters play today 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA in eight home appearances, four starts. He faced the Express in Colorado Springs on June 7 and gave up seven runs on 10 hits in four and two-third innings. He walked three and fanned 6.
Originally selected by the Cardinals in the 37th round of the 2007 draft, Blazek has pitched for both the Cardinals and Brewers organizations. He is 41-45 with 15 saves and a 4.06 ERA in 238 minor league outings, 99 of which have been starts, and 8-6 with a 4.39 ERA in 109 MLB games.
Last Time Out – August 1 – Loss vs. 51s –
Blazek returned from the Bigs and climbed the hill in his hometown city. He took the loss against the 51s allowing three runs on seven hits in four innings of work. He walked two and fanned three on 76 pitches, 45 strikes in the Sky Sox 3-0 loss.
Express Starting Arm: Right-hander James Dykstra gets the nod for the E-Train in the series opener tonight along the Front Range. The 26-year old comes in with a 1-6 record and a 7.79 ERA through his first 16 appearances with Round Rock, 8 of which have been starts. In 49 2/3 innings he’s allowed 46 runs (43 earned) on 83 hits, two have been homers. He’s hit three batters walked 21 and fanned 37 PCL hitters, but in return they are hitting at a clip of .377 against him. He has also made eight appearances with Double-A Frisco to the tune on an 0-1 record and two saves in eight games, two starts. On the road in the PCL he is 0-4 with a 9.35 ERA and has made one appearance against the Sox at SSF and went two thirds of an inning and allowed three runs on four hits, a walk and a strike out. He’s lost his last three starts.
Dykstra was originally selected by the White Sox in the 6th round of the 2013 draft out of Cal State San Marcos, then traded this past offseason to the Rangers for cash. In 108 MiLB outings, 69 starts, the right-hander is 21-37 with three saves and a 4.16 career ERA.
Last Time Out – August 1 – Loss vs. El Paso –
Dykstra went the first five innings in the game against the Chihuahuas and allowed four runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out three on 85 pitches, 52 strikes.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field beginning at 6:40 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,