Monday kicked off an eight-game homestand, the first game was shortened to eight innings due to rain. Then the Sox and Express were postponed Tuesday and scheduled a doubleheader for Wednesday. Then they had the doubleheader postponed Wednesday and scheduled a split, day-night double dip for Thursday.
That brings us up to date…and believe it or not, the Sky Sox and Round Rock played a game! It started at 1pm and ended a little over two hours later with a score of 4-2 in favor of the Sky Sox. Then the skies opened up and dropped a ton of rain on the field and made it unplayable once again and the second game of the twinbill was shipped off to Round Rock.
Anywho… There is a game to recap, so let’s get to it! The afternoon tilt began as a pitching matchup between the Sox’s Junior Guerra and E-Train’s Tyler Wagner. The Sox would jump on the board first, in the bottom of the first inning against the former Brewers farmhand.
Mauricio Dubon sparked the rally with a one out single, then two batters later it was Ivan De Jesus reaching on a single, which Nate Orf backed up with another knock to score Dubon and make it 1-0. The inning came to a close on that play with De Jesus getting thrown out trying to advance first to third on the hit to left.
Junior Guerra pitched two scoreless frames, before the Express tied the game in the third on a single, ground out, stolen base and wild pitch, 1-1. The home team responded with a run on a walk, double and sac fly in the bottom half of the inning and never looked back. Another run crossed the plate on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Travis Snider made it a little closer with a solo blast in the top of the sixth, but the Sox made it 4-2 with a run scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth. The game finished a little damp as a late-inning rain storm rolled through, but it was not going to stop the game from completing!
Hitting Notes –
The Sox were outhit 9-7, but doubled up the Express in the run column, 4-2. Two Sox had two multi-hit games…
Nate Orf led the way for the Sox and went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored. He’s now hitting .305.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis picked up two singles in the game.
Ivan De Jesus went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Mauricio Dubon had a single and scored a run.
Brett Phillips had a WACKY ground-rule double for his lone knock.
Chris Colabello walked twice and scored a run.
Kyle Wren worked a walk and scored a run.
Pitching Notes –
Junior Guerra took the start for the Sox and worked the first four and two-thirds allowing one run on five hits. His command lacked a touch as he walked two, didn’t fan a batter, but throw 75 pitches, 40 of which went for strikes. He fell an out short of qualifying for the win, which left the door open for…
Wei-Chung Wang, who logged three outs and was credited with the win. He gave up the Snider homer, but nothing else and had a strikeout while securing his sixth win of the year.
David Goforth got an out and Rob Scahill locked down his seventh save with a seventh inning that saw him allow two hits and strike out one Express.
Play of the Game –
With a runner at second and the tying run at the plate, in the form of big bopper Willie Calhoun, Wei-Chung Wang came out of the pen and induced a weak ground ball to second, which Dubon scooped up and shoveled to first to end the threat. What a play by the young man!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Taylor Jungmann –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (69-44) vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (45-71) – 7:00 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the Friday night tilt against the Baby Cakes at Security Service Field in the series opener. In eleven starts and two relief appearances with the Sox he’s accrued a 8-1 record and a 2.98 ERA, allowing 24 runs (22 earned) on 51 hits, walking 27 and fanning 60. PCL opponents are hitting .218 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. He is 4-0 with a 3.77 ERA in six starts at home and 0-1 against the Cakes this season.
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 48-39 with a 4.09 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – August 6 – Win at Bees –
Jungmann pitched into the seventh, but couldn’t get an out in his final frame, thus his line read six innings, in which he allowed a run on seven hits, walked one and struck out three on 79 pitches, 51 went for strikes.
Baby Cakes Starting Arm: Righty Scott Copeland will oppose Jungmann in the series opener tonight along the Front Range. He is in his first season with the Marlins organization and enters 8-10 with a 5.57 ERA in 21 starts with the ‘Cakes. The righty has allowed 67 runs (65 earned) on 127 hits in105 innings, while walking 44 and striking out 97. Opponents are hitting .297 against him. He tossed seven hitless innings against the Cubs on April 14, part of the ‘Cakes combined no-no. Tonight marks his third career start against Colorado Springs as he took the loss lasting two innings and allowing four runs on four hits in the Springs on May 26 and picked up a no decision in New Orleans on June 23 where he allowed a run on nine hits in 5.2 innings.
Copeland was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 21st round of the 2010 draft out of Southern Mississippi and has pitched for the O’s, Blue Jays and now the Marlins. He was released by Baltimore in July 2012 and signed a couple of days later by Toronto. He made his MLB debut for the Blue Jays in 2015 and is 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA in five MLB games, three starts. In 172 MiLB games, 162 starts, Copeland has accrued a 60-62 record with a 4.19 ERA.
Last Time Out – August 4 – Win vs. El Paso –
Copeland went the first six and secured the win over El Paso. He allowed five runs on five hits, including two homers, walked three and fanned eight, tying a season high mark. He threw a
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s games from Security Service Field beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 6:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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