As per usual, a beautiful night at the ballpark was spoiled by a little rain passing through the area, BUT this night was different, because the rain only stalled the start of the contest, it didn’t postpone it. All in all it was a beautiful night at the park with a packed house of 8,195 on in attendance that saw the ‘Cakes fend off the Sox and secure the 11-10 win in game two of the four game series. The Sox now sit seven games up on the OKC Dodgers, and the magic number remains 19.
Angel Ventura and Mike Kickham served as the starters for the second contest of the series and both pitched a scoreless first, andddd both gave up a crooked number in the second. The ‘Cakes offense got rolling with one out in the second when Christian Colon and Chad Hinshaw hit back-to-back doubles and made it 1-0. Four more runs crossed the plate with two down and upped it to 5-0. Steve Lombardozzi connected for an RBI single, Eury Perez brought home a pair with a two-run double, and Brian Anderson capped off the scoring with an RBI single.
The Sox began to chip away at the 5-0 deficit with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, and a theme began to develop. Brett Phillips had an infield single to spark the rally and was backed up by another knock from Nate Orf. Chris Colabello was next and delivered a two-run double to make it 5-2. Rene Garcia singled, but Colabello was thrown out trying to advance to third for the first out. Yadiel Rivera kept the line moving and was the fifth Sky Sox hitter to pick up a hit in the frame. That streak came to an end with the pitcher Ventura, who bunted into the inning ending 1-5-4 double play.
The Sox settled for the two runs and Ventura settled in on the bump and put up three goose eggs to round out his outing. He was bailed out by the offense and actually left in line for the win. The Sox picked up a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-5 lead and picked up their starter. In the fourth it was a Phillips triple and an Orf double that made it 5-3, then an Rene Garcia sacrifice fly upped it to 5-4. Ivan De Jesus and Phillips delivered back-to-back doubles in the fifth and the Sox held the 6-5 advantage.
The sixth inning proved to be a quiet one, but the seventh was not. Andrew Barbosa returned for his second inning of work and got a ground out from the first hitter, but the floodgates opened to the tune of four runs after that. An Anderson sac fly tied the game, while a Colon two-run double and Chad Hinshaw RBI single gave the ‘Cakes a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. In fact they added another two runs in the eighth on a Peter Mooney double and Anderson single, 11-6 and Kickham, the starting pitcher left in line for the win.
The Sox were down to their final three outs, but wouldn’t go quietly into the night. Brandon Cunniff was on the bump and Nick Noonan laced a triple to left center to spark the rally. He scored when Eury Perez dropped a Dubon pop up in center, 11-7. Lewis Brinson followed with a MAMMOTH and I mean MAMMOTH two-run homer over the video board in left-center. Holy smokes was it crushed, 11-9 Cakes. Brett Phillips collected a two-out double and scored on a Colabello single to make it 11-10 with the tying run sitting at first base. Rene Garcia was the next hope for the Sox, but he popped out to end the rally and the game. An incredible comeback falls one run short for the Sox and they drop their second straight and third of four on the homestand.
Quick Hits…Phillips went 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles and a triple…Since his return to the Sox from the Show he is hitting 23-49 (.469) in 13 games…Nate Orf had two hits and an RBI…Chris Colabello had two hits and three RBI…Rene Garcia had three hits and drove in one…Tyler Cravy was the one Sox pitcher (of four) that didn’t give up a run…The game was delayed 23-minutes to start due to a passing shower and 4-minutes during the game for a broken base! A BROKEN BASE DELAY!…This homestand can’t end soon enough for the ground crew…
Play of the Game –
Brinson’s MAMMOTH two-run shot deserves to be our play of the game, without a doubt! But the highlight hasn’t been uploaded yet, so here is a nice, sure-handed play from Mauricio Dubon to hold you over…
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Brandon Barnes –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (69-46) vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (47-71) – 1:30 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Chase Anderson is slated to get the start in his second MLB Rehab appearance of the season. He went on the Brewers DL on June 29 with a left oblique strain and made his first appearance with the Wisconsin Timer Rattlers. He took the loss allowing a run on two hits, a walk and three strikeouts in three and one-third innings against the Cedar Rapids Kernals. In 16 starts with the ‘Crew he is 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA allowing 31 runs, 29 earned on 73 hits in 90 1/3 innings. He’s walked 27 and fanned 85, while holding opponents to a .224 batting average against.
Anderson was originally drafted by Arizona in the ninth round of the 2009 draft out of Oklahoma. He was acquired by the Brewers in the deal that sent Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner to the D-backs in exchange for Aaron Hill, Isan Diaz, Anderson, and cash. In 102 MiLB outings, 60 starts, he has a record of 24-23, three saves, and a 3.40 ERA. In 95 MLB games he is 30-26 with a 4.01 ERA. This marks Anderson’s Sky Sox debut.
Last Time Out – August 8 – Loss vs. Cedar Rapids –
Anderson worked 10 outs in his first rehab start and allowed a run on two hits, walked one and struck out three on 47 pitches, 31 of which went for strikes.
Baby Cakes Starting Arm: Right-hander Omar Bencomo will get the call to the hill this afternoon against the Sox in the third game of the four-game set at Security Service Field. He enters 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA through his first two outings with New Orleans. In seven innings he’s allowed five runs on seven hits, two homers, hit a batter, walked two and fanned six. He joined the ‘Cakes after making 16 appearances, 14 starts with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, where he went 5-4 with a 4.68 ERA. Today will mark his first career appearance with against the Sky Sox.
Bencomo was originally signed by the Rays as a minor league free agent in January 2007. He has pitched for the Rays, in Indy Ball, the Twins and now the Marlins throughout his career. He was out of affiliated ball from 2012 until he was signed by the Twinkies in 2015. In 134 MiLB appearances, 57 starts, Bencomo is 23-31 with three saves and a 3.94 ERA. He has not pitched in the big leagues.
Last Time Out – August 7 – No decision vs. Albuquerque –
Bencomo worked the first five innings and allowed four runs on five hits, including a homer, to the Isotopes. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out five on 80 pitches, 53 went for 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 1:30 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 1:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,