Ho hum another beautiful start to the day at Security Service Field. Sunny skies, 80 degrees, and an early lead for the Sox. Boy, did that change in a hurry. In the top of the fifth, not only did the lead vanish, but the sun did too, the skies opened up, the temperature dropped and we were in for a delay that lasted 1 hour and 39 minutes. Oh, and then the game went into extra innings and the ‘Cakes notched four runs in the top of the 11th, winning by the margin of 8-4.
Lewis Brinson began the game with a bang, two bangs in fact. He stepped in against Omar Bencomo in the with one down in the bottom of the first and crushed an oppo taco over the wall in right-center, 1-0 Sox. In the third inning, Kyle Wren reached on a single with two down, then was drilled by a throw over on a pickoff attempt, right in the ribs. He writhed in pain for a little while, before Brinson alleviated that pain with a two-run yaboooooo off the right side of the video board. Three plate appearances in a row, three homers for Sweet Lew, and a 3-0 lead for the Sox. Things got even more interesting when Ivan De Jesus was hit by a pitch after the homer, but nothing else came from it.
Chase Anderson started on a big league rehab assignment and worked through three scoreless innings before running into trouble with two down in the fourth. He walked Ramon Cabrera on four pitches, threw the first one out of the zone to Cal Towey, had a meeting with Tyler Heineman, and threw another pitch to the ‘Cakes batter. Towey took advantage of the fastball in the zone and drove it over the wall in right for a two-run blast, 3-2.
Anderson returned for the fifth and gave up a leadoff single to Chad Hinshaw who then moved to second on a sac bunt. Eury Perez ended Anderson’s outing by knocking Hinshaw in with a single, tie game. Tim Dillard came out of the pen and was greeted by rain and a Peter Mooney double that put the visitors in front 4-3. Moises Sierra was hit by a breaking ball and the thunder and lightning got a little too close for comfort, starting the lengthy delay.
After the 1:39 pause in action, the Sox turned to Wei-Chung Wang to complete the fifth, which he did without allowing another run. The Sox would tie the game in the sixth on a Nate Orf single and Chris Colabello double, but Chris didn’t get an RBI…It’s tough to explain, but when the throw came into second the ‘Cakes held on to it too long and lost track of Orf who scurried down the line and scored to tie the game, 4-4.
The two teams would remain even through the tenth, then New Orleans retook the lead for good in the eleventh. Eury Perez ended up at third base on a pop up that landed about 15 feet out behind second base, a gift triple. Peter Mooney followed with the go-ahead single, a pop up out behind third…Sierra singled, Brian Anderson struck out against Tristan Archer, but Ramon Cabrera launched a towering three-run blast down the line in right, 8-4, final.
Give credit to the New Orleans bullpen as Keyvious Sampson, Victor Payano, and Tayron Guerrero combined to throw seven innings of one-run, five-hit ball.
Quick Hits…Brinson connected on two homers in the game, marking the eighth time a Sox hitter has done that this season…The Sox were outhit 19-10…Kyle Wren went 3-for-6 with 2 doubles…Lewis Brinson had the two bombs…Tyler Heineman went 2-for-4…Anderson’s rehab start lasted 4 1/3 innings and he allowed four runs on six hits, walked one and fanned two…
Plays of the Game –
Brinson HR #1 –
Brinson HR #2
Pregame Interview with Dan Acheson and Brian Anderson (pt. 1) –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (69-47) vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes (48-71) – 12:30 p.m.
Game Notes / Listen Live at 12:00 p.m.
Pitching Probables: RHP Bubba Derby (2-0, 3.98) vs. RHP William Cuevas (2-4, 3.79)
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Bubba Derby will make his ninth Triple-A start this evening in the finale of the four game series against the Bees. It will be his first start of homestand and first since August 3rd when he faced the Bees and lasted 11 outs. He has earned the win in two of his first eight outings with the Sox this season, but hasn’t recorded a decision since June 27th. Overall with the Sox he’s allowed 20 runs (18 earned) on 36 hits in 40 2/3 innings. He’s walked 11 and fanned 32. 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. At home in the PCL, the righty is 1-0 in three starts with a 4.80 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 66 MiLB outings, 45 starts, the righty is 11-15 with a 4.19 ERA.
Last Time Out – August 3 – No decision at Salt Lake –
Derby worked the first three and two-thirds innings and allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits; he hit a batter, walked one and struck out two on 72 pitches, 48 strikes.
Baby Cakes Starting Arm: Righty William Cuevas will make his 10th appearance in a Baby Cakes uniform when he climbs the hill at Security Service Field this afternoon. He began the season with the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers org.) before electing free agency in early June. Signed by the Marlins, Cuevas was sent to Triple-A and here we are. His first ten outings have been solid for the Cakes, and seven of them have been starts. He’s allowed 16 runs on 28 hits, he’s given up five homers, hit one batter, walked 13 and fanned 31. He was 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA in the international league prior to his free agency. He faced the Sox in New Orleans on June 25 and pitched six scoreless, one-hit innings.
Cuevas was originally signed by the Red Sox out of Venezuela in 2008. He pitched with the Sox through the 2016 season before electing free agency and going to the Tigers. In 173 MiLB games, 104 starts, Cuevas is 48-46 with six saves a 3.67 ERA, while in four MLB games he’s 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA.
Last Time Out – August 8 – Win vs. Albuquerque –
Cuevas tossed another six, one-hit, shutout innings this time against the ‘Topes. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight on 73 pitches, 53 of which 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 12:30 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets fired up at 12:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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