Things did not look good for the Sox on their first day of the series at Principal Park…They were held to one hit, yes, ONE HIT and lost 2-0 in the first game of the doubleheader and found themselves down 4-3 and down to their final strike in game two. They gave Iowa a little taste of its own medicine and scored three times with two outs in the seventh and held on for the 6-4 win in the nightcap. The win combined with OKC’s loss ups the Sox lead to seven games in the division and lowers the magic number to 15.
Game One Recap –
Junior Guerra climbed the hill in the first game Tuesday and faced Brad Markey and the Cubs. Markey was making his first Triple-A start and second overall appearance in the PCL. The two arms tossed a scoreless first, but the Cubs struck for a run in the second on a Chris Dominguez single with two down, 1-0 Cubs. The second run scored in the fourth when Taylor Davis doubled and Jacob Hannemann bunted him to third he then scored on a double play, 2-0.
Markey threw up three zeros, and didn’t allow a hit before handing things over to the ‘pen. David Garner picked up right where the starter left off and threw two more scoreless before Justin Hancock took over and did the same. The Sox picked up three walks, had a hit batter and had ONE HIT, a Nate Orf single that led off the fifth inning.
Guerra worked the first four for the Sox and allowed the two runs on four hits, walked one and fanned three. Tyler Cravy and Tyer Webb combined to throw the last two innings in scoreless fashion.
It marked the sixth shutout the Cubs had turned in this season and the sixth time the Sox were shutout in 2017.
Game Two Recap –
The second game started with a BANG! as Kyle Wren jumped on the third pitch of the game and hit it over the wall in right for a leadoff solo homer! BOOM. Already a totally different ballgame.
Paolo Espino took the lead and ran with it. He didn’t allow a run in his four innings of work and chipped in with a funky play at the dish, too. The Sox picked up a leadoff single in the fourth, then a double, two on nobody out. Yadiel Rivera did follow with a K which didn’t advance the runners and brought the pitcher up. Espino squared around, Nick Noonan charged down the third baseline, the ball hit bat and the suicide squeeze was executed perfectly, 2-0 Sox. Kyle Wren was back at it and singled home a run to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.
The bottom of the fifth saw the game change in a flash. Andrew Barbosa took over for Paolo Espino and gave up a double and a walk before getting an out. Two batters later Taylor Davis hit a double to the top of the wall and brought home two runs, 3-2 Sox. It was CLEAR on the replay that a fan interfered with the ball and only one run should have scored, but the umps got together and the call stood. Tim Dillard entered with two down and walked the first man he faced, uncorked a wild pitch and gave up a two-run single to Ali Solis, 4-3 Cubs.
The Sox wouldn’t score in the sixth and were down to their final strike in the seventh before coming off the mat and scoring the winning runs. Jack Leathersich was on the bump for the Cubs and walked the first man he face, then threw away a throw to first on a sac bunt. Ivan De Jesus was the first out, but pushed the runners to second and third with a sac bunt of his own. Kirk Nieuwenhuis lined out to second for out number two, but Yadiel Rivera was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Brett Phillips. Phillips walked to tie the game and Kyle Wren singled home another pair, 6-4 Sox.
Rob Scahill slammed the door in the bottom of the inning and secured the win.
Kyle Wren had three of the Sox 10 hits and FOUR RBI…what a game two for him!
Play of the Games –
Wren’s leadoff homer in game two!
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Iowa President/GM Sam Bernabe (pt. 2) –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (71-48) vs. Iowa Cubs (58-63) – 11:08 a.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the Wednesday afternoon tilt against the Cubs at Principal Park in the third game of the six game series. In twelve starts and two relief appearances with the Sox he’s accrued an 8-1 record and a 2.86 ERA, allowing 25 runs (23 earned) on 56 hits, walking 30 and fanning 65. PCL opponents are hitting .220 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 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA in seven road appearances, five starts on the road and 1-0 in two starts against Iowa.
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 135 MiLB appearances, 127 starts, and is 48-39 with a 4.07 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – August 11 – No decision vs. Baby Cakes –
Jungmann was once again outstanding and limited New Orleans to a run on five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out five on 82 pitches, 52 went for strikes.
I-Cubs Starting Arm: Fellow righty Seth Frankoff is slated to face the Sox for the first time this season in the third game of six at Principal Park. He enters play 1-7 with a 4.27 ERA in 21 PCL appearances, 18 of which have been starts. He has allowed 51 runs, 47 earned, on 82 hits in 99 PCL innings, walking 39 and fanning 104. League opponents are hitting .227 against him. Frankoff is 1-2 at home with a 2.72 ERA in 8 appearances, 7 starts and 0-0 with a 3.46 ERA in four day games. He will make his first appearance against the Sox today.
Frankoff was originally selected by Oakland in the 27th round of the 2010 draft out of UNC Wilmington. He has pitched for the Athletics, Dodgers, and now Cubs. Chicago picked him up as a free agent this past offseason and put him in The Show for the first time. He took the loss in his debut allowing two runs in two innings out of the ‘pen. In 263 MiLB games, 67 starts, the 28 year old is 26-32 with 29 saves and a 3.76 ERA.
Last Time Out – August 11 – Loss at Omaha –
Frankoff lasted just four innings and gave up four runs on four hits, walked five and fanned three Storm Chasers at Werner Park. He threw 91 pitches, 48 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 games from Principal Park 11:08 a.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 10:30 a.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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