The Sox held a 7-2 lead heading to the fifth inning and looked primed for another win, their sixth straight against the Dodgers, but boy did that change in a hurry. Oklahoma City scored five in the fifth to tie it, one in the sixth to take the lead, another five in the seventh, three in the eighth and capped it off with a run in the ninth, locking down the 17-9 win over Colorado Springs in the third game of the four-game set. The Sox magic number to clinch remains at seven heading to tonight’s series and homestand finale.
After Paolo Espino worked a scoreless top of the first, his offense hopped out to a 5-0 lead. FIVE-ZIP. Quintin Berry started the rally by getting hit by a pitch, Mauricio Dubon singled and Ivan De Jesus walked to fill ’em up with nobody out against lefty Justin Marks. He got Brett Phillips to pop out in foul ground and Nate Orf to hit a sac fly to left, which made it 1-0. Two on, two out and a chance for the Dodgers to get out of it, but Tyler Heineman walked to load the bases in front of Kirk Nieuwenhuis who drove in a pair with a single and Yadiel Rivera’s triple added another two and made it 5-0.
The Dodgers were kept off the board until the third when Kyle Farmer doubled home two and trimmed the lead to three, but the Sox bounced back with a run in the bottom half of the third and fourth innings, re-upping it to five. Orf tripled and scored on Heineman’s single in the third and Mauricio doubled, moved to third on E8 and scored on a De Jesus ground out, 7-2.
From that point forward it was 15-2 Oklahoma City. Fifteen. To. Two. Holy smokes. The Dodgers plated five runs in the fifth to tie it up, the last three scoring on an O’Koyea Dickson three-run blast, his 24th of the season. Bobby Wilson’s solo shot in the sixth gave the Doyers the 8-7 lead and they never looked back.
A five-run seventh upped it to 13-7 and the Sox bounced back with a pair in the 7th to make it 13-9 on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis two-run double, but that was all she wrote for the Sox bats. OKC plated three more in the eighth and another in the ninth to make it the final of 17-9.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox reached double-digit hits and picked up their nine runs on 13 knocks, compared to the 17 runs on 19 hits pitched up by the Dodgers. Four Sox had multi-hit games.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI for Colorado Springs. He continues to lift his average as it now sits at .245.
Nate Orf went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, an RBI and two runs scored.
Mauricio Dubon reached base three times with two hits and a walk and scored two runs.
Tyler Heineman continues to do it for the Sox and tallied a two-hit, two-walk night. He scored two runs and drove in one.
Ivan De Jesus had a double, RBI, run scored and walk.
Yadiel Rivera went 1-for-5 with a triple and two RBI.
Nick Noonan went 1-for-2.
Pitching Notes –
Paolo Espino went the first six innings for the Sox and allowed eight runs on nine hits, the last two of which were homers. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out six on 85 pitches, 64 went for strikes.
Tyler Cravy retired the first two men he faced in the seventh, but allowed three hits and walked two to end his outing. All five baserunners scored on his line.
David Goforth picked up four outs but allowed three runs on four hits, walked one and fanned one.
Rob Scahill worked the ninth and fave up a run on three hits.
Play of the Game –
There were a lot of extra-base hits and great plays for the Sox, but MiLB cut one video, and it’s of Bobby Wilson’s fifth hit of the game.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Bubba Derby –
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (74-52) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (67-61) – 6:40 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Right-hander Taylor Jungmann gets the call in the Tuesday night tilt and series finale against the OKC Dodgers at Security Service Field. In 13 starts and two relief appearances with the Sox he’s accrued an 8-2 record and a 2.87 ERA, allowing 27 runs (25 earned) on 60 hits, walking 33 and fanning 69. PCL opponents are hitting .217 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 3.41 ERA in seven home starts and 2-0 in two starts against Oklahoma City tossing nine scoreless against them.
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 136 MiLB appearances, 128 starts, and is 48-40 with a 4.06 ERA. He’s 9-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 MLB starts.
Last Time Out – August 16 – Loss vs. I-Cubs –
Jungmann was the tough luck, 2-0 loser in the afternoon game at Principal Park in the Sox last series. He went the first six innings and allowed two runs on four hits, hit a batter, walked three and struck out four on 86 pitches, 54 went for strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: David Hale gets the call for the Dodgers in the series finale tonight along the Front Range. He enters play with six games under his belt with OKC, where he is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA, and six with Double-A Tulsa which saw him go 3-0 with a 3.72 ERA. In 34 PCL innings, Hale has allowed 18 runs (15 earned) on 38 hits, two homers, six walks and 18 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .288 against the righty who hails from Atlanta. In five road starts he is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA and has yet to face the Sky Sox this season.
Hale was originally selected by the Braves in the third round of the 2009 draft out of Princeton. He’s logged time with the Braves, Rockies, and now the Dodgers. In 158 MiLB games, he’s accrued a 34-42 record with six saves and a 4.18 ERA, while in 66 MLB games he is 10-10 with a 4.48 ERA.
Last Time Out – August 17 – Win at Omaha –
Hale brought home the win for OKC his last time out and pitched into the seventh, allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and threw 91 pitches, 66 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 today’s game from Security Service Field at 6:40 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get fired up at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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