Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (5-1) @ New Orleans Baby Cakes (4-3)
SKY SOX WIN THIRD STRAIGHT IN 7-2 VICTORY OVER BABY CAKES
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Sky Sox claimed victory for the third straight game and are 2-0 at Security Service Field with a 7-2 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday night. For a second consecutive night, the Sky Sox scored within the first two innings of the game before tacking on four more in the late frames.
Keon Broxton slugged his team-leading third home run and his second in as many nights, finishing three-for-five on the night. Right-hander and familiar name, Brandon Woodruff (1-0), made his 2018 debut at Security Service Field and picked up the win after tossing five and two-third innings while allowing just two hits and a run.
Woodruff's Return: In his first Sky Sox start of 2018, right-hander Brandon Woodruff did not dissappoint, taking a no-hit bid into the fourth inning. Over five and two-third innings, Woodruff allowed just two hits total and one run while striking out four 'Cakes batters. In 2017, the Mississippi alum went 6-5 with a 4.30 ERA over 16 starts with the Sky Sox while also making his MLB debut the same year, notching two wins with Milwaukee. Woodruff is 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA (5 ER, 28 IP) over April starts with the Sky Sox (home and away).
Run Support: The Sky Sox didn't waste any time putting runs on the board at Security Service Field after scoring in the first and second innings for a second consecutive night against New Orleans. Colorado Springs' four-run addition in the later frames sealed the win over New Orleans in game two. The Sky Sox have outscored the Baby Cakes 15-3 over the last two nights and 26-8 overall in 2018 over opponents played so far. The Sky Sox have also outhit opponents 54-32.
Minimizing the damage: Sky Sox pitching has only allowed eight runs total in their six games played thus far in the 2018 campaign. In two games played against New Orleans, Sky Sox pitching has only surrendered three runs total.
Broxton Bombs: Keon Broxton slugged his second home run in as many nights in Wednesday night's game two against New Orleans to bring his season total to a team-leading three on the year. On April 5, he opened the year by going 4-for-4 with his first home run of the season opener in Omaha.
5-1: The Sky Sox hold a 5-1 (.833) record over the first six games of the 2018 season. Last year, after the first six games, the Sky Sox were 3-3 (.500).
Triples Alley: Outfielder Tyrone Taylor knocked Colorado Springs' first triple at Security Service Field in the bottom of the eighth inning (right-center field). Last season, the Sky Sox collectively hit 35 triples at home while knocking 59 on the road.
Thursday's Expectation: Tomorrow, in the final game of this three-game series against New Orleans, right-hander Bubba Derby (0-0, 4.91) is expected to take the mound for the Sky Sox, with righty Sandy Alcantara (0-0, 1.93 ERA) set to oppose him on the bump for the Baby Cakes.
NEXT GAME: Thursday, April 12 vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes - 6:40 p.m. MDT @ Security Service Field (Co. Springs)
RHP Bubba Derby vs. RHP Sandy Alcantara | Broadcast on XTRA Sports 1300