Starting pitchers: Tucson RHP Matt Andriese (NR) vs. LHP Jeff Francis (0-2, 11.57 ERA)
The Sky Sox added righthander Edgmer Escalona for a MLB rehab assignment. Escalona pitched 21 games (1-2, 4.18) for the Rockies before going on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. … Startiing pitch Juan Nicasio was optioned by the Rockies to Colorado Springs. Nicasio, 26, went 4-4 with a 5.31 ERA (81.1 ip, 48 er) in 16 starts. Over parts of three seasons with Colorado, Nicasio, who skipped Triple-A, has 40 career starts and has gone 10-11 with a 4.91 ERA (211.0 ip, 115 er), 234 hits, 70 walks and 168 strikeouts. … Charlie Culberson enters tonight’s game on a 14-game hitting streak (.352). Culberson his his sixth triple on Thursday to up the team total to a professional baseball-leading 52 on the season. he is the third to hit at least five triples *Corey Dickerson 13, Ben Paulsen 9).