Sox Scribbles: Suter, Sox Hope to Avoid Sweep By Storm Chasers

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Brent Suter takes the hill in search of his first win of the season and hopes to help the Sox end their season-long 3-game skid in Omaha. (Photo: Bobby Stevens/MiLB)

 

The Sky Sox have hit a season-high three-game losing streak after their 9-4 loss at the hands of the Storm Chasers last night. Brent Suter and Brooks Pounders take the hill for their respective ballclubs tonight. Looks like the teams may have to battle Mother Nature (but what else is new???) The offense has certainly been there for the Sky Sox with 60 hits and 34 runs in the last five games, but the pitching has lacked giving up 50 runs in the last 6 tilts.

Today’s Game Notes / Listen Live at 5:00 MDT

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (7-10) at Omaha Storm Chasers (13-6) – 5:35 p.m. – Werner Park, Papillion, Nebraska

Pitching Matchup: LHP Brent Suter (0-2, 7.80) vs. RHP Brooks Pounders (2-0, 1.50 )

Sky Sox Pitcher: LHP Brent Suter takes the hill for the fourth time this season tonight at Werner Park. The lefty had gotten off to a slow start and is coming off a 5-plus inning outing against the Sounds in which he gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. In total the  Harvard University graduate is 0-2 with a 7.80 ERA; in 15-innings he has allowed 13 runs on 24 hits, 1 walk, and 10 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .375 against the southpaw with lefties hitting .368 and righties .378 against him.

His last outing on April 21 was cruising along nicely until the sixth where he could not retire any of the three hitters he faced before he was lifted. All three of them later scored and were added to his line. His first five innings were strong as he allowed just three runs on 5 hits. He finished with 74 pitches thrown, 50 strikes. The last start of his 2015 campaign was against the Storm Chasers at Security Service Field. He gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and a walk in 6 innings.

2016 Game Log:

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Storm Chasers Pitcher: RHP Brooks Pounders is the next in line for Omaha and its strong starting rotation. Pounders lives up to his name tipping the charts at 6’5″ 265 and he backs it up with solid pitching too. The righty is 2-0 with a leage-best 1.50 ERA (he’s tied alongside familiar foe Sean Manaea for the top spot). THe righty will make his fifth appearance (4th start) of the season. He has twice struck out 8 hitters and went a season-high 5 2/3 innings against Round Rock his last time out. According to BrooksBaseball.net, the righty throws a fastball in the low-90s, a slider, change, sinker and curve.

Pounders was originally selected by the Pirates in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft and was shipped to the Royals along with 3B Diego Goris in exchange for Yamaico Navarro in 2011. The righty is in his first Triple-A season and has held hitters to a .194 BAA through the first 18-innings of his year. He’s allowed just 3 runs on 12 hits, 7 walks, and 21 strikeouts. In total, the righty is 29-30 with a 3.79 ERA in 144 career games, 77 of which are starts.

2016 Game Log:

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Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he’ll have the call of the first pitch from Werner Park tonight at 5:35 p.m. I’ll be firing up Sky Sox Warmup at at 5:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.

Brewers Family Roundup

The Brewers had the night off yesterday and traveled to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field where they will open up a three-game series tonight…Jimmy Nelson (3-1, 3.46 ERA) gets the nod for the BrewCrew against Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 4.00 ERA) of the Cubs…Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 6 career starts against Milwaukee…The Shuckers continued their hot start and improved to 14-4 with a 5-0 win over the Mississippi Braves last night…RHPs Javi Salas and Drew Gagnon combined to toss a two-hit shutout..Nate Orf went 2-for-3 at the plate with 2 runs, a walk and HBP…Brevard County had the day off yesterday and get back to action today against the Lakeland Flying Tigers in the opener of a three-game series tonight…The Sea Cows are 3-15, 10 games out of first place in the FSL…Wisconsin had the day off yesterday as well…They are currently 7-11, 4.5 games out of first place in the Western Division…They host the Great Lakes Loons in the first of a three-game series tonight.

Thanks for reading! See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

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