By Aaron Cheris
In order to be a successful team, you need to have a southpaw starter in their rotation to switch things up and keep hitters off-balance.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have their lefty in 26-year-old Brent Suter.
In his second season with the Sky Sox, Suter has spent time in the bullpen and the rotation. But over the past month, he has been one of the Sky Sox best players.
Since May 7, Suter has pitched 29.2 innings for the Sky Sox. In that time, he has allowed just four earned runs for an ERA of 1.23 over his seven outings in the past month.
The Sky Sox have won in four of Suter’s seven appearances in that month.
Suter pitched four scoreless extra innings in the Sky Sox historic 2-1 win over Salt Lake in 18 innings on May 14.
In that span, Suter also recorded his first save in four years with a rarely seen four inning save in the Sky Sox 17-4 win over Fresno on May 27.
But Suter’s best outing came on June 1, when he held the Omaha Storm Chasers scoreless for six innings in the second game of a doubleheader as the Sky Sox beat Omaha 5-0 in seven innings to record their first shutout victory of the season.
In his most recent outing, Suter allowed just one run in five innings as the Sky Sox were defeated in their series finale in New Orleans on Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, the Sky Sox sit just two games out of first place in the PCL American Northern Division. The Sky Sox will need more strong contributions from Suter as the pennant race intensifies later in the season.