Some nights you just have to tip your cap to an opposing player, and that’s what the Sky Sox had to do last night as Memphis’ 34-year old veteran righty Jerome Williams tossed a complete-game shutout en route to the 2-0 win. Colorado Springs had their best opportunity to score in the first when Orlando Arcia tripled with one out, but Will Middlebrooks flied out to left and Arcia was nabbed at the plate trying to score. Williams was staked to a 1-0 lead thanks to a Jose Martinez RBI single in the first and never looked back. At one point, the righty would retire 15 Sox in a row and finished the CG SO throwing 105 pitches, 71 for strikes. He scattered five hits and struck out three. On the other side of the rubber it was Jorge Lopez pitching well. He went six-full innings and limited the damage to one run on three hits, four walks, and one strike out. The Sky Sox are now 2-5 on this trip and have been shutout in three of the five losses.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox had five hits over the nine innings, went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position, and left four men on base in the shutout loss.
Orlando Arcia tallied the lone extra-base hit for the Sox with his triple in the first inning. He went 1-for-4 at the plate.
Pitching Notes –
Jorge Lopez had himself a great night on the bump and on any other night he probably would have been in good shape for a win. The righty turned in his third six-inning performance of the season and allowed 1 run on 3 hits, 4 walks, and 1 strikeout. He threw a season-high 97 pitches, 53 of which went for strikes. Lopez has scrubbed his ERA down 5.56 with his strong outing.
David Goforth tossed two-thirds of an inning and gave up an unearned run in the seventh, which doubled the Redbirds’ lead to 2-0.
Play of the game –
Memphis had runners at first and second with no outs in the 7th and Jerome Williams stepped in. He laid down a bunt which was fielded by Will Middlebrooks who went to third to get the lead runner, then Orlando Arcia fired to first to get the pitcher running for the double play.
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