Quick Hits: Hader Shines, Offense Quieted Again in 5-0 Loss in Finale

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Deck McGuire tossed eight scoreless innings and helped the Redbirds shutout the Sox for the second consecutive night. Josh Hader was outstanding for the Sky Sox, but was hung with the loss. (Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

The Sky Sox wrapped up a road trip to forget with a 5-0 loss to the Memphis Redbirds last night at AutoZone Park. Josh Hader’s Triple-A debut was spoiled by the shutout loss, but he did well and completed six innings, allowing 2 runs on 1 hit, 4 walks, and a season-high 9 strikeouts. On the other side of the bump it was Deck McGuire bettering Jerome Williams’ outing from a night prior. The righty silenced the Sky Sox for the second-straight night and completed eight scoreless innings and gave up a pair of knocks, a walk, and struck out a season high nine en route to his fourth straight victory. Tommy Pham delivered the big hit in the form of a two-run double in the third against Hader that gave the Redbirds a lead they would not relinquish.

FULL RECAP HERE

Colorado Springs ended the road trip 2-6 and got shut out four times on the trip, twice by New Orleans and Memphis respectively. It marked the 8th time the Sox have been shutout this season, tying the number of shutouts against them in 2015.

Hitting Notes – 

Once again…Unfortunately there isn’t much to talk about regarding the offense as the Sox managed four base runners on the evening, three hits and a walk.

Garin Cecchini had the lone extra-base hit, a double in the 8th, while Orlando Arcia and Kyle Wren tallied the other two hits, both singles.

Manny Pina reached base on the lone walk issued by Redbirds pitching.

Pitching Notes – 

Josh Hader did not miss a beat in his bump up from Double-A Biloxi and completed six innings against the Redbirds in his Triple-A debut. The 22-year old lefty did take the loss, but limited the damage to 2 runs on 1 hit, 4 walks, 1 hit batter, and a season-high 9 strikeouts. He threw 100 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes in the loss. He’s now 2-2 with a 1.14 ERA in 12 starts in 2016.

Drew Gagnon gave up an unearned run on a hit in the seventh.

Damien Magnifico came on in the eighth and allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out one.

Plays of the Game – 

Josh Hader began his Triple-A career with 9 strikeouts over six innings, however he struck out five of the first six Redbirds he faced, including the side in the second. Here’s his 9th K of the night.

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Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,

Dan

@Dan_Acheson

 

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