Colorado Springs was graced by the presence of outfielder Lewis Brinson, one of the Brewers’ newest additions, and the Sox rolled behind his 4-for-4 night and Brent Suter’s seven scoreless innings en route to the 7-3 win Tuesday night at Security Service Field. To say Suter has been dominant over his last 10 starts may be an understatement, the lefty went out and mowed down the Dodgers for the third time this season. Offensively it was Brinson with four hits, three runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base from the no. 3 spot in the lineup that led the charge. Not too far behind were hitters four and five, Garrett Cooper and Garin Cecchini who each tallied two hits and combined for five RBI and three runs scored. The win marks the third in a row for the Sox and pulls them to one game under .500 at 53-54 and 8-games in back of the first-place Dodgers.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox banged out another 12 hits and scored 7 runs bringing their homestand totals to 42 hits and 29 runs in the four games. In their last 8 home games they have picked up 103 hits and 50 runs, an average of 12.9 h/g and 6.3 r/g. (Holy Smokes.) They’ve won 17 of their last 21 at home.
Lewis Brinson dominated his debut. He almost makes you forget about the strong outing from Suter. Almost, but not quite. Brinson began the night by legging out an infield single in the first, then scored on Coopers double. In the 3rd he singled home a run. In the 6th he singled, stole second and scored on Cheech’s triple. He capped off his night with a bloop double down the right field line and scored on Cooper’s single. Not a bad performance for a guy who debuted for a new organization and traveled to the United States’ highest professional baseball stadium. Welcome to Colorado Springs, Lewis!
Garin Cecchini had himself a night, too! The third baseman went 2-for-4 with a triple, homer, three RBI and two runs scored. He capped off the Sox’s seven-run attack with a two-run blast that served as the final nail in the Dodgers’ coffin.
Garret Cooper is on fire! He snapped an 0-for-18 slump with three hits on Monday and backed it up with another pair on Tuesday. Cooper collected an RBI double in the first inning and another RBI hit later in the game.
These three hitters combined to go 8-for-12 with 6 runs scored, 4 extra-base hits, and 6 RBI, not too shabby.
Michael Reed brought home the other run with a single and he also walked.
Kyle Wren returned to the base paths, scored a run and picked up a hit.
Nate Orf and Rene Garcia notched the other two knocks for the Sox.
Pitching Notes –
Brent Suter is having a season to remember and it continued Tuesday night. The lefty took the hill and nonchalantly tossed seven scoreless innings. Sometimes I wonder if he breaks a sweat…He scattered six hits and struck out six on 94 pitches, 64 of which went for strikes in what was the fifth win of his season. His home ERA now sits at a paltry 3.12 in 60 2/3 innings and his overall ERA is at 3.31, good enough for fifth in the league. Over his last 10 outings he has compiled a 4-1-1 record with a 1.16 ERA allowing 5 earned runs in 38 2/3 innings. The numbers are staggering and could go on and on and on.
Austin Ross is more than happy the Dodgers are on their way out of town as he was roughed up again in one inning of work. The righty gave up three runs on four hits and struck out one.
Rob Scahill gave up a hit and struck out one in the ninth inning.
Play of the Game –
There were so many to choose from, I wish we could compile them all into one highlight. Suter’s six strikeouts would be there, as would Brinson’s four hits, Cheech’s two-run homer, Coopers RBI double, the list goes on and on, but thanks’ to the video we do have we’ll go with Brinson’s first hit as a Sky Sox.
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