All good things must come to an end and for the Sky Sox it was their four game winning streak that they saw snapped last night with a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Sounds. It marks just the 5th defeat at home for Colorado Springs in the last 23 games. It was not without the normal Sky Sox late-inning drama however…Renato Nunez put the Sounds up 4-0 with a 2-run double in the second and a 2-run homer in the fourth, both against Sox starter Hiram Burgos. Michael Reed got the Sox to within three with a solo home run in the fifth, his fifth homer of the season, but the Sounds got that run back on a Michael Kirkman wild pitch in the seventh. Colorado Springs entered the ninth inning down 5-2, but they were just getting going. Josmil Pinto sparked the rally with a leadoff walk and with two outs it was Kyle Wren that singled and Nate Orf that was hit by a pitch to load the bases for…………Sweet Lew Brinson…..And what did he do? He laced a 2-run single to center and pulled the Sky Sox to within one at 5-4. Unfortunately the rally halted and game ended when Andrew Susac bounced out to short to wrap up the game. Jharel Cotton made his A’s organizational debut and earned the win allowing one run over six innings and striking out five, while Hiram Burgos gave up the four runs early and took the loss.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox plated their four runs on nine hits and received two multi-hit games from their lineup.
Lewis Brinson is making a habit of producing with the Sky Sox and we love it! He started out 0-for-2, but finished 2-for-5 with 2 RBI. The center fielder picked up a leadoff single in the 6th inning before his two-run knock in the ninth. He’s now 8-for-13 in three games with Colorado Springs and has collected 7 RBI. He has been a nice addition to the middle of the Colorado Springs lineup.
Kyle Wren reached base another three times with two hits and a walk, he also scored two of the Sky Sox runs. He continues to hit .362 and is still getting on base at a .452 clip with the Sox.
Michael Reed crushed a solo homer, his fifth of the season, and walked in the tilt.
Garrett Cooper picked up a hit and walked twice, reaching base three times.
Josmil Pinto singled, walked, and scored a run.
Andrew Susac picked up his first hit with the Sox, an RBI single in the eighth.
Garin Cecchini also went 1-for-4 with a single.
Pitching Notes –
Hiram Burgos gave Colorado Springs another serviceable five innings on the mound. He gave up the two, two-RBI hits to Renato Nunez, but that was the only trouble he really got into. He finished five innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout. He threw 78 pitches, 53 for strikes and took the loss, his 9th of the season.
Drew Gagnon was the first out of the Sox bullpen and gave up a run on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings of work. He threw 22 pitches, 13 for strikes.
Michael Kirkman faced three hitters, did not record an out and allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch.
Tim Dillard was called upon for the final seven outs and he got ’em all in scoreless fashion. He scattered two hits and two walks and struck out four.
Play of the Game –
For the Sky Sox the play of the game was most certainly Lewis Brinson’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning. You just had a feeling the Sox were going to at least tie the game, if not win it after that. His single into center brought the Sox to within one at 5-4 and then it was Garrett Cooper that walked to load the bases for Andrew Susac, but the catcher grounded out 6-4 to end the game.
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