Colorado Springs traveled to Omaha, following the completion of its 8-game homestand, on which they finished 4-4, and readied to face the Storm Chasers in the first of four Sunday evening. The best thing about Sunday was the fact that the Sky Sox had their secret weapon Brent Suter starting, and boy did he start. The lefty went another 7 2/3 scoreless innings and helped pace the Sox past the Storm Chasers 3-0. He was outstanding as he scattered four hits and struck out one, he didn’t allow any free passes. Offensively the Sky Sox picked up a run in the third inning against Mike Minor on a Yadiel Rivera single and notched some insurance, albeit unnecessary insurance, with a run in the eight and ninth innings each. Josmil Pinto capped off the scoring with a solo homer in the final frame. The win snapped the Sox 3-game losing streak and marked the second shutout of the season, the first of which came against the Storm Chasers in Colorado Springs on June 1. Suter was the starter of that tilt and threw six scoreless en route to the 5-0 win. The win, culminating with the Dodgers loss to Iowa puts Colorado Springs just seven games out of first place in the PCL American Northern Division.
Hitting Notes –
The Sky Sox tallied their three runs on eight hits and picked up two multiple-hit games in a row. Two of the hits went for extra bases (a double and a home run) and they connected for a homer in their ninth straight game.
Josmil Pinto gave it a ride for the second time in three games and left the yard with a solo home run in the ninth inning. The blast marks his seventh with the Sky Sox and he picked up RBI number 44.
Yadiel Rivera began the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the third inning. His knock scored Michael Reed from third and made it 1-0, and that would be good enough to hold up and get the win without any insurance.
Keon Broxton hit a double to right field, on which Nate Orf scored to make it 2-0. Brinson was not credited with an RBI as it was deemed that the right fielder committed an error on the play that allowed Orf to score. A hit nonetheless for Brinson who has reached with a knock in all six Sky Sox games he’s played in and the last nine dating back to his days with the Rangers.
Garrett Cooper had two hits in the win.
Kyle Wren walked twice and singled in the victory.
Nate Orf had two walks and scored one of the three runs.
Michael Reed drew another two walks and brought his season total to 65, still in third place in the PCL behind Dan Vogelbach of Tacoma (70) and Jon Andreoli of Iowa (69).
Pitching Notes –
Brent. Suter. What more can be said about this southpaw. He turned in a performance where his line read 7 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 0 walks and 1 strikeout. He lowered his ERA to 3.07 and his batting average against sank to .292. UNREAL numbers. He hasn’t allowed a run since July 28 and has allowed just 5 earned runs in his last 11 outings covering 46 1/3 innings…That’s a 0.97 ERA. WHAT?! Inexplicable. For. Sure. The most shocking number from Sunday night was the fact that he threw only 77 pitches in 7 2/3 innings, 55 for strikes. He improved to 6-5 with the win.
Damien Magnifico came on for Suter in the eighth and struck out the first man he faced and dismissed the Storm Chasers in the ninth with ease, locking down his 15th save of the season. He threw 14 pitches, 11 went for strikes.
Play of the Game –
Suter notched one strikeout in his amazing performance, so here it is –
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