Colorado Springs returned home and opened up the second-to-last homestand of the season with a 7-4 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes last night at Security Service Field. Aaron Wilkerson couldn’t make it past the fourth inning and gave up all seven runs during his time on the mound. Four Sky Sox pitchers cleaned up on the hill and kept the Sky Sox in it with six scoreless innings of relief. The offense outhit Albuquerque 15 to 13, but mustered only four runs. Michael Reed turned in the big night with a 4-for-4 performance, Kyle Wren and Lewis Brinson collected three hits apiece and Garin Cecchini along with Brandon Macias tallied two hits in the loss. It snapped the Sky Sox modest two-game win streak and extended the Isotopes winning streak to seven games.
This evening, the Sky Sox and Isotopes are set to square off in the second game of a four game series tonight at Security Service Field. This is the first time in two years, and the first time as a Rockies Affiliate that the ‘Topes are in town. This will be the lone series between the two teams with the unbalanced schedule in the Pacific Coast League. The Sky Sox enter play looking to get back to their winning ways and come into tonight’s tilt with a home record of 35-24. They are back to two games under .500 at 57-59 and sit in second place 8 games in back of the Dodgers. In hopes of gaining more ground on or keeping pace with OKC, Colorado Springs will send lefty Brent Suter to the bump, while Albuquerque will counter with righty and former Sky Sox Christian Bergman. Suter enters play with the fourth best ERA in the PCL and a 6-5 record to go along with that 3.07 ERA, while Bergman is 1-3 with a 4.08 ERA in eight games with the ‘Topes. In 2016 the Sky Sox are 0-1 against Albuquerque, they are 148-153 all-time against them and 77-68 versus them between the lines of Security Service Field.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (57-59) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (54-64) – 6:05 p.m. – Security Service Field – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pitching Matchup: LHP Brent Suter (6-5, 3.07) vs. RHP Christian Bergman (1-3, 4.08)
Sky Sox Pitcher: Lefty Brent Suter is ready to fill the role of starter for the 14th time in 2016 and fifth time in a row, when he climbs the hill this evening at Security Service Field. Suter is 6-5 with two saves and a 3.07 ERA allowing 37 runs (36 earned) on 117 hits, 3 homers, 13 walks, and 72 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings. Opponents in the PCL are hitting .292 against the southpaw from Cincinnati. The Harvard graduate is 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 13 home appearances and 5-5 with a 3.42 ERA as a starter. His last 11 outings have been great as he is 5-1-1 with a 0.97 ERA allowing 5 earned runs on 41 hits, 6 walks, and 32 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. He is currently working on a stretch of 18 scoreless innings in a row and has won two straight starts. He has been the most delightful surprise here in 2016. Suter was selected by the Brewers in the 31st round out of Harvard University. In 117 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 35-31 with 4 saves and a 3.30 ERA covering five seasons.
Last Time Out: 8/6/16 at Omaha – Suter was again dazzling in his start against the Storm Chasers back on Sunday. He went 7 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a run. He gave up 4 hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out 1. He threw just 77 pitches, 55 for strikes in a game the Sox won 3-0.
Last 10 Games for Suter:
Isotopes Pitcher: Right-hander Christian Bergman gets the start against his former team in his former home park tonight against the Sox at Security Service Field. The Glendale, California native enters play tonight at 1-3 with a 4.08 ERA in eight PCL starts, and is 1-3 with a 5.89 ERA in nine games (one start) with the Rockies. In 39 2/3 Triple-A innings he’s allowed 20 runs (18 earned) on 38 hits, 12 walks, and 28 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .255 against him. Bergman joined the Sky Sox in 2014 and went 5-5 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts with the Springs. Six of those care at Security Service Field and he collected a 1-0 record with a 3.63 ERA. He was selected by the Rockies in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of UC Irvine and has been in the Colorado system the duration of his career. He made his big-league debut in June of 2014 and holds career marks of 7-9 with a 5.35 ERA in 49 MLB games. In 110 minor-league games he is 38-30 with a 3.66 ERA.
Last Time Out: 8/6/2016 vs. Sacramento – Bergman faced the River Cats and pitched six solid innings despite not getting the win. The righty allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts in his outing, but it wasn’t until the seventh when the ‘Topes took the lead for good. He threw 94 pitches, 67 for strikes in a game Albuquerque won 9-2.
2016 Game Log for Bergman –
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 27th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of tonight’s game from Security Service Field at 6:05 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup will get off the ground and running at 5:30 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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