What if I told you the Sky Sox tallied three hits with no outs in the first inning and did not score…and adversely, the Redbirds did not get a base hit in the bottom of the first inning, but took a 1-0 lead in the frame. Pretty tough to believe, right? Well, it happened last night and the Sky Sox found themselves behind 1-0 after that situation.
Brandon Woodruff hit a batter, walked two, and induced a grounder that could’ve been turned into an inning-ending double play, but a missed catch error on Garrett Cooper at first allowed a run to score and the inning to continue. Woodruff escaped without any more damage against him and settled in for the next four innings.
Eric Sogard sparked a rally with a leadoff double in the third and Ryan Cordell connected for a 2-run homer behind him and put the Sox in front 2-1 over Mike Mayers and the ‘Birds. The blast marked the second of the season for Cordell and the Sox offense would give way to more outstanding pitching.
Woodruff allowed a leadoff single in the fourth, but that would be it for a while as he retired the final six in a row to complete his outing. Tristan Archer went the next two in perfect fashion, Michael Blazek spun a perfect eighth and it wasn’t until Rob Scahill walked the leadoff man in the ninth that Memphis had another baserunner. How about that. Fifteen in a row retired by the staff, and 18 of the final 20 batters faced went goodbye.
The third run for the visitors came in the top of the fourth when Ivan De Jesus tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
The Sky Sox picked up 10 hits for the second game in a row, leading to their second straight win and the series split.
Ivan De Jesus led the charge with a 4-for-4 night, which included the double and run scored. It was the second game in a row the Sox had a batter tally four hits as Cooper did it in Thursday’s affair.
Ryan Cordell upped his average to .258 with a 2-for-5 night. He singled in the first and hit the two-run blast in the third. It marked the third multi-hit game of his season, all have been of the two hit variety.
Eric Sogard went 2-for-5 with a single in the first and double in the third. It was his second two-hit game of the season.
Lewis Brinson began the game with a single, his lone hit of the contests. He has hit safely in the three games played in this season.
Garrett Cooper hit a single in a 1-for-5 performance and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Brandon Woodruff improved to 2-0 and kept his ERA at 0.00 with another five solid innings of work. He allowed the one hit, walked three, hit a batter and struck out five on 86 pitches, 52 of which went for strikes.
Tristan Archer made his second appearance with the Sky Sox and retired all six he faced on 18 pitches, 15 strikes.
Michael Blazek pitched a perfect eighth and Rob Scahill tip-toed through the ninth walking a pair, but stranding the tying run at 2B to end the game. He earned the second save of his season in the process.
Play of the Game –
Ryan Cordell’s Two-Run Homer in the third inning –
Pregame Interview –
Dan Karcher caught up with Sky Sox starting pitcher Paolo Espino prior to last night’s game. Enjoy! –
Colorado Springs is set to start the second leg of the Tennessee two-step with the first of three against the Sounds tonight. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (5-3) at Nashville Sounds (3-6) – 5:35 p.m. MST
LHP Brent Suter (6-6, 3.50 ERA in 26g w/COS in 2016) at RHP Paul Blackburn (0-1, 1.50)
Transaction Alert: The Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers have announced that C Andrew Susac has completed his Major League rehab assignment and been optioned from Milwaukee to Colorado Springs. In a corresponding move, C Adam Weisenburger has been transferred to Rookie Helena.
Sky Sox Starter: Brent Suter returns to the Pacific Coast League for the first time since August 13, 2016 and will make the start for Colorado Springs in the series opener tonight in Nashville. Suter began the season in the Brewers bullpen and appeared in three games. He gave up four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. The lefty had a breakout season last year, earned a call to the big leagues and made 14 appearances with the Brewers to end the season. He went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 21 2/3 innings with Milwaukee.
In 26 appearances (15 starts) with Sky Sox he tallied a 6-6 mark with two saves and a 3.50 ERA. In 110 2/3 innings he gave up 45 runs on 129 hits, struck out 75 and walked just 14. He was the most delightful surprise here in 2016. Suter was selected by the Brewers in the 31st round out of Harvard University. In 118 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 35-32 with 4 saves and a 3.38 ERA covering six seasons.
Sounds starting arm: RHP Paul Blackburn is ready to make the second start of his season and first at home tonight in Music City. The 23-year old righty enters 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA after allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on five hits in six innings against the Round Rock Express on April 9. According to Brooks Baseball, Blackburn features a 4-seam fastball, a sinker, slider, curve and change. He primarily uses the sinker to record outs and has a 1.62 Ground Out to Air Out ratio in his young career.
Blackburn was originally drafted by the Cubs in the Comp. A round of the 2012 draft and subsequently traded twice in 2016, once to the Mariners in July for Jordan Pries and Mike Montgomery and then to the Athletics in November for Danny Valencia.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of tonight’s game from First Tennessee Park in Nashville at 5:35 p.m. I will fire up the Sky Sox Warmup machine at 5:00 MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
Thanks for reading – See you on the radio,