They say the 27th out is always the toughest, right? There was no doubt that that was the case in Colorado Springs’ 6-5 win over the Nashville Sounds Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field. The Sky Sox built a 6-0 lead over the first seven innings of the game and held the same advantage with ONE OUT TO GET. That’s right, 6-0 with two down and nobody on in the top of the ninght inning, but the game was far from over…
The offensive wheels were just starting to spin for the Sounds… Chris Parmelee and Renato Nunez reached on a double and walk against Stephen Kohlscheen. Bruce Maxwell kept the line moving and finished Kohlscheen’s outing by crushing a two-run double. 6-2. Tristan Archer gave up back-to-back singles, 6-4. Rob Scahill came on and was greeted with an RBI double. 6-5. Franklin Barreto stepped in as the ninth man to come to the plate in the ninth inning and he had the tying run in scoring position. Scahill battled and Barreto hit a broken bat liner that was hauled in by the second baseman Ivan De Jesus for the 27th out.
The game was over, Sky Sox won 6-5, but the attention quickly shifted to catcher Tyler Heineman who appeared to catch the business end of the broken bat on the left side of his neck and head area…He was able to walk off under his own power with a towel clutched to the spot that was hit.
All of that action took place with 1 out remaining in the game! What happened during the first eight innings was greatly overshadowed, but shouldn’t have been. Ryan Cordell had a monster day at the dish going 4-for-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle, Paolo Espino pitched into the seventh inning and did not allow a run, Garrett Cooper CRUSHED a three-run homer in the sixth and Lewis Brinson made the catch of the year… All in all a ho-hum game…
Hitting Notes –
Ryan Cordell fell a triple shy of the cycle in his 4-for-4 day at the plate. He began the game with a solo homer in the first, doubled in the fourth, and singled in the sixth and eighth innings to cap off his day. It marked the sixth multi-hit game of his season and fifth four-hit game of his career, first since 2014.
Ivan De Jesus had the other multiple knock game for Colorado Springs. He went 2-for-3 with two singles.
Garrett Cooper went 1-for-4 but the one just happened to be a mammoth three-run homer to dead center in the bottom of the sixth inning. The homer is the second of his season and 29th of his career.
Nate Orf and Tyler Heineman each went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored.
Lewis Brinson had an incredible impact on the game, but went 0-for-3 with an RBI on a sac fly. His hit streak came to a close at 10 games.
Pitching Notes –
Paolo Espino was the best he’s bin all season and earned the win for the third straight start. He went 6 2/3 shutout innings and allowed just five baserunners on four hits and one walk. He struck out five and threw 80 pitches, 51 for strikes. He was helped out by some tremendous plays in center field by Lewis Brinson, including what may be the catch of the year.
Stephen Kohlscheen finished the seventh for Espino, pitched a scoreless eighth, and recorded the first two outs in the ninth before running into trouble. He was tagged for three runs on two hits and a walk, he struck out three.
Tristan Archer faced two batters, both reached and scored.
Rob Scahill gave up a hit, but earned the save by recording the final out. It was his third save of the year.
Play of the Game –
The REAL play of the game was Lewis Brinson’s diving catch in the left-centerfield for the first out in the top of the third. Matt McBride stepped in with runners at first and second and smoked a line drive to the gap. Brinson read it off the bat, sprinted to the spot, went into a dive with a late lunge and came down with the catch, tumbled and held on. Unbelievable catch by Brinson. It would have most definitely been a “Five-Star” catch on the new MLB Statcast rating system.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (11-5) vs. Nashville Sounds (6-10) – 6:40 p.m. MST
Sky Sox Starter: Brandon Woodruff is set to take his fourth turn in the rotation when he faces the Sounds tonight at Security Service Field. He enters tonight unbeaten after three starts with a 2.20 ERA. He faced the Redbirds in a day game last Wednesday and allowed four earned runs in five innings, his first adversity of the season. In total he has allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 13 hits, he has walked 5, struck out 12 and given up one homer. Woodruff has shown great command, held opponents to a .217 batting average against and is getting 11 groundouts for every 10 air outs. Not too shabby.
The righty had a tremendous 2016 season in which he combined to go 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA in 28 starts between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi. He allowed 51 runs (47 earned) on 121 hits in 158 innings. He walked 40 and struck out a Minor League best 173 opposing hitters. Drafted by the Brewers in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of Mississippi State, Woodruff has compiled a career record of 22-18 with a 2.99 ERA. He is rated as the 7th best prospect and the labeled as the pitcher with the best fastball in the Brewers organization.
Last Time Out – 4/20/2017 – Win vs Memphis
Woodruff remained undefeated, but had to battle through early adversity against the Redbirds on Wednesday’s matinee. The righty gave up three early runs andhad action behind him in the bullpen during the first inning, but settled into complete five innings. He allowed four runs total on seven hits; he walked a pair and struck out three. Chad Huffman took him deep for the first time this season with a two-run homer in the first inning. He threw a season-high 91 pitches, 61 of which went for strikes. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate, picking up his first Triple-A hit.
Sounds Starting Arm: Righty Daniel Gossett is set to make the fourth appearance of the season, he enters 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA through his first 13 innings of work. He has faced Round Rock once and Oklahoma City his last two trips to the hill. In total he has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 15 hits, including 2 homers, 7 walks and 12 strikeouts. He’s uncorked 4 wild pitches and opponents are hitting .294 against the righty from Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Gossett was selected by the Athletics in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Clemson University. He made his Triple-A debut last year with two starts and a 1-0 record with a 1.98 ERA. Overall in three-plus professional seasons the righty is 16-20 with a 3.70 ERA in 69 appearances, 58 starts. He has yet to square off against the Sky Sox.
Last Time Out: April 19 – No decision at Oklahoma City
Gossett lasted four innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits to the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He gave up two homers, one to Cody Bellinger and the other to Darnell Sweeney, both of which were solo shots. He threw 88 pitches, 53 of which were strikes in a game that Nashville won 9-8.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he and I will have the call of today’s game from Security Service Field in Colorado Springs at 6:40 p.m. Sky Sox Warmup gets going at 6:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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