The splits continue for the Sox as they have now split the last three series, starting with El Paso, then Albuquerque and most recently New Orleans thanks to a 10-5 win Friday night at Security Service Field.
For the first time in the four-game series the Sox held New Orleans off the board in the first inning and took a lead in the first instead. Brent Suter limited the damage to a leadoff double, but left the go ahead run at third to end the frame. He was immediately supported by the bats on a single by Kyle Wren and a triple off the bat of Lewis Brinson which made it 1-0. Garrett Cooper began a big night with an RBI single to double the lead.
After a scoreless second the bats broke out, well maybe the eyes, took advantage of some shaky pitching and made it 4-0. Three straight walks began the inning against Scott Copeland, but then a pitching change occurred as he left with an apparent injury. Odrisamer Despaigne took over and retired the next three batters, but two were sac flies which made in 4-0.
Suter gave up a solo homer to Carlos Paulino in the fifth, but Garrett Cooper’s three-run bombski in the bottom half of the inning made it 7-1. The homer was his eighth of the season and he collected his third, fourth, and fifth RBI on the night.
Mama there went that man again in the sixth as Destin Hood connected for a solo homer against Stephen Kohlscheen in the sixth. The blast was his FIFTH of the series. HIS FIFTH, and it made it 7-2 Sox.
The teams finished the scoring by trading three runs in each half of the seventh. Moises Sierra drove in a pair with a double and Steve Lombardozzi singled him in to make it 7-5. Brett Phillips followed Garrett Cooper’s double with a two-run blast and upped it to 9-5, while Yadiel Rivera singled home Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make it 10-5.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox plated their 10 runs on 13 hits and got multi-hit games from hitters two, three and four in the lineup. Talk about production!
Garrett Cooper had another monster night and went 3-for-3 with a single, double, homer, two runs scored and five RBI. It marked the second time this season he’s racked up five ribbys.
Lewis Brinson went 2-for-3 with a triple, single, an RBI, and a run scored. He reached four times with the two hits and walked twice.
Ryan Cordell went 2-for-4 with a run scored and also walked.
Kyle Wren went 1-for-3 from the top spot in the lineup, walked twice and scored two runs.
Brett Phillips connected on a two run homer and had a sac fly upping his RBI total to three on the game.
Nate Orf extended his hitting streak with a double.
Yadiel Rivera had an RBI single.
Tyler Heineman went 1-for-4.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled and scored a run in a pinch-hit performance.
Pitching Notes –
Brent Suter took the hill in the starters role for the fourth time with the Sox and pitched into the sixth. He recorded two outs before being lifted by manager Rick Sweet. He allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out six. The run scored on the Paulino solo homer. He threw 87 pitches, 61 went for strikes.
Stephen Kohlscheen had a rough spell and gave up four runs on five hits, while recording four outs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out one cake.
Andrew Barbosa pitched a scoreless eighth inning allowing a hit and striking out one.
David Goforth took the ninth in order striking out one.
Play of the Game –
Pick a homer, any homer…Garrett Cooper’s prodigious three-run blast was awesome, but MiLB didn’t cut it! So here’s Brett Phillips’ two-run homer.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox Assassin Destin Hood –
Following the brief four-game homestand and embark on a nine-game road trip that will take them to Nashville for the first five games and Oklahoma City for the final four after a travel day on Wednesday. Round one is tonight, so let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (27-17) at Nashville Sound (23-22) – 5:35 p.m. (MST)
Sky Sox Starter: Hiram Burgos will take the hill tonight in Nashville and is ready for his fifth road start. He is 1-2 with a 8.50 ERA on the road allowing 18 runs on 28 hits in 18 innings away from Security Service Field. His two wins have come against Fresno and Iowa. The righty is a well rounded veteran pitcher that throws strikes, has a very good curve ball and any team would be so lucky to have him on the roster. In eight appearances, seven starts, he is 2-3 with a 5.94 ERA allowing 25 runs (22 earned) on 46 hits in 33 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .333 against the right-hander. He faced the Sounds on April 22 at Security Service Field and allowed a run on three hits in five innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out three. He used to be a Sounds pitcher, back when Milwaukee’s Triple-A club was in Nashville.
He is in 9th season in professional baseball, all of which have been in the Milwaukee system. Last season he notched 10 wins, which marked the first time a Sky Sox pitcher got to double digit wins since Alan Johnson won 10 in 2010. He was also proficient at picking runners off of first base, nabbing 13…13! pickoffs in his 27 appearances. He was selected by the Brewers in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Bethune-Cookman University and has made 166 minor-league appearances to the tune of a 49-50 record with a 3.92 ERA and 6 MLB starts in which he has gone 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2013.
Last Time Out – May 21 – No Decision at Albuquerque –
Burgos pitched into the fifth inning, but couldn’t record an out before leaving with the bases loaded behind him. His final lime read four-plus innings, in which he allowed two runs, both earned on six hits, three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 80 pitches, 44 of which went for strikes.
Sounds Starting Arm: Righty Daniel Gossett is set to make the ninth start of the season, he enters 2-2 with a 3.59 ERA through his first 47 2/3 innings of work. In total he has allowed 23 runs (19 earned) on 44 hits, including 2 homers, 19 walks and 42 strikeouts, while opponents are hitting .242 against him. The Thibodaux, Louisiana native is coming off a win against the River Cats in which he went eight scoreless innings. He faced the Sox up here on April 24 and took the loss allowing three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings, he walked one and struck out six.
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 18-21 with a 3.58 ERA in 75 appearances, 64 starts.
Last Time Out – May 22 – Win at Sacramento –
Gossett was spectacular against the River Cats and threw eight shutout innings allowing four hits. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out six on a very efficient 91 pitches, 62 went for strikes. He lowered his ERA from 4.31 to 3.59 with the performance.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from First Tennessee Park at 5:35 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 5:00 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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