The Sky Sox couldn’t get out of Nashville soon enough. Between the rain in the first series back in April and the hour-long “threat of weather” delay on Tuesday, it was just time to go. The Sox had the chance to leave a lasting impression on Music City with the pseudo-doubleheader against the Sounds, but ended up falling in both ends, 8-3 and 3-1.
It’s pretty tough to come back from a five-run deficit in any circumstances, let alone when its 5-0 with two-down in the bottom of the first. That’s the situation the Sox found themselves in as they resumed the suspended game from Saturday on Tuesday night. Taylor Jungmann took the hill for Colorado Springs when play resumed and allowed another run to score. 6-0 Sounds after one inning.
Daniel Gossett was able to remain on the mound for Nashville as 1. he didn’t throw many pitches on Saturday and 2. he got two extra days of rest. That allowed him to come out fresh and dominate the Sox lineup. The righty went six scoreless and struck out eight. His offense got him another run in the third and one more in the sixth before calling it quits, while the Springs’ offense was able to collect two runs against the pen in the eighth and another in the ninth possibly building momentum towards the nightcap.
Jungmann went 4 1/3 innings and allowed a run on four hits, walked four and fanned six in his 2017 debut with the Sky Sox. Rene Garcia had two of the five Sky Sox hits as they went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
The second game saw the Sky Sox jump on the board with a run in the second, but that was all the offense could muster in the 3-1 losing decision. Nashville plated its three runs in the fifth, all against Paolo Espino, who had started the game with three perfect innings.
The righty went five frames and allowed the three runs (two earned) on two hits, he walked two and struck out five. Andrew Barbosa pitched a scoreless sixth. On the other side it was Joel Seddon who made his Triple-A debut and limited Colorado Springs to a run on five hits, he walked three and struck out five.
The Sky Sox did have chances, but again, just managed one hit with runners in scoring position. Yadiel Rivera drove in Nate Orf from second on a single to center.
Play of the Games –
There really wasn’t much in the way of the Sky Sox fortunes for the games on Tuesday, so we allowed Renato Nunez’s solo homer to be the play of the games.
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Sky Sox Reliever Tristan Archer –
The Sky Sox enjoyed a travel day to Oklahoma City yesterday and get set to open up a four-game series against the Dodgers tonight in Bricktown. The Sox enter the series with a two game lead over the Dodgers for the divisional lead. Let’s get to the preview!
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (29-20) at Nashville Sounds (27-22) – 6:05 p.m.
Sky Sox Starter: Left-hander Brent Suter gets the call for Colorado Springs in the first game of the series against the Dodgers. He has been affected by Mother Nature, MLB rehab assignments and extra-curricular circumstances that have led to stop-and-go start to his season. The lefty has pitched 11 times total, five times for the Brewers, six for the Sox. Suter last pitched in a starting role against the Baby Cakes. He was outstanding and limited the ‘Cakes to a run on three hits, he walked a pair and struck out six in the Sox 10-5 victory. The Ohio-native began the season in the Brewers bullpen and appeared has appeared in five games. He gave up four runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. He enters with a 2-1 record on the road accompanied by a 2.92 ERA as he’s allowed four runs on 11 hits in 12 1/3 innings away from home. He took on the Dodgers on May 5th and earned the win with five innings, he allowed two runs on four hist, walked one and struck out five. Willie Calhoun took him deep.
Suter 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 120 career minor-league outings, the lefty is 38-33 with 4 saves and a 3.37 ERA covering six seasons. He is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 19 MLB appearances, two of which have been starts.
Last Time Out – May 26 – Win vs. New Orleans –
Suter returned to the starters role and settled right in. He gave up a run on a solo homer, but scattered two other hits across five and two-third innings. He walked two and struck out six on a season-high 87 pitches, 61 of which went for strikes.
Dodgers Starting Arm: Right-hander Brock Stewart climbs the hill for Oklahoma City in what will be his second MLB rehab appearance. He landed on the disabled list on April 2nd, retroactive to March 30, with right shoulder tendinitis. He made his first appearance on May 27, but couldn’t complete an inning. On May 29 the Dodgers sent him to the 60-day DL and here he is taking the mound for OKC in the opener of the series tonight. He took the loss with Rancho Cucamonga against Stockton on May 27 and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in one third of an inning. He did strike out one. He did face the Sky Sox in 2016, but did not factor into the decision. He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, walked one and struck out six Sky Sox on 77 pitches, 56 strikes.
Stewart was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2014 draft out of Illinois State. He had a monster 2016 and saw time with Rancho, Tulsa, OKC and Los Angeles. He was on the fast track to say the least. In 21 MiLB starts he went 9-4 with a 1.79 ERA before going 2-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 7 MLB games, five of which were starts. In 64 minor league starts, Stewart is 16-13 with a 3.12 ERA.
Last Time Out – May 27 – Loss vs. Stockton –
Stewart took the loss in his first appearance of 2017 against the Stockton Ports while pitching for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, walked one and struck out one, in a one-out outing. He fired off 23 pitches, 17 of which were strikes, he just wasn’t getting anyone out.
Dan Karcher (@SkySoxKarch) continues his 28th season behind the mic for Sky Sox games, he will have the call of today’s game from Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark beginning at 6:05 p.m. I will get Sky Sox Warmup fired up at 5:30 p.m. MDT on XTRA Sports 1300.
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