Sky Sox Downed 2-1 In Pitcher's Duel

Brent Suter strong on mound, but Sky Sox offense struggles in loss.

Brent Suter's quality start wasn't enough in the Sky Sox loss on Thursday. (Jonathan Cheris)

By Aaron Cheris / Colorado Springs Sky Sox | July 28, 2016 9:01 PM

For the second straight game, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox got a quality start from their pitcher, but they couldn't back it up offensively as they fell 2-1 to the Nashville Sounds on Thursday night at First Tennessee Park.

After both pitchers pitched a scoreless first inning, the Sounds got on the board first against Sky Sox starter Brent Suter (4-5, 3.56) in the second. With a pair of runners on base, Arismendy Alcantara lined a single to center to score Matt Olson from second with the game's first run. But Suter rebounded to strand a pair of runners on base and hold the damage to a single run.

Renato Nunez doubled the Nashville lead in the fourth with a solo home run to left to give the Sounds a 2-0 lead after four innings.

The pair of runs was enough support for Nashville starter Chris Smith (6-8, 4.11). After allowing a one-out single to Orlando Arcia in the first, Smith didn't allow a hit for the next four innings to keep the Sounds up 2-0 after four and a half.

In the sixth, Kyle Wren doubled to left to end Smith's streak of 12 straight batters retired. Arcia followed with a double to deep center to score Wren and put the Sky Sox on the board against Smith. But the Nashville righty retired the next two batters he faced to hold Arcia at second and keep the Sounds ahead.

After Suter quickly retired the side in the bottom half, Nashville turned to the bullpen in the seventh inning. Andrew Triggs entered, ending Smith's night after six innings. The Nashville starter pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out three. Smith earned his sixth win of the season.

With Eric Young Jr. on second base and two outs in the seventh, Yadiel Rivera hit a high bouncer past the mound for an infield single. Running on contact, Young Jr. tried to score the tying run, but was thrown out at the plate by Sounds first baseman Matt Olson to end the inning with his team up a run.

Suter struck out Alcantara with a runner on second for the second out in the seventh, and that would prove to be the end of his night. Austin Ross came out of the bullpen and induced a ground out from Rangel Ravelo to end the inning. Suter finished his start with six and two thirds innings pitched, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out a season-high eight batters and walking none. Despite the strong start, Suter suffered his fifth loss of the season.

In the eighth, Triggs worked around another hit from Arcia to pitch a scoreless inning to keep the Sounds ahead. In the bottom half, Damien Magnifico retired the Sounds in order to send the game to the ninth with the Sky Sox down 2-1.

Tucker Healy entered for the Sounds in the ninth and retired the side in order to finish off the win and earn his sixth save of the year.

Arcia produced three of the Sky Sox five hits in the loss.

The series concludes with a 6:05 p.m. matchup at First Tennessee Park on Friday night. Young left-hander Josh Hader (0-3, 6.42) is scheduled to get the start for the Sky Sox.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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