Sky Sox win 5-1 over Chihuahuas

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sky Sox won their second straight contest behind strong pitching and timely hitting in a 5-1 defeat of the El Paso Chihuahuas before a Monday night crowd of 6,872 at Southwest University Park.

Colorado Springs starter Brent Suter (3-0, 2.59) continued to impress in his fourth start since joining the team from Double-A Biloxi at the end of July. The Sox southpaw would completely shut down the Chihuahuas offense, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out five over six sparkling innings of work.

El Paso starter Daniel McCutchen (8-7, 3.80) gave his team a solid effort as he surrendered two runs on one glaring mistake over five frames. The right-hander struck out five and walked none while serving up five hits; the biggest coming on a Matt Dominguez two-out, two-run blast in the top of the second inning. The third baseman’s seventh long ball of the season gave the Sox an early two-run lead and would prove to be the only offense they would need.

The Chihuahuas offense put their lone run on the board in the home seventh when Will Middlebrooks’ two-out RBI double off of Brandon Kintzler allowed Cody Decker to cross the plate. The late run cut El Paso’s deficit to just one after seven innings of play as the Sox looked to add a little insure in the latter frames.

After being held scoreless since Dominguez’s second-inning homer by a combination of right-handers McCutchen, Nick Vincent and Dale Thayer, Colorado Springs would break through for three runs in the ninth against Jerry Sullivan. The fourth Chihuahuas righty gave up four hits in his lone inning of work, giving up a big two-run double to pinch-hitter Brandon Macias before Kyle Wren followed with a run-scoring knock of his own.

Now holding a far more comfortable 5-1 lead heading to the home ninth, the Sky Sox deployed trusty closer Jaye Chapman to close out the Chihuahuas ninth for the second straight night. Chapman worked a perfect final frame to secure Colorado Springs’ 5-1 win in El Paso. The Sky Sox improve to 55-74 with the strong team win as they drop El Paso to 69-60 on the season.

Colorado Springs will look to keep rolling as they seek their third consecutive win on Tuesday night in game three of this four-game set in El Paso. Hiram Burgos (2-3, 3.50) leads the way for the Sky Sox against a to be named Chihuahuas starter with first pitch set for 7:05 PM MDT from Southwest University Park.

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