Colorado Springs southpaw Brent Suter blanked the Storm Chasers with 7.2 quiet frames of four-hit ball, while reliever Damien Magnifico threw 1.1 perfect innings as the Sky Sox shut out Omaha 3-0 on Sunday evening at Werner Park.
Suter (7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO) at one point retired 18 consecutive batters from the second inning into the eighth, inducing 11 groundball outs in the outing, along with four popouts. The lefty yielded just four hits along with no walks to earn his sixth victory of the season.
Right-handed reliever Damien Magnifico (1.1 IP, 2 SO) then finished what Suter started by recording the final four outs to notch his 15th save. Chasers lefty Mike Minor (4.1 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 3 BB, 4 SO) suffered the defeat in his Major League Rehab start, allowing a lone earned run on three hits over 4.1 innings.
The Sky Sox got all the offense they would need in the third, courtesy of SS Yadiel Rivera’s run-scoring single to left. That lead would eventually increase to two when 2B Nate Orf scored on a Storm Chasers fielding miscue before DH Josmil Pinto put an exclamation mark on the scoring with a solo home run to left, his seventh of 2016.
Omaha put two baserunners on via singles in the first and seventh innings, yet were unable to muster a score in either chance. Colorado Springs 1B Garrett Cooper (2-4) and 3B Garin Cecchini (2-4) each tallied multi-hit efforts in the victory.
Omaha CF Rey Fuentes saw his 14-game on-base streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 effort, while 1B Balbino Fuenmayor collected a hit in his 12th contest of a 15-game span. DH Hunter Dozier also recorded a hit and now owns a .500 average (16-32) over nine matchups against the Sky Sox this season.
The two teams are set to face off in the second game of their four-game set at Werner Park on Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Omaha has not yet announced their starting pitcher, while the Sky Sox are anticipated to give the nod to LHP Josh Hader (0-3, 5.44).