Pitching Staff Shuts Down Chihuahuas, 4-2

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Less than 12 hours after winning a 4:05 marathon the night before, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox won their second straight game via a shutdown pitching performance, defeating the El Paso Chihuahuas, 4-2, in front of 8,308 at Southwest University Field Wednesday afternoon.

Playing in his first Triple-A game since earning a promotion the day before, Angel Ventura (1-0, 3.00) matched scoreless innings with El Paso starter Tyrell Jenkins, allowing a pair of runs in the second inning and striking out four Chihuahuas over his six-inning quality start.

Tristan Archer retired all six batters faced in his two innings of relief, while Tyler Cravy (1, 4.26) earned his first save of the season. In total, the pitching staff retired 10 of the final 11 batters, pitching four no-hit innings in the process.

Offensively, Colorado Springs (23-12) jumped ahead early for the third straight game in the series, scoring two runs in the first inning. With two out, Brett Phillips drove in his fifth run in two games against El Paso by lining a double to left-centerfield, scoring Lewis Brinson. One batter later, Nate Orf singled in Phillips to double the lead.

After El Paso (18-22) rallied with two runs in the second inning, the two teams engaged in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel until the seventh inning. Orf led off with a double and gave the Sox the lead again after coming around to score on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis fly ball which was dropped by left fielder Nick Buss. In the past two games against the Chihuahuas, Orf has 6-for-10 with three runs two runs batted in.

Two batters after Orf scored, Rene Garcia lined a single up the middle past the drawn-in infield for his first RBI as a member of the Sky Sox in 2017, scoring Nieuwenhuis and doubling the Sox lead for the second time in the game.

Colorado Springs looks to earn a road series win when they play the season finale against the Chihuahuas at 6:35 p.m. MT. Brandon Woodruff (5-1, 2.77) takes the hill for the Sox against El Paso’s Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 3.55).