The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (58-60) swept the doubleheader against the Nashville Sounds (47-74) by winning game one, 6-2 and game two, 4-2 on Vinny Castilla bobblehead night in front of 5,327 fans at Security Service Field.
The wins snapped the Sox’ seven-game losing-streak and the team is now one win away from winning their first series since they won three out of four games against the Tucson Padres from 7/18-7/21.
In game one, Chris Volstad (W, 6-4) tossed a complete game as he led the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 6-2 win over the Sounds. Volstad gave up just two runs on seven hits in the game while walking two and striking out two more. It was his first complete game since July 29, 2011 when he threw a seven-inning complete game shutout against the Iowa Cubs while playing for the New Orleans Zephyrs.
The Sky Sox offense gave Volstad the early lead in the second inning when Jordan Pacheco drove home Ryan Wheeler on a RBI triple and was then plated on a single by Ben Paulsen. The triple is the Sky Sox’ professional baseball leading 69th of the season. They are now only five triples behind the team record of 74 which was set in 1992.
Nashville was able to knot the game up in third inning on RBIs by Kentrail Davis and Eugenio Velez, but the Sox grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Volstad and Tim Wheeler. They added two more runs in fifth on another RBI single by Paulsen and a throwing error by starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg (L, 10-5) to make it 6-2 Colorado Springs. Game one’s victory marks the first time the Sky Sox have held a lead for more than an inning since 7/28 against the Fresno Grizzlies.
Just like the first game, game two also started out well for the Sox. Sounds’ lefty Aaron Laffey (L, 5-6) only lasted one inning after loading the bases and allowing four runs to score. Ryan Wheeler started off the scoring in that inning by grounding into a fielder choice. After a Xavier Nady groundout drove home another run, a double by Kent Matthes and a single by Jose Gonzalez gave the team the 4-0 lead.
The four runs would be all the team would need as they got solid pitching for the second straight game. Starting pitcher Cory Riordan only allowed four hits in four innings while walking three and striking out three. Rob Scahill (W, 4-1) relieved the starter in the fifth and earned the win after holding the Sounds to one hit in 1.2 innings.
Nashville attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh when they drew a walk, hit a double and a single off of closer Logan Kensing. The righty was able to recover, however, and struck out the final two batters to clinch the doubleheader sweep. This is the second time the Sky Sox have swept a doubleheader with the first coming early in the season against the Padres on 4/11.
Tomorrow the team will attempt to win the decisive game of the series when they send righty Armando Galarraga (0-1, 9.39) against fellow righty Jimmy Nelson (2-4, 3.70). The final game of the series is set to begin at 5:05 PM MT.
Sky Sox Notes: Colorado Springs is now 31-24 at home and have scored 17 more runs at home (325H, 308A) despite playing in eight less contests.