Down two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (58-61) hit three straight singles with two outs in the inning to pull within one, but their comeback fell short and the team drops the final game of their four game series to the Nashville Sounds (48-75), 3-2 at Security Service Field.
For the fourth straight game the two teams were engaged in a low scoring affair. The Sounds struck first when Blake Lalli smacked his second home run of the series to give the team the early 2-0 lead. Nashville’s starter Jimmy Nelson (W, 3-4) gave up a run to the Sky Sox in the bottom of the third inning when Ryan Wheeler doubled home Hernan Iribarren who singled to begin the frame. Wheeler advanced to third on a throwing error by Blake Davis , but Colorado Springs could not capitalize on the miscue. After allowing the run, Nelson settled down and held the Sky Sox without a hit until he left the game at the end of the fifth inning. Nashville gave Nelson a two-run cushion earlier in that inning when Eugenio Velez plated Blake Davis on a sacrifice fly.
Sky Sox starting pitcher Armando Galarraga (L, 0-2) allowed three runs, but did strike out six batters including three in the second inning. The start was his longest in a Sky Sox uniform and his first at Security Service Field. Colorado Springs kept the game in striking distance with solid pitching and defense. In the seventh inning Steven Hensley walked the first batter, but Lars Davis threw out the runner at second to end the threat. Davis has now thrown at 14 runners on the season out of 51 stolen base attempts. Hensley finished the day only allowing one hit in two innings of work while striking out one. Reliever Mitchell Boggs came on in the ninth and continued to stifle the Sounds offense when he got a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Entering the bottom of the ninth the Sky Sox were eyeing the comeback after pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco hit the team’s first single of the inning with two outs. Tim Wheeler and Iribarren followed that up with singles of their own, but Reid Brignac hit a soft liner to third base to end the game.
Tomorrow, the Sky Sox will welcome the Memphis Redbirds to Security Service Field for a four-game series. The series marks the team’s third to last home series of the season. Right-hander Sean Gallagher (0-1, 4.00) will look to lead the team to a victory in game one when he takes the mound and faces off against lefty Nick Addition (8-6, 4.04) at 6:35 PM MT.
Sky Sox Notes: In the third inning the team turned their 128th double play of the season which is second in the league behind the Albuquerque Isotopes.