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Nashville Sounds drop double-header to Colorado Springs Sky Sox

 

Nashville SoundsColorado Springs, Colorado – The Nashville Sounds never held a lead in either game of the team’s doubleheader against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Security Service Field Saturday evening, losing the opener 6-2 and the nightcap by a 4-2 margin.

In game one, the Sky Sox snapped a seven-game skid by hanging a 6-2 loss on the Sounds.

Colorado Springs right-hander Chris Volstad (6-4) worked a seven-inning complete game to earn his first victory since June. The veteran authored a quality start, holding the Sounds to two runs on seven hits in his seven frames, and helped his own cause with a go-ahead RBI single in the contest.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Michael Rios/Clarksville Sports Network)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Michael Rios/Clarksville Sports Network)

Shortstop Blake Davis went 3-for-3 for Nashville in the opening contest.

The Sky Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead against PCL ERA leader Johnny Hellweg in the bottom of the second inning.

After Ryan Wheeler led off the frame by scorching a double to the center field wall, Jordan Pacheco sliced an RBI triple down the first base line into the right field corner to plate the afternoon’s first run. Ben Paulsen (3-for-3) followed with a run-scoring bloop single to shallow center that doubled the home team’s lead.

Kent Matthes followed with a double to put runners on second and third with still no outs, but Hellweg escaped the frame without further damage by striking out former Sound Hernan Iribarren then inducing a comebacker pop-up double play from Volstad on a botched suicide squeeze bunt attempt.

Nashville Sounds - Blake DavisNashville evened the contest at 2-2 in the top of the third with a pair of runs against Volstad. Josh Prince drew an inning-opening walk and moved to second on a Blake Davis single before both runners were moved up a base on a Hellweg sacrifice bunt. Kentrail Davis followed with a run-scoring groundout before red-hot Eugenio Velez extended his hitting streak to seven games with a game-tying double into the left field corner. The infielder is hitting .440 (11-for-25) during his hit streak.

Volstad helped his own cause in the fourth, putting the Sky Sox back in front with a two-out RBI single through the right side of the infield against Hellweg. Paulsen scored on the knock after reaching on a one-out single during the frame. Colorado Springs extended its lead to 4-2 when Tim Wheeler followed with a bloop RBI single to left.

Nashville Sounds - Johnny HellwegThe Sky Sox continued to add to the lead in the fifth, plating two more runs against Hellweg to make it a 6-2 contest. Paulsen contributed his second RBI single of the day before the Nashville right-hander misfired to first on a pickoff attempt to allow the second run of the frame to score in unearned fashion.

Hellweg (10-5) took his first Triple-A loss in 13 outings, dating back to May 5th, after being touched for a season high-tying six runs on a season-high 10 hits in his five frames of action. His league-leading ERA jumped from 2.44 to 2.75 following the outing.

In game two, the Sounds never recovered from a four-run first inning put up by the Sky Sox, eventually losing 4-2 despite a 7th-inning rally.

Sounds starting pitcher Aaron Laffey (5-6) loaded the bases with no outs in the first to set the table for the Sky Sox big four-run inning.

The Sox got their first pair of runs on groundouts, while Kent Matthes’ double to the right-field corner and a single through the infield by Jose Gonzalez each scored a run.

Nashville Sounds - Sean HaltonLaffey was charged with the loss, his sixth, for one inning of work in which he allowed three hits and one walk. Laffey’s start is the shortest made by a Sound this season, previously Tyler Thornburg held that mark with a 2 1/3 outing in May.

Reliever Tim Dillard picked up in the second inning for Nashville to work two scoreless frames. He picked up one strikeout on the night to take sole possession of third place on the Sounds career strikeouts list with 322 all-time.

Reliever Dustin Molleken made his Sounds debut a good one, working two 1-2-3 innings in the middle of the game and recording three strikeouts.

Michael Olmsted also saw work from the bullpen for Nashville. The right-hander had a runner on third with no outs, but retired the side with two strikeouts and a fly ball to center.

The Sounds plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning as Sean Halton knocked a double down the left-field line that scored Eugenio Velez, who reached base on balls. Hunter Morris followed with a single into right field, scoring Halton.

Nashville Sounds - Hunter MorrisNashville had other chances in the game, loading the bases with two outs in the fourth and having a runner on second with no outs in the fifth, but came up empty on both occasions. The team left a total of 10 runners on base.

Velez, 2-for-2, extended his hit streak to eight games and Blake Davis, 2-for-3, brought his streak to five consecutive games for the third time this season. Davis finished the doubleheader 5-for-6 and is 7-for-10 in the series.

The teams will wrap up the four-game set with a 6:05pm CT finale on Sunday. Right-hander Jimmy Nelson (2-4, 3.70) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face Colorado Springs right-hander Armando Galarraga (0-1, 9.39). Baseball returns to Greer Stadium on Friday, August 16th, for Elvis Night and postgame fireworks.

Box Score – Game 1

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (57-60) 6, Nashville Sounds (47-73) 2
August 10th, 2013

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 x x 2 7 2
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0 2 0 2 2 0 x x x 6 10 0
Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kentrail Davis CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .247
Eugenio Velez 2B 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .367
Sean Halton RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .292
Hunter Morris 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Robinzon Diaz C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .346
Stephen Parker 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .207
Josh Prince LF 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .233
Blake Davis SS 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
Johnny Hellweg P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .150
Travis Webb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a- Hainley Statia PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .254
Totals 24 2 7 1 0 0 2 2 2 .250

 

a-Singled for Webb in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Velez (5, Volstad).
TB: Velez 2; Halton; Davis, B 3; Morris, H; Statia.
RBI: Davis, Ke (6), Velez (6).
2-out RBI: Velez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morris, H; Halton.
SAC: Hellweg 2.
GIDP: Diaz, R, Davis, Ke.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
E: Prince (10, fielding), Hellweg (2, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Prince (Paulsen at home).
DP: 3 (Velez-Davis, B-Morris, H, Hellweg-Davis, B, Prince-Diaz, R).
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tim Wheeler CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 .264
Josh Rutledge SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .336
Reid Brignac 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275
Ryan Wheeler 3B 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .304
Jordan Pacheco C 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 .276
Ben Paulsen 1B 3 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .301
Kent Matthes RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .288
Hernan Iribarren LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .311
Chris Volstad P 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .100
Totals 25 6 10 2 1 0 5 3 3 .290

 

BATTING
2B: Wheeler, R (26, Hellweg), Matthes (3, Hellweg).
3B: Pacheco (1, Hellweg).
TB: Paulsen 3; Volstad; Pacheco 3; Wheeler, T; Wheeler, R 3; Iribarren; Matthes 2.
RBI: Pacheco (2), Paulsen 2 (64), Volstad (1), Wheeler, T (34).
2-out RBI: Volstad; Wheeler, T.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wheeler, R; Rutledge 2.
GIDP: Brignac.
Team RISP: 5-for-10.
Team LOB: 4.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Rutledge-Brignac-Paulsen, Rutledge-Paulsen).

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Johnny Hellweg (L, 10-5) 5.0 10 6 5 3 2 0 2.75
Travis Webb 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.85
Totals 6.0 10 6 5 3 3 0 4.37

 


Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chris Volstad (W, 6-4) 7.0 7 2 2 2 2 0 4.79
Totals 7.0 7 2 2 2 2 0 5.37

 

Pitches-strikes: Hellweg 94-51, Webb 13-11, Volstad 83-56.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hellweg 3-4, Webb 1-0, Volstad 16-1.
Batters faced: Hellweg 25, Webb 3, Volstad 28.
Umpires: HP: Tom Woodring. 1B: Gerard Ascani. 3B: Joel Hospodka.
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 8 mph, Varies.
T: 1:55.
Venue: Security Service Field.
August 10, 2013

Box Score – Game 2

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4, Nashville Sounds 2
August 10th, 2013

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 x x 2 8 0
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4 0 0 0 0 0 x x x 4 6 0

 

 

Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kentrail Davis CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .253
Dustin Molleken P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Michael Olmsted P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b- Josh Prince PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232
Eugenio Velez 2B-CF 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .392
Sean Halton RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .291
Hunter Morris 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .241
Blake Lalli C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Hainley Statia LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Blake Davis SS 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Stephen Parker 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .206
Aaron Laffey P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .136
Tim Dillard P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
a- Ozzie Chavez PH-2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .220
Totals 29 2 8 1 0 0 2 4 7 .250

 

a-Singled for Dillard in the 4th. b-Flied out for Olmsted in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Halton (26, Kensing).
TB: Velez 2; Chavez, O; Halton 2; Davis, B 2; Morris, H; Davis, Ke.
RBI: Halton (40), Morris, H (62).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lalli 2; Morris, H; Davis, Ke 2; Chavez, O.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tim Wheeler CF 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .262
Jordan Pacheco 1B 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313
Josh Rutledge SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .330
Ryan Wheeler 3B 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .302
Xavier Nady LF 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .295
Kent Matthes RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .289
Jose Gonzalez C 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .203
Drew Garcia 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .256
Cory Riordan P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a- Hernan Iribarren PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .309
Rob Scahill P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
Hisanori Takahashi P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Logan Kensing P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 24 4 6 1 0 0 4 1 7 .290

 

a-Grounded out for Riordan in the 4th.
BATTING
2B: Matthes (4, Laffey).
TB: Gonzalez, Jo; Pacheco 2; Matthes 2; Nady 2.
RBI: Wheeler, R (69), Nady (54), Matthes (14), Gonzalez, Jo (9).
2-out RBI: Matthes; Gonzalez, Jo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez, Jo; Garcia, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Pacheco (2, 2nd base off Laffey/Lalli), Nady 2 (4, 2nd base off Dillard/Lalli, 2nd base off Olmsted/Lalli).

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Aaron Laffey (L, 5-6) 1.0 3 4 4 1 1 0 5.81
Tim Dillard 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3.34
Dustin Molleken 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Michael Olmsted 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.71
Totals 6.0 6 4 4 1 7 0 4.38

 


Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cory Riordan 4.0 4 0 0 3 3 0 6.29
Rob Scahill (W, 4-1) 1.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.26
Hisanori Takahashi 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.10
Logan Kensing 1.0 2 2 2 1 2 0 2.45
Totals 7.0 8 2 2 4 7 0 5.35

 

WP: Olmsted, Scahill, Takahashi.
HBP: Wheeler, T (by Laffey).
Pitches-strikes: Laffey 37-19, Dillard 32-18, Molleken 26-16, Olmsted 20-15, Riordan 70-45, Scahill 24-15, Takahashi 4-3, Kensing 24-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Laffey 2-0, Dillard 5-0, Molleken 1-1, Olmsted 0-1, Riordan 6-2, Scahill 3-1, Takahashi 0-0, Kensing 0-1.
Batters faced: Laffey 8, Dillard 8, Molleken 6, Olmsted 4, Riordan 19, Scahill 7, Takahashi 1, Kensing 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Takahashi 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Gerard Ascani. 1B: Joel Hospodka. 3B: Tom Woodring.
Weather: 75 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Varies.
T: 2:29.
Att: 5,327.
Venue: Security Service Field.
August 10, 2013


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