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Colorado Springs, CO – The Nashville Sounds gained a split of a four-game set with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Sunday evening at Security Service Field.
Right-hander Jimmy Nelson (3-4) picked up the win for the Sounds after allowing one run on five hits and striking out five batters over his five innings of work. He lowered his Triple-A ERA to 3.54 with the effort.Blake Lalli (2-for-4) powered the Sounds to an early lead with a two-run homer in the top of the second inning off Sky Sox starter Armando Galarraga, the backstop’s 11th roundtripper of the year. Josh Prince (2-for-3), who preceded Lalli with a single, also scored on the blast.
Colorado Springs halved the Nashville lead to 2-1 in the third when ex-Sound Hernan Iribarren led off with a single and later scored on Ryan Wheeler’s one -out double to center.
Nashville tacked on a run in the fifth when Eugenio Velez’s sacrifice fly plated Blake Davis, who had opened the frame with a single.
Johnnie Lowe (1.0 IP) and Brent Leach (2.1 IP) worked scoreless relief for the Sounds to keep it a 3-1 contest until the ninth, when the Sky Sox didn’t go down without a fight against Sounds closer Jesus Sanchez.
After Sanchez retired the first two hitter of the inning, Jordan Pacheco, Tim Wheeler, and Iribarren strung together three consecutive singles, which made it a 3-2 game and placed Wheeler at third as the tying run. Sanchez then retired Reid Brignac on a game-ending lineout to third.
The Sounds continue their West Coast road trip on Monday in Reno, Nevada with the 9:05pm opener of a four-game series at Aces Ballpark. Left-hander Chris Narveson (4-6, 4.99), who has worked a Nashville season-high 16 2/3 consecutive scoreless frames over his last three outings, will make the start for the Sounds. Reno will counter with southpaw Tyler Skaggs (6-7, 4.12).
Nashville Sounds (48-74) 3, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (58-61) 2
August 11th, 2013
2B: Davis, Ke (4, Galarraga, A).
HR: Lalli (11, 2nd inning off Galarraga, A, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Prince 2; Lalli 5; Davis, B; Davis, Ke 3.
RBI: Lalli 2 (28), Velez (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morris, H; Halton; Lalli.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Davis, Ke (5, 2nd base off Galarraga, A/Davis, L).
CS: Davis, B (5, 2nd base by Hensley/Davis, L).FIELDING
E: Davis, B (17, throw), Velez (3, fielding).
Pickoffs: Leach (Matthes at 1st base).
a-Flied out for Galarraga, A in the 6th. b-Singled for Boggs in the 9th.
2B: Brignac (6, Nelson), Wheeler, R (27, Nelson).
TB: Wheeler, T; Wheeler, R 2; Iribarren 2; Paulsen; Brignac 2; Pacheco; Matthes.
RBI: Wheeler, R (70), Iribarren (25).
2-out RBI: Iribarren.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wheeler, R; Wheeler, T 2; Matthes; Iribarren; Brignac.
SAC: Davis, L.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
CS: Iribarren (1, 2nd base by Nelson/Lalli).
PO: Matthes (1st base by Leach).FIELDING
WP: Galarraga, A.
TopicsAces Ballpark, Armando Galarraga, Blake Davis, Blake Lalli, Brent Leach, Chris Narveson, Colorado Springs CO, Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Eugenio Velez, Jesus Sanchez, Johnnie Lowe, Josh Prince, Nashville Sounds, Reno Aces, Reno NV, Ryan Wheeler, Security Service Field, Sounds, Tyler Skaggs
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