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Nashville Sounds Baseball
Colorado Springs Plates All Four Runs In Seventh Inning
Colorado Springs, CO – The Nashville Sounds opened their road trip on the short end of a 4-1 defeat to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday evening in the opener of a four-game series at Security Service Field.
Nashville (18-14) fell into a tie for first place with Round Rock with the defeat. The Sounds are just 3-6 in series openers this season.Colorado Springs plated all four of its runs in the seventh inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and claim victory.
Left-hander Brent Leach made a spot start for Nashville when scheduled pitcher Alfredo Figaro didn’t arrive at the ballpark with enough time to prepare for the start. Leach worked a pair of scoreless frames with one hit allowed and has not allowed a run in his last 7 2/3 innings over five outings.
The Sounds missed an early scoring chance after placing runners on second and third against Sky Sox starter Yohan Flande in the top of the second, courtesy of a Jeremy Hermida single and Lucas May double. However, the Colorado Springs southpaw recovered to strike out Hector Gomez and Kevin Mattison in succession to escape the jam unscathed.
Nashville left fielder Eugenio Velez kept it a scoreless tie in the home half of the second when he threw out Ben Paulsen at the plate as he attempted to score on Rafael Ynoa’s two-out single. It marked the fifth runner gunned down at home by Sounds outfielder this season.
The Sounds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth but missed a chance at a much bigger inning after having the bases loaded twice during the frame. After loading the bags with no outs against Flande. May (2-for-3) lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate Elian Herrera, who extended his season-best hit streak to six games with a 2-for-4 evening. After a Gomez infield single re-loaded the bases, Kevin Mattison hit a grounder that resulted in a force out at the plate for the second out and Figaro grounded out to shortstop for the final out.
Figaro, who took the hill for Nashville in the third frame, worked four scoreless innings to open his outing before running into trouble in the seventh, when the Sky Sox touched him for four runs to grab a 4-1 lead.
Colorado Springs right fielder Kyle Parker led off the bottom of the seventh with a game-tying solo homer to left, his fifth blast of the year. Paulsen followed with a double to center and later scored the go-ahead run on Ynoa’s one-out RBI single. After Ynoa stole second, Dustin Garneau added another RBI single to make it a 3-1 game before Tim Wheeler chased Figaro by driving a two-out single to right to bring in Garneau.
Figaro (0-1) took the loss for the Sounds after surrendering four runs on eight hits in his 4 2/3 frames of action.
Rob Scahill (1-0) was the beneficiary of the late Sky Sox rally, picking up the win after hurling two hitless innings of relief.
The teams continue the series with a 12:05 p.m. matinee tomorrow afternoon. Milwaukee Brewers top prospect Jimmy Nelson (4-1, 2.08) will man the bump for the Sounds and face right-hander Leuris Gomez (0-0, 21.60).
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (14-17) 4, Nashville Sounds (18-14) 1
WP: Leach, Brown, B.
Pitches-strikes: Leach 24-12, Figaro 69-51, Hand, D 18-11, Flande 86-61, Scahill 26-18, Brown, B 42-25.
Groundouts-flyouts: Leach 4-0, Figaro 5-3, Hand, D 1-1, Flande 5-3, Scahill 1-0, Brown, B 2-1.
Batters faced: Leach 7, Figaro 21, Hand, D 5, Flande 22, Scahill 6, Brown, B 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Hand, D 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Morrow. 1B: Ryan Goodman. 3B: Nick Bailey.
Weather: 74 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 24 mph, In from RF.
Venue: Security Service Field.
May 6, 2014
TopicsAlfredo Figaro, Ben Paulsen, Brent Leach, Colorado Springs CO, Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Dustin Garneau, Elian Herrera, Eugenio Velez, Hector Gomez, Hunter Morris, Irving Falu, Jeremy Hermida, Jimmy Nelson, Kevin Mattison, Lucas May, Milwaukee Brewers, Nashville Sounds, Pacific Coast League, PCL, Rafael Ynoa, Round Rock Express, Security Service Field, Sounds, Tim Wheeler, Yohan Flande
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