Nashville Sounds Splits Four-Game Series
Nashville, TN – A four-run eighth inning by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox doomed the Nashville Sounds in a 7-5 loss Thursday night in front of 5,202 fans at First Tennessee Park.
Nashville had a 5-3 lead when Andrew Triggs took over in the eighth. He struck out Hernan Perez to start the inning, but then allowed an infield single to Jake Elmore.
Garin Cecchini followed with a base hit to put runners at first and second. Eric Young Jr. followed with a sharp ground ball just to the right of shortstop Tyler Ladendorf who bobbled the ball allowing all runners to be safe.
The infield single and error came back to hurt when Josmil Pinto singled in a pair of runs and number nine hitter Manny Pina tripled to the center field wall to score two more to give the Sky Sox a 7-5 lead.
Until the eighth inning, the Sounds’ bullpen had a collective 1.95 ERA in the first seven games of the season.
The Sounds loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth only to come away empty handed when Chad Pinder bounced out to third.
Brooks Hall picked up the win for Colorado Springs and Triggs was tagged with the loss, his first of the season. Damien Magnifico worked the final 1 1/3 innings to earn the save.
Nashville built their 5-3 lead on the strength of a season-high 13 hits. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Ladendorf led the charge with a 3-for-4 night, and Pinder and Jake Smolinski had two hits apiece.
The Sounds begin an eight-game road trip on Friday in Oklahoma City. Right-hander Zach Neal (0-1, 1.80) starts for Nashville against right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (1-0, 0.00). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com