Colorado Springs, CO – Lewis Brinson hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Sounds Wednesday night at Security Service Field.
With the Sounds (63-49) leading 1-0 in the seventh, Brinson clobbered a 2-1 pitch from reliever Tucker Healy over the left field wall for the slam.
The long ball came after two singles and a walk to load the bases. Brinson was just acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers in a deadline deal with the Texas Rangers.
Healy came on for Chris Smith who started for Nashville and turned in six shutout innings. He scattered five hits, walked one and struck out four.
Over the last eight games, Nashville starters have a 6-1 record and a 1.08 ERA in 50 innings.
Smith and Sky Sox (54-54) starter Josh Hader were locked in a pitcher’s duel early in the game. Neither team scored in the first five innings as both starters were on their game.
The Sounds got to Hader in the sixth with some timely hitting. After Hader retired the first two batters in the inning, Chad Pinder singled up the middle to put a runner on.
Brett Eibner came through with a fly ball to the gap in right-center that fell and went to the wall. Pinder scored from first on the double by Eibner to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead.
Smith worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom half of the sixth to finish his night.
He gave way for Healy who allowed the go-ahead slam to Brinson in the seventh.
Two Colorado Springs relievers kept the Sounds off the board the rest of the way. Sam Freeman tossed a scoreless seventh and Damien Magnifico notched a six-out save.
The Sounds collected eight hits on the night but went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Game two of the series is set for Thursday night at Security Service Field. Right-hander Jharel Cotton (8-5, 4.90) makes his Sounds debut against right-hander Hiram Burgos (5-8, 5.06) for the Sky Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm CST.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com