Colorado Springs, CO – The Nashville Sounds rallied for five runs with two outs in the ninth inning but it was not enough as they were upended 6-5 by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Nashville is now 0-3 and has been outscored 18-7 in Sunday contests.
After being silenced for much of the day by the Sky Sox pitching staff, the Sounds finally broke through with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Chris Parmelee ripped a double to get the rally started. The next six batters to come to the plate would reach base. Renato Nunez was then walked, followed by a two-run double by Bruce Maxwell to light up the scoreboard for the first time.Ryan Lavarnway was next in line for the Sounds and he promptly singled up the middle to bring Maxwell home and cut the Colorado Springs lead in half.
Next, Kenny Wilson beat out an infield single to the shortstop, then he and Lavarnway came around to score on a two-run double from Matt McBride.
The rally finally came to an end when the lineup card flipped back over. Franklin Barreto hit a little flare right to the second baseman for the final out of the ball game.
The team from Music City mustered just four singles against Sky Sox starter Paolo Espino (3-0, 3.42), two of which were infield singles. On the day Espino struck out five Sounds hitters in his 6.2 innings of shutout baseball.
The Sounds found themselves facing an early deficit as Ryan Cordell blasted a home run in the first inning against them for the second time this season. After his hiccup to Cordell, Zach Neal (1-2, 4.87) settled in for the next four innings, inducing a plethora of ground balls.
The Sky Sox pounced on Neal in the sixth inning after Tyler Heineman got the frame started with a double off the third base bag. Kyle Wren lifted a fly ball into right field, which allowed Heineman to advance to third, then Lewis Brinson did the same thing to drive in the second run of the game for the Sky Sox.
Two more Sky Sox would reach base via walk and a single, which set the table for Garrett Cooper to provide the dagger. Cooper launched an 0-1 pitch from Neal over the center field fence to make the score 5-0 Sky Sox.
Colorado Springs added what would turn out to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Nate Orf doubled, advanced to third on a ground out, and came in to score on a wild pitch from Aaron Kurcz (2-1, 4.82).
The Sounds continue a four game set with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Monday night for game three of the series. Right-hander Daniel Gossett (0-1, 6.92) takes the mound for the Sounds against right-hander Brandon Woodruff (3-0, 2.20) for the Sky Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40pm.
The 2017 season is the Sounds’ 40th in franchise history and their third as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com