Sky Sox Fall 3-2 as Nashville Wins 12th Straight Game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Sky Sox dropped their third consecutive game in the series by a score of 3-2 to the Nashville Sounds, who extend their win streak to 12 games, on Saturday night at Security Service Field. After being held to four hits a night ago, the Sky Sox offense was held to just six hits Saturday night and was highlighted by a two-for-four night by Jett Bandy.
Nashville, who scored five first-inning runs in game one of the series, plated another two in game three to start the game off with a 2-0 advantage. Steve Lombardozzi got the Sounds going with a single up the middle while two more singles by Dustin Fowler and Anthony Garcia manufactured the two runs.
The Sky Sox jumped into action in the bottom of the second with a solo run. With two outs, Domingo Santana went down swinging, but a wild pitch enabled the outfielder to advance to first base, sending Jett Bandy, who doubled in the inning, to third base. Rymer Liriano followed with a single to left field to plate Bandy and cut the Sounds lead to 2-1.
In the top of the third, Nashville struck again with another run on back-to-back extra-base hits by Fowler (triple) and Garcia (double) to take a 3-1 lead.
The game went dormant until the sixth inning when the Sky Sox found themselves in a scoring opportunity. Following consecutive singles by Nate Orf and Keon Broxton and both runners in scoring position after a stolen base by Broxton, Tyler Saladino grounded out to the shortstop to allow Orf to come in and make it a 3-2 game. With one out, and the Broxton representing the tying run on third, Christian Bethancourt knocked a grounder back to the pitcher, retiring a speeding Broxton at the plate to retain the one-run lead.
In the ninth, still down by a run, Bandy singled to right field and was replaced by pinch runner Quintin Berry, representing the tying run. With one out, Berry stole second during the next at-bat to get into scoring position, but Santana followed by going down swinging for the second out. Liriano came up and lined a ball to right field, but right at the glove of Boog Powell to end the contest.
The Sky Sox continue into the final game of the four-game set against the Nashville Sounds tomorrow with game four at 1:30 p.m. Following tomorrow's game, the Sky Sox will go on the road for a brief three-game set versus the Iowa Cubs. For all information on Sky Sox, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit the team's website at www.skysox.com.
Tomorrow's Preview: The Sky Sox head into the final game of the four-game set against the Nashville Sounds, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, with first pitch scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MST. Colorado Springs' righty Alec Asher (5-3, 5.28) is set to face the Sounds' southpaw Jesus Luzardo (1-0).
Early Scoring: Nashville has held the easy advantage in early scoring in this series so far. Over the three games, the Sounds have outscored the Sky Sox by a total of 11-5 in the first three innings.
'Pen holding it down: After three runs allowed by starter Paolo Espino through five frames, relievers Bubba Derby and Mike Zagurski held off any additional scoring. Derby tossed three, two-hit frames while Zagurski tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.
Swipin' Bags: The 140 Sky Sox stolen bases this season is currently the fourth most in a single season. The team record is 169 stolen bases, which was set in 2009. The next feat to reach is third-most 149 set in 2000 while the second-most 151 is held by 2016 squad.
Orf Alert: With his hit-by-pitch on Saturday night, Orf marked his 33rd total in his Sky Sox career. He is two away from tying Mark Strittmatter at 35. The all-time leader is Clint Barmes (47).
Red Hot: The Sky Sox still cannot end the red-hot Nashville Sounds, dropping the third straight game of a four-game set with a close 3-2 score. The Sounds collected their 12th win in a row. The last time the Sounds lost was last month, on July 28th.
Sweet Tally: With another loss, manager Rick Sweet's win count stays at 269 total (regular season) with the Sky Sox. Sweet trails Brad Mills by only two wins to tie Mills' club record 271 wins as Sky Sox manager. If you include postseason wins, Sweet is at 271 overall wins, trailing Mills by only five overall wins.
The Hunt For First: The Sky Sox continue the hunt for their second-consecutive playoff run, battling it out with other top contender of the American North - the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Last season, the Sky Sox broke one of the longest postseason droughts in professional sports - taking the American North division for the first time and breaking their 20-year absence. Currently, the Sky Sox trail the Dodgers by a game-and-a-half in the standings.
Quality from Brooks: Aaron Brooks dominated once again in his 13th start with the Sky Sox on Friday night against Nashville. In seven innings, he delivered seven solid frames while allowing just three runs on nine hits and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts on the night. It marked his second consecutive quality start and third overall this season with the Sky Sox.
Five or Less: The Sky Sox were held to five or less hits for the 23rd time this season. It marked the eighth time in 2018 where the Sky Sox were held to four hits exactly.
Taylor's 15th: Tyrone Taylor knocked his 15th home run of the season in the second inning of Friday night's game with the Sounds. Taylor is just three home runs away from doubling his previous high in the category, which was nine, set in 2016 while with Biloxi.
Another Multi: Christian Bethancourt recorded his 27th multi-hit game. In his last nine games, the catcher has recorded four multi-hit instances.
Heavy Damage: The 18 runs the Sky Sox surrendered on Thursday night marked the most runs they've given up in a game all season. The previous high of 17 runs also came at home in Security Service Field, on 6/19 against the Salt Lake Bees.
Lengthy Evening: The three-hour and 55-minute contest on Thursday night was the longest game the Sky Sox have played all season, unseating the previous long of three-hours and 53-minutes, which came less than a month ago on the road in New Orleans against the Baby Cakes on 7/14. The 3:55 time for the 18-9 game marks the longest nine-inning Sky Sox game (time) against the Nashville Sounds. The previous longest nine-inning game in time between the Sky Sox and Nashville was at 3:47, taking place on April 10th, 2015, where Nashville won that game, 12-8.
Power Trio: The Sky Sox powered three home runs in the final game of the series in Tacoma on Tuesday courtesy of Jett Bandy, Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana, who were also the five-six-seven batters in the matinee contest. The home run for Broxton marked his first since being back with the Sky Sox (last was on June 25 vs. MEM). For Bandy, it marked his eighth of the season with the Sky Sox and Santana's fourth.
Asher's 12th: Right-handed starter Alec Asher, who went one over the minimum through his first three frames of work on Tuesday, notched his sixth win and completed his 12th start with the Sky Sox after a solid six innings of work while allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and, for the first time in an outing, no strikeouts.
Davies Rehab: Right-handed pitcher and Brewers rehabber Zach Davies made his fourth rehab stint for the Sky Sox Monday night, tossing 4.2 innings, allowing just the one run on five hits with a pair of walks alongside a pair of strikeouts. In his last rehab start, on Wednesday, August 1st, Davies threw two and two-thirds innings and allowing five runs on just four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Overall, after four rehab starts with Colorado Springs, he has totaled 13.1 IP, 15 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 11 K and is 0-2.
This Week's Preview: The Sky Sox are back home to host the Nashville Sounds for four games at Security Service Field, before heading out onto the road on Monday the 13th for a three-game set in Iowa versus the Cubs.
NEXT GAME: Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 p.m. MT vs. Nashville Sounds @ Security Service Field
RHP Alec Asher (5-3, 5.28) vs. LHP Jesus Luzardo (1-0, 0.00) - Broadcast on XTRA Sports 1300
PROMOTION: Sky Sox "Peak Performers" Giveaway presented by Pioneer Landscape Centers - 50-cent Hot Dogs presented by Safeway
COS TOP PERFORMERS
- Rymer Liriano (1-for-4, RBI)
- Tyler Saladino (1-for-4, RBI)
- Jett Bandy (2-for-4, 2B, R)
NAS TOP PERFORMERS
- Dustin Fowler (3-for-4, 3B, 2 R, BB)
- Anthony Garcia (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI)
- Daniel Mengden (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
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