For the third straight night, the Nashville Sounds (30-26) defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (24-30) as they rolled to a 11-2 victory Friday night in Nashville to win the four-game series, three games to one.
The Sounds got to LHP Christian Friedrich (1-6) early in the game when they scored four runs in the first and another five in the third inning.
Nashville’s Jeff Bianchi led the first inning off with a double followed up by a walk and a couple of singles to jump out to a 2-0 lead before Caleb Gindl smacked a two-run double to center field to add to the lead.
Despite a one-two-three inning in the second including two punchouts, Friedrich saw trouble again in the third when the Sounds collected five hits, including two doubles, and two walks (one intentional) to jump out to 9-2 lead.
The Sky Sox scored their only two runs in the top of the third when Jason Pridie smacked his eighth homer of the season, a two-run shot to left field.
Friedrich only lasted 2.1 innings allowing nine runs on nine hits, while punching out four and walking three. In the third, RHP Wilton Lopez relieved Friedrich and continued to toss one of his best outings of the season. In 3.2 innings, Lopez struck out six batters and allowed only two hits and no runs.
However, the Sounds struck again in the eighth when Kevin Mattison launched a two-run homer off RHP Chris Martin.
RHP Ariel Pena had a solid start tossing six innings, allowing just the two runs on two hits, while striking out four and walking four.
The Sky Sox had bases loaded in the ninth, but RHP Jeremy Jeffress got Pridie to ground out to end the game and give the Sounds their third straight win against the Sky Sox. The season series is now tied 4-4.
The Sox will now travel back to Colorado Springs to play a four-game set against the New Orleans Zephyrs. LHP Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.98) takes the mound against Brian Flynn (5-3, 2.98).