The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (44-58) came close but couldn’t overcome a five-run deficit as they fell to the Nashville Sounds (54-50), 7-5, on Tuesday night.
Trailing 7-2 with two outs in the top of the ninth, the Sky Sox put a three spot on the scoreboard thanks an RBI groundout from Jason Pridie and RBI singles from Ryan Wheeler and Angelys Nina. Tim Wheeler then loaded the bases up by drawing a walk, but RHP Dustin Molleken was able to lock it down and strike out Jackson Williams to pick up his third save of the season.
Not only did Pridie have a run and an RBI, he drew three walks in the game.
LHP Brian Burres (1-4) got the start for the Sky Sox and ran into a little trouble in the first inning when he allowed three, RBI singles after walking the leadoff batter and hitting the next. He settled down to allow just one run over his final four frames. The 33-year-old worked five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, while striking out six batters with two walks.
Nashville held Colorado Springs scoreless into the eighth inning before the Sky Sox broke through against RHP Alfredo Figaro.
Matt McBride, who collected a game-high three hits Tuesday, smacked an RBI single to score the Sox’ first run, before Nina drove in his first of two runs. Nina now is hitting .323 (20-for-62) with 14 RBI in July and has 40 RBI this season, which is 14 shy of his career-high of 54 RBI set in 2011.
RHP Greg Burke came in relief of Burres in the sixth inning and tossed a perfect sixth before allowing a run when Sean Halton hit an RBI ground out.
RHP Leuris Gomez pitched the eighth inning and allowed two runs (one earned) when Matt Pagnozzi hit his 10th homer of the season.
RHP Michael Blazek started the game for Nashville and tossed four scoreless innings, picking up five strikeouts while just allowing three hits and two walks, but didn’t qualify for the victory. RHP Jose De La Torre (2-1) notched his second win thanks to two shutout innings.
The Sky Sox will take on the Sounds in game three of the current four-game set at 6:05 p.m. (MT) Wednesday. RHP Mike McClendon (2-1, 3.30 ERA) takes on RHP Ariel Pena (6-6, 4.62 ERA).
With his two RBI, Angelys Nina is now just three RBI shy of his career-high RBI for one month. Nina drove in 17 runs in July 2007 with the DSL Rockies.