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Colorado Springs silences Nashville

By: The Associated Press
April 16, 2017 Updated: April 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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Ryan Cordell (Photo courtesy of Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The battery combination of Brent Suter and Tyler Heineman powered Colorado Springs to its third straight win, 6-1 over the Nashville Sounds in front of 11,097 fans Saturday night at First Tennessee Park.

The Sky Sox improved to 6-3 in Pacific Coast League baseball play.

Suter (1-0, 0.00) earned the victory by going five scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out three batters in his first Sky Sox outing of 2017.

Andrew Barbosa entered in the sixth inning and struck out the side, finishing his evening with two scoreless innings and five strikeouts.

Tim Dillard and Wei-Chung Wang finished the eighth and ninth innings, allowing one run combined.

Nashville suffered its fourth straight loss.

During the first five games of the road trip, the bullpen has allowed just four earned runs in 19 innings, while striking out 24 batters.

The Sky Sox jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Lewis Brinson led off with a double and scored on a passed ball. Ryan Cordell followed with his second home run in as many games.

Colorado Springs tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.

With two outs, Brinson lifted a fly ball to right field, which was mishandled by Chris Parmelee and allowed Yadiel Rivera to score.

One batter later, Kyle Wren lined a RBI single to right field to plate Brinson.

The teams are scheduled to meet again Sunday in Nashville.

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