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Sky Sox shatter losing streak with doubleheader sweep of Nashville

August 10, 2013 Updated: August 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm
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Enough was enough for Colorado Springs, which connected for clutch hits to snap its losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Nashville.

"We were a little (upset) about losing what, seven straight?" Sky Sox third baseman Ryan Wheeler said. "We hadn't hit well in about two weeks but today we finally did."

The improved play in Game 1's 6-2 win continued in Saturday's nightcap with a 4-2 victory before an announced crowd of 5,327 at Security Service Field.

In Game 1, Sky Sox starter Chris Volstad (6-4) threw all seven innings, scattering seven hits, while notching two walks and strikeouts each.

"I took command of the strike zone, which was very important," he said.

Volstad helped his cause when he drove in the eventual winning run to make it 3-2 in the fourth inning. That hit set up an RBI single by Tim Wheeler to make it a two-run lead.

Colorado Springs (58-60) made it 6-2 in the fifth after an RBI single by Ben Paulsen and an errant pickoff attempt by Nashville starter and top Brewers prospect Johnny Hellweg allowed Jordan Pacheco to score.

"Effort is never a problem on this team," Ryan Wheeler said. "Of course losing (Corey) Dickerson and Charlie (Culberson) didn't help. It's not an excuse. Losing seven in a row is not acceptable."

"We knew we had to be ready when you're facing a guy who can throw 100 (mph) and we were."

Culberson and Dickerson, both with the Rockies, are in the Pacific Coast League top 10 in six categories, including batting average and extra-base hits. But the team's league-leading average (.289, headed into Saturday) is not all those two.

"I have a lot of faith in the guys we do have," manager Glenallen Hill said. "I am hopeful this is the start of us putting together some competitive games down the stretch."

Game 1 was the first time in nine outings the Sky Sox were able to hold onto a lead for more than an inning. On Saturday, the Sky Sox led for 11 over the two seven-inning games.

Eugenio Velez's two-out double tied Game 1 at 2-2 in the third for Nashville (PCL-worst 47-74) after Colorado Springs went ahead 2-0 in the second.

Game 2 started off well with Ryan Wheeler grounding into a fielder's choice to score the opening run. A sacrifice grounder by Xavier Nady, a double by Kent Matthes and a single by Jose Gonzalez made it 4-0.

Sky Sox starter Cory Riordan worked his way out a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. Closer Logan Kensing gave up two runs in the seventh but struck out the final two batters for the sweep.

Notes

Pacheco's triple in the second inning of the opener was the team's first since Lars Davis on July 28, It was the team's PCL-leading 69th. . Saturday's doubleheader was the Sky Sox's third this season. The team has three more in the final week.

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