Published: August 11, 2013
The Colorado Springs cold streak can be attributed to a lack of two-out hitting.
The Sky Sox (58-61) came up short in the ninth inning, losing 3-2 to Nashville on Sunday at Security Service Field in a game that the start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 19 minutes.
"When things are going well for a team you get those two-out hits," Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill said. "We had the right batter (pinch hitter Jordan Pacheco) up in the right situation which you try to do as a manager."
For a time, Colorado Springs managed to get that elusive two-out hit with three straight singles up the middle by Pacheco, then Tim Wheeler and Hernan Iribarren, whose hit scored Pacheco to make it 3-2.
Reid Brignac came up but his soft pop fly went into Sounds third baseman Stephen Parker's glove to end the game and split the four-game series.
"I thought we had some better at-bats in the final inning," Hill said. "Hopefully this is a start to a turnaround."
The Sky Sox have lost eight of their last 12.
Colorado Springs trimmed the Nashville lead to 2-1 when Ryan Wheeler clubbed a one-out double off the center-field fence just below the 410-feet sign to score Iribarren. It was Wheeler's team-high 70th RBI.
But the Sky Sox could not bring him home, after both Ben Paulsen and Kent Matthes struck out swinging.
Colorado Springs left two more base runners stranded in the fourth when Iribarren struck out looking.
Nashville's Blake Davis scored on a sacrifice bunt, that was set up be wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Eugenio Velez. The run made it 3-1 in the fifth.
Nashville took a 2-0 lead when catcher Blake Lalli sent a Galarraga offering over the right field fence near the ballpark clock. His homer scored Josh Prince, who reached on a leadoff single.
Galarraga bounced back with three-straight strikeouts (all swinging) against the bottom of the Sounds order.
Colorado Springs was unable to score in the second after back-to-back singles by Ben Paulsen and Matthes and a walk for Drew Garcia loaded the bases with one out. But Galarraga struck out and Tim Wheeler grounded out to strand all three and keep it 2-0, Sounds.
Brignac performed well defensively at third base. His quick throw on a grounder to home plate prevented a run and kept the game scoreless in the first inning. His force out at third and strong throw to first base resulted in a double play in the third.