Nashville, TN – The Colorado Springs Sky Sox used a four-run second inning to help them to a series-opening 5-2 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 6,177 fans Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
Former Sounds pitcher Wily Peralta went five strong innings against his former team and earned the win. He allowed one run on five hits to go along with four strikeouts.
Nashville starter Chris Jensen wasn’t as sharp as his counterpart. After a 1-2-3 first, Jensen allowed back-to-back singles to Manny Pina and Garrett Cooper to start the second inning.
Jensen came back to retire the next two batters, but a walk and two extra-base hits helped the Sky Sox open a 4-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Yadiel Rivera brought in a pair of runs with a ground-rule double.
Nashville Sounds Back to 10 Games Over After Loss
Kyle Wren immediately followed with a two-run triple to break it open.
The Sounds finally got to Peralta in the fifth when Joey Wendle started a rally with a double to right-center. A fly ball moved Wendle to third, and a groundout by Ladendorf pushed across the first run of the night for Nashville.
Colorado Springs reliever Sam Freeman came on for Peralta in the sixth and kept the Sounds off the board for the next three innings. He allowed only one base runner in the three frames – a two-out single by Rangel Ravelo in the seventh.
Aaron Kurcz did his best to keep the Sounds in the game with three scoreless relief innings of his own.
The ninth came with the Sounds trailing 5-1 but Matt Olson cut into the deficit when he launched his 12th home run of the season – a solo shot to right-center to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Colin Walsh followed with a double down the right field line, but David Goforth retired the next two batters in order to close out the Sky Sox win.
Jensen fell to 1-4 with the loss and Peralta earned his first win to improve to 1-3. Olson was the lone Sounds player with a multi-hit night with a 2-for-4 game.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Wednesday afternoon at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Raul Alcantara (0-0, 0.00) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Aaron Wilkerson (0-2, 8.03) for the Sky Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com
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