The Sky Sox bid adieu to a first-place team in the Oklahoma City Dodgers, and welcomed in another first-place team in the Nashville Sounds and the result remained the same as the Sox claimed the 4-1 win in the opener of the four-game series. Josh Hader was dazzling and allowed one run in the sixth inning and didn’t walk anyone while striking out 8. He left in line for a loss with the score 1-0, but that didn’t last long. In the bottom of the seventh inning the Sounds went to their bullpen and brought on righty Tucker Healy to face hitters 8-9-1. He dismissed the first batter, but gave up two hits in a row to Eric Young, Jr and Kyle Wren, and walked Nate Orf bringing Lewis Brinson. The centerfielder CRUSHED a 2-1 pitch from Healy and hit a LAZER out of Security Service Field for a grand slam that stopped the Sounds in their tracks and sent the Sky Sox to the 4-1 win, Damien Magnifico cleaned up with two scoreless on the mound and locked down his 14th save. Sam Freeman got the win in relief with a scoreless inning. The Sox have now taken 18 of their last 22 at home.
Hitting Notes –
The Sox scored all four runs on the slam by Brinson in the seventh inning, but tallied 8 hits in the win. The Grand Slam marks the EIGHTH hit by the Sky Sox this season. THE EIGHTH! Are you kidding me?! 8 of the 52 grand slams in the 16-team league have been hit by the Sky Sox. As a team Colorado Springs is hitting .316 with the bases loaded this season.
Lewis Brinson is settling nicely into Colorado Springs. He has six hits in two games including his third career grand slam in Wednesday’s win. He went 0-for-2 in his first two trips to the plate, but bounced back with a single in the sixth and the homer in the seventh. In 10 career Triple-A games, the young outfielder is hitting .500 ((19-for-38) with two homers and nine RBI.
Nate Orf also collected a two-hit game as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Kyle Wren and Eric Young, Jr. tallied hits and scored on the grand slam.
Garin Cecchini reached twice with a hit and a walk and Garrett Cooper collected the other hit for the Sox.
Pitching Notes –
Josh Hader was outstanding for the third straight start. The lefty dominated the Sounds from the first pitch of the game. He retired the first nine men he faced and allowed just one run over his six frames. He scattered five hits, didn’t walk anyone for the first time with Colorado Springs and just the second time in 2o starts this season. He threw 89 pitches, 61 for strikes in the Sky Sox victory. Over his last 3 outings he’s allowed 5 earned runs on 11 hits and has struck out 23 in 17 innings.
Sam Freeman was the beneficiary of the grand slam as he pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. He earned the first win of his time with the Sox. He needed just 7 pitches, 6 of which were strikes.
Damien Magnifico was called upon for the six-out save, which he recorded in near perfect fashion. He picked up his 14th of the season with his two innings, in which he allowed 2 hits, a walk, and struck out 3. He threw 35 pitches in the 2 innings, 19 of which went for strikes.
Play of the Game –
Lewis Brinson’s Grand Slam –
Pregame Interview with Dan Karcher and Lewis Brinson –
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