May 7, 2014 6:00 PM by Jordan Mason
A huge six-run eighth inning aided by some fielding gaffs by the Nashville Sounds gave the Colorado Springs Sky Sox their second consecutive win against the Sounds, 9-5 Wednesday.
Trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Sky Sox smacked four hits including a two RBI single by 3B Ryan Wheeler and a two RBI double by RF Kyle Parker to take the lead for good and give the Sox some extra breathing room.
The Sounds committed three errors in the inning and six in the entire game - tied for the most at home by a visiting team since May 29, 2011 when Fresno committed six, and the fourth time all-time an opposing team committed six in Colorado Springs.
The Sky Sox struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to 1B Ben Paulsen's two-RBI single off RHP Jimmy Nelson to score Parker and Wheeler.
Nelson pitched well in six innings of work, allowing just one earned run, while fanning eight batters and walking two to lower his season ERA to 2.00.
RHP Leuris Gomez made the spot start and pitched extremely well in his three innings, allowing just three hits, while punching out four batters.
However, the Sounds roughed up RHP Manny Corpas for five runs on seven hits, including three doubles in 1.2 innings, taking the lead in a four-run fifth inning.
Trailing by two, Wilton Lopez, Chad Bettis (1-0) and Greg Burke shut down the Sounds offense to give the Sox a chance at the comeback. Combined, the three pitchers tossed 4.1 innings, allowing just three hits with two strikeouts.
R. Wheeler, Parker, Paulsen, CF Jason Pridie and IF Rafael Ynoa each picked up two hits, while Parker lead the squad with three RBI. R. Wheeler and Paulsen each had two RBI as well.
For the Sounds, 2B Elian Herrera and 1B Hunter Morris each had three hits.
The Sky Sox will look take their first shot to win their second series of the season on Thursday, when RHP Christian Bergman (3-1, 4.95 ERA) takes on LHP Brad Mills (2-0, 2.22 ERA) for the Sounds.
· Paulsen's two-hit game extended his hitting streak to 14, which is the longest current streak in the PCL and just two shy of Oscar Taveras' league-high (2014 season only).