Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds lost the opener of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Greer Stadium, falling 4-1 to the division-leading Omaha Storm Chasers.
Daniel Meadows made his first start since the 2009 season when he took the bump for the Sounds. The left-hander allowed one run on five hits over 3 2/3 innings, throwing a season-high 59 pitches in a no-decision.After Meadows worked into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, striking out Lance Zawadzki to escape the jam, the Sounds squandered a bases-loaded opportunity of their own in the second when Zelous Wheeler’s bounced into an inning-ending double play with the bags full.
Omaha took a 1-0 lead in the third when Johnny Giovatella singled with one out, moved to third on a Clint Robinson single to right, and scored on a Kila Ka’aihue sacrifice fly.
The Sounds rallied to tie the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Brandon Boggs led off with a single against Omaha starter Luis Mendoza and later scored on Wil Nieves’ RBI infield single off the outstretched glove of Zawadzki, the Storm Chasers’ third baseman.
The Storm Chasers pulled back in front in the fifth by plating three runs against Mike McClendon (1-1), who took the loss.
Robinson (3-for-4) singled with one out and was joined on the basepaths by Ka’aihue, who walked, before scoring the go-ahead run when Cain ripped a double down the left field line. Zawadzki (2-for-3) followed with an RBI single before Cain scored the third run of the inning on a Cody Clark groundout to make it a 4-1 game.
The Sounds again squandered a one-out, bases-loaded scoring opportunity in the sixth. After Nashville filled the bags against Mendoza, Omaha reliever Jesse Chavez came on to pop up Brandon Boggs and Edwin Maysonet in succession to escape the jam unscathed.
Mendoza (5-3) picked up the win for Omaha after allowing one run and scattering 10 hits over 5 1/3 frames of action. Chavez recorded the final five outs to nail down his eighth save of the year.