Nashville Sounds Baseball
Des Moines, IA – Iowa left-hander Brooks Raley tossed a seven-inning, six-hit shutout to lead the Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Sounds in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday evening at Principal Park.
Raley (2-1), who retired the final eight batters in order and 14 of the last 15 Sounds overall, threw 90 pitches to record the shutout .The southpaw allowed six hits, struck out six, and did not walk a batter.The I-Cubs scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the first inning when second baseman Matt Tolbert belted the first pitch he saw from Sounds starter Seth McClung over the center field wall for his first roundtripper of the season.
McClung (1-7) worked out of jams throughout the contest, including stranding the bases loaded twice, in keeping the deficit at one run. The big right-hander allowed one run on seven hits while striking out a season-high eight batters in his 106-pitch, six-inning complete-game effort. The eight punchouts were the highest single-game output by a Nashville pitcher this season.
Nashville advanced a runner to second only twice in the game and both were left stranded there by Raley.
First baseman Sean Halton singled in the first inning to extend the Sounds’ longest active hitting streak to seven games. Outfielder Logan Schafer also singled in the Nashville first to extend his own hit streak to five games.
The defeat was the fourth shutout suffered this season by Nashville (23-39).