Nashville Sounds Baseball
Ladendorf and Smolinski Club Homers
Nashville, TN – Everything clicked for the Nashville Sounds as they opened a new series with a 7-1 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Monday night at First Tennessee Park.
A’s top pitching prospect, Sean Manaea, got the ball in game and was solid from the start. The southpaw went three up and three down in three out of his first four innings. The former Indiana State product got out of a bases loaded jam in the third by striking out Sky Sox left fielder Michael Reed.Manaea picked up the win in his first start of the season. He allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.
The Sounds (2-3) got out to an early 1-0 lead with a bang. Lead-off hitter Tyler Ladendorf launched a 2-1 pitch from Hiram Burgos over the left field wall to give the Sounds an early advantage.
They added to their lead when Ladendorf doubled to right field to begin the third. Two batters later, Jake Smolinski singled to left to put runners on the corners for Andrew Lambo. The designated hitter hit an RBI single to right, scoring Ladendorf to double the lead to 2-0.
Nashville extended the lead with a big four-run fourth inning. Rangel Ravelo started the rally when he lined a single back up the middle. Sounds catcher, Bruce Maxwell, then doubled home Ravelo to put the Sounds on top 3-0. Back-to-back walks issued to Smolinski and Joey Wendle loaded the bases for Andrew Lambo who cleared the bases with a triple down the left field line. The three-bagger gave the Sounds a 6-0 lead.
Colorado Springs started the sixth with back-to-back singles against Manaea. The lefty came back to strike out Andy Wilkins before Sounds Manager Steve Scarsone turned to his bullpen.
A base hit by Jake Elmore scored Orlando Arcia in what would be the only Sky Sox run of the night.
Smolinski answered quickly in the home half of the inning when the left fielder hit the Sounds’ second home run of the night to increase the lead to 7-1.
Sounds relievers Daniel Coulombe and Nashville native Andrew Triggs would not allow a run over the final three innings. Triggs came on in the ninth and struck out the side to nail down the series-opening win.
The Sounds continue the four-game series with the Sky Sox with game two Tuesday night. Nashville sends right-hander Chris Smith (0-1, 7.20) and the Sky Sox (2-3) counter with right-hander Zach Davies (0-0, 1.80). First pitch is set for 6:35pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com