Nashville Sounds Baseball
Shortstop Breaks 6-6 Tie with Bottom of the Ninth Double
Nashville, TN – Chad Pinder’s double scored Joey Wendle in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nashville Sounds a 7-6 win in walk-off fashion over the New Orleans Zephyrs in front of 4,695 fans at First Tennessee Park Tuesday night.
It was a back-and-forth game that featured five lead changes between the two teams. With the game tied 6-6 to start the bottom of the ninth, Wendle hit a popup on the infield that fell untouched. Pinder got a 1-0 pitch from Greg Nappo and rifled it down the left field line. Wendle, celebrating his 26th birthday, scored just ahead of the throw to give the Sounds a win in the series finale.The Sounds had a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Robert Andino’s RBI double off Zach Neal made it a one-run game. The next batter, Xavier Scruggs, launched a two-run homer to give New Orleans a 3-2 lead.
They upped it to 4-2 before Nashville answered with three in the fifth. Max Muncy drove in Wendle to make it 4-3, and Renato Nunez clubbed a two-run homer to give the Sounds a 5-4 lead after five.
Neal turned in a scoreless sixth and struck out Adrian Nieto on his 104th pitch of the night to end the inning.
The Zephyrs weren’t done as they scored two runs in the seventh to regain the lead. They put two runners on against Eduard Santos before Patrick Schuster relieved the right-hander. Schuster hit Don Kelly with a pitch to load the bases before Isaac Galloway made it hurt with a two-out, two-run single to give New Orleans a 6-5 lead.
Nashville answered back right away when Muncy led off the seventh with a mammoth solo home run into The Band Box in deep right field to even it at 6-6. It was Muncy’s fourth home run over his last seven games.
Schuster worked a scoreless eighth before he combined with Ryan Brasier to put up a zero in the top of the ninth, clearing the way for Pinder’s game-winner.
Wendle celebrated his birthday in style with a 3-for-4 night. Pinder went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs. Brasier picked up the win and improved to 1-1 on the season. Nappo was tagged with the loss to drop his record to 2-1.
The Sounds have an off day Wednesday before heading to Round Rock, Texas for a four-game series with the Express set to begin on Thursday. First pitch of game one is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com