Jake Surkamp Strikes out 10 in Sounds debut
Round Rock, TX – Renato Nunez broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot to left field in the top of the fourth inning to spark a three run inning and the Sounds hung on for a 3-2 win against the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond on Friday night.
Nunez’s home run in the fourth triggered a two out rally as Matt Olson’s laced a two-run double to right to score Andrew Lambo and Jake Smolinski to put the Sounds up 3-0.
Sounds starter Eric Surkamp was dealing after being optioned earlier in the week by Oakland.The southpaw went seven innings striking out 10 batters and allowed just two hits. Surkamp had four consecutive 1-2-3 innings from the fourth through the seventh innings.
Surkamp found trouble in the eighth inning as Patrick Kivlehan reached on a Chad Pinder error and advanced to second on the errant throw into the Sounds dugout. Round Rock left fielder James Jones singled to center to plate Kivlehan to break up Surkamp’s shut-out.
Ryan Brasier then came on from the bullpen for the Sounds to try to limit the damage. Brasier gave up just two unearned runs that were charged to Surkamp to keep the Sounds on top 3-2 after eight.
J.B Wendelken came on in the ninth inning to shut down any potential Round Rock come back as he struck out the side to preserve the Sounds 3-2 win and notched his first save of the season.
The four-game series continues with game three Saturday night in Round Rock as the Sounds send left-hander Dillon Overton (1-1, 3.05) to face Round Rock right-hander Chad Bell (1-0, 2.13). First pitch is scheduled for 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