Nashville Loses Eighth One-Run Game of the Season
Nashville, TN – Arismendy Alcantara hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning to send the Iowa Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 4,657 fans Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
The home run was off of Nashville starter Chris Smith who was charged with a tough loss. Alcantara had a runner aboard thanks to a lead-off single by Dan Vogelbach to start the inning.
Smith and Iowa starter Ryan Williams exchanged zeroes for the first four innings. Nashville got to Williams in the fifth when Bruce Maxwell came through with a two-out single that plated Rangel Ravelo from second.Smith retired the side in order in the sixth before Vogelbach greeted him with a soft single to right to start the seventh.
Despite the home run, Smith pitched well. He went seven innings and allowed two runs on just four hits. He walked one and struck out a pair. Over the last six games, Sounds’ starters have thrown a total of 39 innings and have allowed only six earned runs while racking up 33 strikeouts.
Williams went six innings and earned the win after he allowed just the one run on six hits. The bullpen trio of Carl Edwards Jr., CJ Riefenhauser and Spencer Patton worked the final three innings and keep Nashville off the board.
Renato Nunez started the ninth with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Smolinski. Patton came back to strike out Matt Olson and retire Matt McBride on a fly out to center to end it.
Game three of the four-game series is set for Wednesday afternoon at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Eric Surkamp (1-0, 0.00) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Jake Buchanan (0-1, 6.10) for the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05pm.
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