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Nashville Sounds blast Iowa Cubs 8-5

Nashville Sounds 12 Hits is Most Since April 21st at Colorado Springs

Nashville SoundsDes Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds used two big innings to score a series-opening 8-5 win over the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park Tuesday night.

Trailing 3-0, Nashville exploded for five runs in the fourth inning, and then another three runs in the sixth.

Max Muncy started the scoring for the Sounds with a bang when he launched a solo homer off Iowa starter Stephen Perakslis to start the fourth.

The right-handed Parakslis turned around and retired the next two batters, but then allowed the next four Sounds to reach and ultimately score.

Nashville Sounds Baseball.
Nashville Sounds Baseball.

Andrew Lambo and Matt McBride collected back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners for Matt Olson. Mired in a deep slump, Olson lined a double to the wall in center field to score both runners and even the game at 3-3.

It didn’t stay tied for long as Rangel Ravelo blasted a go-ahead, two-run home run off Perakslis to give the Sounds a 5-3 lead.

Henderson Alvarez, working in another MLB rehab start, worked around a one-out single in the fourth to retire the side. He was finished after the fourth and allowed three runs on four hits in a no decision.

Lambo and McBride sparked another rally in the sixth when Lambo singled and McBride doubled off the wall in left-center to score Lambo and boost the lead to 6-3.

Moments later, Ravelo knocked in his third run of the game with a double, and Joey Wendle got in on the act with a run-scoring base hit up the middle.

Pitching with a slim bullpen, the Sounds needed all arms on deck to close it out. Aaron Kurcz worked the fifth and sixth innings and allowed two runs to allow Iowa to pull within 8-5.

Patrick Schuster fired a scoreless seventh, Ryan Brasier did the same in the eighth, and Tucker Healy followed suit in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Game two of the four-game series is set for Wednesday afternoon in Iowa. Left-hander Dillon Overton (1-3, 4.68) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Drew Rucinski (1-3, 6.89) for the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 12:08pm.

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


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