First Series Sweep Since May 29th-June of 2015
Nashville, TN – Matt Olson delivered a clutch two-out hit to lift the Nashville Sounds to a 2-1 win and series sweep over the Fresno Grizzlies in front of 4,645 fans Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
Olson, who went 6-for-12 in the four-game series, hit a ground-rule double down the right field line to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth.
The Sounds trailed early when Fresno pushed a run across against Dillon Overton in the second. Max Stassi tripled to the wall in right-center and scored on a groundout by Andrew Aplin.Outside of the early run, Overton was brilliant on the bump. The left-hander allowed just the one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued one walk and matched a career-high eight strikeouts.
In the month of May, Nashville starters have covered over 100 innings and are 8-5 with a 2.52 ERA. They’ve collectively put together nine quality starts.
Andrew Lambo sparked a two-out rally in the fourth with a two-out single to right-center. Playing in his first Triple-A game, Ryon Healy tripled off the wall in right-center to score Lambo and even the game at 1-1. Just called up from Double-A Midland earlier in the day, Healy went 3-for-4 in his Sounds debut.
It remained tied until the sixth when Olson came through with the big hit. It was Jake Smolinski who started the inning with an infield single. He moved up to second on Healy’s third hit of the night, a single to right-center.
The stage was set for Olson who hit a smash down the right field line. The ball got stuck in the Fresno bullpen and was ruled a ground-rule double. Smolinski scored the go-ahead run and Healy was sent back to third base.
The lead held as Overton handed off to the bullpen for the final 2 1/3 innings. Ryan Brasier, Daniel Coulombe and J.B. Wendelken shut down Fresno the rest of the way.
At 20-19, the Sounds are over .500 for the first time in the 2016 season. The four-game sweep is the first since the Sounds swept the Las Vegas 51s on May 29th-June 1st of last year.
The Sounds have a day off Wednesday before beginning a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats on Thursday night at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Eric Surkamp (1-1, 2.25) starts for Nashville. Sacramento has not named a starter. First pitch is scheduled 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. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com