Game Winner Comes With One Out in Ninth
Nashville, TN – Josh Phegley delivered Bruce Maxwell with the winning run on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nashville Sounds a 4-3 win over the Sacramento River Cats in front of a sellout crowd of 10,820 Saturday night at First Tennessee Park.
With the scored tied 3-3 to start the bottom of the ninth, Maxwell drew a walk to give the Sounds a base runner. Rangel Ravelo followed with a line drive single up the middle, and Jaycob Brugman moved both runners with a sacrifice bunt.Duke Welker issued an intentional walk to Joey Wendle to load the bases. On a 3-2 pitch, Phegley lined a base hit to left field to score Maxwell and give the Sounds (23-19) their seventh straight win.
Nashville jumped out to an early lead when Andrew Lambo singled home Phegley in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0. Phegley singled in the first at bat of his MLB rehab assignment.
Chad Pinder followed Lambo’s single with a sacrifice fly to deep right field to up the lead to 2-0.
Ravelo sparked a two-out rally in the fourth when he tripled to the gap in right-center. Brugman, making his Sounds and Triple-A debut, lined a base hit up the middle to put the lead up to 3-0.
Sacramento (16-27) battled back with a three-spot to tie the game in the fifth. Gorkys Hernandez, Ramiro Pena and Jarrett Parker all collected RBI singles in the inning.
Sounds starter Chris Smith turned in another quality performance. He allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out four. Over the last nine games, Nashville starters are 6-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
Ryan Brasier bridged the gap between Smith and the walk-off win. The right-handed reliever tossed two scoreless innings to keep the game knotted at 3-3.
Phegley finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Ravelo went 3-for-4 in the win.
The four-game series wraps Sunday afternoon at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Zach Neal (5-1, 2.53) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Chris Stratton (4-4, 6.60) for the River Cats. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm.
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