Nashville Has Won Nine of Last Ten Games
Las Vegas, NV – The Nashville Sounds remained red hot in Las Vegas with a 10-4 win over the 51s Tuesday night at Cashman Field.
The Sounds have won nine of their last ten games and sit in first place by a ½ game in the American South Division with a 25-20 record.
Four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth helped Nashville open a huge lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Las Vegas held a 3-1 lead when the fourth started, and looked like they were on their way to a clean inning when starter Sean Gilmartin retired the first two batters in the inning.Ryon Healy sparked a two-out rally with a sharp single to left field. Matt Olson followed with a double to right to put runners at second and third. Rangel Ravelo laced a single up the middle to score both runs and make it a 3-3 game.
Josh Rodriguez wasted no time in getting Nashville the lead. He followed Ravelo’s single with a two-run homer to left field to make it 5-3.
They were back at it again in the fifth when Josh Phegley started the inning with a double to right-center. After Andrew Lambo drew a walk, Chad Pinder blasted a three-run homer to open up an 8-3 lead.
Two more base hits put runners on for Rodriguez who delivered his third hit of the night, another two-run double to extend the lead to 10-3.
Sounds starter Eric Surkamp, who allowed three runs in the first three innings, calmly retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings for two huge shutdown frames.
The bottom four in the order produced 11 of the Sounds’ 14 hits. Olson went 4-for-5 with a run scored, Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and a run scored and Healy went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Surkamp tossed six innings and allowed four runs. He picked up his second win of the season. Gilmartin was charged with nine earned runs and was tagged with the loss.
Game three of the four-game series is set for Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-0, 0.67) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Rafael Montero (2-1, 4.41) for the 51s. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05pm CST.
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