Joey Wendle Records 500th Career Hit
Las Vegas, NV – The Nashville Sounds piled on the hits racking up a season-high 19 hits in a 13-2 rout of the Las Vegas 51’s field Thursday night at Cashman Field.
Two early solo home runs from Max Muncy and Ryon Healy sparked the bats for the Sounds in Sin City.
Muncy, the second batter of the game, wasted no time putting the Sounds on the board early with a solo home run to right field and the Sounds lead 1-0.
Healy then added another solo shot on a lead-off home run in the second inning to double the Sounds lead to 2-0. The home run was Healy’s first as a Sound and his ninth of the season.
Joey Wendle added another run when he tripled to center in the third to score Chad Pinder from first to put the Sounds up 3-0 after three.
Las Vegas would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when 51’s catcher Johnny Monell to make the score 3-1 Sounds.
After two singles early in the fifth inning by Renato Nunez and Healy, the Sounds recorded three consecutive run scoring doubles to increase the Sounds lead to 7-1. Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, and Joey Wendle recorded back-to-back-to-back run scoring doubles to increase the Sounds lead to 7-1.
The 51’s scored another run in the top of the sixth inning to narrow the gap to five. Monell tripled to left field to lead off the inning for Las Vegas. Travis Taijeron then singled to left field to score Monell but was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double and the 51’s trailed 7-2.
The Sounds added to their new season-high 19 hits with seven of them coming in the seventh inning. The Sounds scored five runs in the frame and batted around the order to put the Sounds up 12-2.
Sounds starter Chris Smith left after six innings of work allowing just two runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out six and the outing was good enough for another quality start for Sounds pitching, the 14th in the month of May.
Muncy added the Sounds final run in the top of the ninth inning as his RBI single plated Joey Wendle to put the Sounds up 13-2.
The Sounds will now travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the Salt Lake Bees for a four-game series beginning on Friday night from Smith’s Ballpark. The Sounds will send right-hander Angel Castro (0-2, 5.91) and the Bees will counter with left-hander David Huff (1-1, 4.05). First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. 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