Sounds Pitchers Strand Seven Bees Runners In Scoring Position
Salt Lake City, NV – The Nashville Sounds got a clutch RBI double from Renato Nunez scoring Chad Pinder for the go ahead run in the top of the eighth. The Sounds took game one in the four-game series 3-2 at Smith’s Ballpark Friday night in Salt Lake.
Jaycob Brugman led off the game with a double to right center field to put a runner in scoring position right from the start. Brugman then scored on a ground out by Max Muncy to put the Sounds up 1-0 after the first inning.
The Sounds scored again in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly to center by Brugman to score Joey Wendle from third to take a 2-0 lead.Salt Lake answered with two runs in the bottom half of the third to tie the game at 2 apiece.
Salt Lake short stop Ryan Jackson doubled to left field to start the inning and later scored on a Ji-Man Choi ground out. Jefrey Marte then hit a solo home run to left field to tie the game at 2-2 after three.
Sounds starter Angel Castro pitched well in his second start of the season for Nashville. The right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits and racked up six strikeouts.
The game was a stale mate from the fourth through top of the eighth inning as both teams struggled to get the necessary hits to break the 2-2 tie. Between Castro and Sounds relievers Daniel Coulombe and Ryan Brasier, the Sounds pitchers stranded seven Bees runners in scoring position in the game.
The Sounds broke through in the top of the eighth inning when Renato Nunez scored Chad Pinder on an RBI double down the right field line to put the Sounds up 3-2.
Ryan Brasier shut the door the final three innings to record his third win of the season. The right-hander gave up just one hit and struck out two in the Sounds 3-2 win.
The series continues Saturday night at Smith’s Ballpark with left-hander Dillon Overton (3-4, 4.03) starts for the Sounds and left-hander Nate Smith (3-1, 3.47) gets the start for Salt Lake. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35pm 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