Papillion, NE – The Nashville Sounds clubbed three home runs including a grand slam from Joey Wendle on their way to a 13-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Saturday night at Werner Park.
The scoring was fast and furious for the Sounds who won for the 18th time in their last 20 games. They’re 34-21 overall and lead the American South Division by 4.5 games.
A base hit from Chad Pinder and walks issued to Renato Nunez and Andrew Lambo loaded the bases in the first for Rangel Ravelo. The first baseman made the walks hurt when he rifled a base hit up the middle to plate the first two runs of the game.They weren’t finished in the opening frame as Matt Olson drew a walk and Wendle plated his first run of the night on a base hit to right field. A throwing error on the play allowed Ravelo to score to make it 4-0 after a half inning.
Sounds’ starter Dillon Overton faced the minimum in the first before he ran into a problem in the second. Catcher Parker Morin cleared the bases with a two-out triple to the gap in right-center to cut the Sounds lead down to 4-3.
Wendle and the offense didn’t waste any time getting the runs back. Singles from Ryon Healy, Ravelo and Olson set the table for Wendle who launched a 2-0 pitch from John Lannan over the right field wall for a grand slam.
Matt McBride followed with a blast of his own to give the Sounds their second set of back-to-back home runs on the season.
Overton went back to work with a 9-3 lead and went into cruise control. He retired 13 of the next 15 hitters and tossed seven strong innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.
Andrew Lambo got in on the home run derby with a solo shot of his own in the fourth. It was Lambo’s fourth homer of the season and the third time the Sounds have hit three home runs in a game this year.
Nashville finished with 14 hits – their seventh consecutive game collecting at least 10 hits. Wendle led the charge with a 3-for-5 night, including five RBI and a pair of runs scored. Ravelo also collected three hits and scored twice.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Sunday afternoon at Werner Park. Right-hander Daniel Mengden (3-0, 1.12) starts for Nashville against left-hander Brian Flynn (2-1, 4.08) for Omaha. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05pm.
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