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Nashville Sounds late rally falls short at Omaha Storm Chasers

 

Daniel Mengden Suffers First Loss of 2016 Season

Nashville SoundsPapillion, NE – The Omaha Storm Chasers held off a late surge from the Nashville Sounds in a sloppy 6-4 win Sunday afternoon at Werner Park.

In a game that featured 12 walks, 3 hit batters and 2 errors, Omaha hung on to even the series after Nashville scored three runs in the ninth inning.

Trailing 6-1 going into the ninth, Renato Nunez started the rally with a solo homer to right-center field – his 11th blast of the season.

Ryon Healy followed with a double and was quickly brought in when Rangel Ravelo launched the second home run of the inning – this time a two-run shot to trim the deficit to 6-4.

Nashville Sounds fall 6-4 at Omaha Storm Chasers Sunday night

Nashville Sounds fall 6-4 at Omaha Storm Chasers Sunday night

That’s where it would end as Omaha hurler Andrew Edwards shut it down the rest of the way. He got Joey Wendle to bounce out to first and Matt McBride to pop out to end the game.

It was a slow moving game early as pitchers struggled to find any rhythm. Nashville’s Daniel Mengden labored through five innings and allowed two runs. The Sounds would end up using five pitchers while Omaha used four after starter Brian Flynn was finished after 2 2/3 innings.

It was 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Mengden clipped the jersey of Christian Colon with a pitch. Words were exchanged between the two before things settled. Moments later, Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-out, two-run homer to give the Storm Chasers a 2-0 lead.

Eduard Santos relieved Mengden after five and promptly issued three walks in the seventh. An RBI single by Ramon Torres and bases-clearing double by Colon busted the game open and gave Omaha a 6-1 lead.

The Sounds had a number of chances to put runs on the board but couldn’t cash in the opportunities. They left 13 runners on base and went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

In his 11th start of the season between Double-A Midland and Nashville, Mengden suffered his first loss. Matt Murray picked up the win in relief for Omaha.

Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Monday night at Werner Park. Left-hander Eric Surkamp (2-1, 3.91) starts for Nashville against right-hander Dillon Gee (0-0, 0.00) for Omaha. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.

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


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