Papillion, NE – The Nashville Sounds rolled to another big win Tuesday afternoon by crushing three home runs in a 13-4 rout of the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park.
Nashville took three of four against Omaha and have won six consecutive series dating back to May 14th. During the six-series stretch, the Sounds have a record of 20-3. Overall, they’re 36-22, the best record in all of Triple-A baseball.
Four big innings and a solid performance from starter Chris Smith contributed to the series-clinching win. The Sounds plated five runs in the third, three runs in the sixth and eighth innings, and another two runs in the ninth.Omaha held a brief 1-0 lead before the five-run outburst in the third. The big hit came from Andrew Lambo who roped a two-run triple down the right field line to give Nashville a 5-1 lead.
It remained 5-1 until the sixth when four hits brought in three more runs. Matt Olson and Matt McBride singled to put a pair of runners on for Jaycob Brugman who lined a double to right field to score both runners. Moments later, a base hit by Renato Nunez scored Brugman to extend the lead to 8-1.
The Storm Chasers got single tallies in the sixth and seventh against Smith. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Sounds have now won five consecutive games in which he has started.
The offense kept on coming for Nashville. The eighth started with McBride being hit by a pitch from Matt Murray.
Three pitches later, Brugman launched a two-run homer to right field to make it a 10-3 game. Murray bounced back by retiring the next two batters, but couldn’t do the same against Ryon Healy. The first baseman drilled a 1-0 pitch from Murray over the left-center wall for a solo blast to build the lead to 11-3.
McBride capped his huge day at the plate with the Sounds’ third home run of the day, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth to close the scoring at 13-4. The catcher finished 4-for-4 with four runs scored.
Brugman’s two hits brought in four runs, and Healy finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Every Sound in the lineup had a hit or knocked in a run.
The team has an off day Wednesday before beginning a five-game, four-day series in Oklahoma City on Thursday. The two teams will play a doubleheader to start the series with game one set to begin at 4:35pm Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
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