Oklahoma City, OK – The Nashville Sounds used a 4-1 win in game two of a doubleheader to earn a split with the Oklahoma City Dodgers Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Four relievers combined to limit Oklahoma City to just one run on four hits in the game two win. Eduard Santos made a spot start and worked three innings before R.J. Alvarez, Andrew Triggs and Patrick Schuster finished the job.
O’Koyea Dickson’s solo homer in the second got the Dodgers on the board first, but the lead didn’t last long. Rangel Ravelo started the third with a single and came around to score on a Jaycob Brugman’s sacrifice fly to even the game at 1-1.Brugman gave the Sounds (37-23) the lead for good when he delivered a two-out, run-scoring single in the fifth.
They tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 4-1. Matt McBride doubled down the left field line to score Colin Walsh, and Chad Pinder drove in McBride with a sharp single up the middle. McBride is 6-for-6 with a walk and a hit by pitch over his last eight plate appearances.
Alvarez pitched 1 2/3 innings and picked up the win in his first MLB rehab game with the Sounds. Triggs bridged the gap between Alvarez and Schuster who worked a scoreless seventh to earn his fifth save.
In game one, the Sounds jumped out to an early lead in game one of the doubleheader but couldn’t hold on. Ryon Healy continued his hot hitting with a solo homer with two outs in the top of the second to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.
Joey Wendle lined a double to right field to get into scoring position for Walsh who collected his first RBI with the Sounds by sending a base hit to left, scoring Wendle to make it 2-0.
Dodgers’ (30-28) right fielder Corey Brown got started on his big game by cutting Nashville’s lead in half with one swing of the bat. He launched a solo homer off Angel Castro in the home half of the second.
Four hits and a costly error allowed Oklahoma City to plate three runs in the third. Antoan Richardson, Micah Johnson, Zach Walters and Rob Segedin produced the hits. Castro got the second out of the inning by getting Brown to line to first, but Healy fired the ball into left field trying to double up the runner at second. It allowed the third run of the inning to score and give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.
Healy and Walsh produced another run in the sixth when Healy drilled a one-out double into the right-center gap. Walsh came through with a two-out, RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Game three of the five-game set is scheduled for Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Left-hander Dillon Overton (5-4, 3.98) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Zach Lee (6-4, 4.65) for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled 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