Former Nashville Sound Irving Falu Drives in Three Runs for Omaha
Nashville, TN – The Omaha Storm Chasers spoiled the party by beating the Nashville Sounds, 4-2, in front of 11,684 fans Saturday night at First Tennessee Park. It’s the largest crowd in ballpark history and the eighth sellout of the 2016 season.
The Storm Chasers got on the board immediately when Reymond Fuentes and Ramon Torres started the game with back-to-back singles. Hunter Dozier brought in the first run of the night with a sacrifice fly.
Nashville bounced right back in the second with the help of Omaha’s shaky defense.Matt McBride extended his hitting streak to eight games with a one-out double down the left field line to get into scoring position.
He came around to score when Omaha shortstop Ramon Torres threw away a ground ball hit by Rangel Ravelo.
It remained 1-1 until the fifth inning as both starters settled in. In desperate need of a long outing from a starter, Angel Castro pitched into the seventh for the Sounds.
Irving Falu’s big night started in the fifth when he doubled to the gap in left-center to bring in a pair of runs to extend Omaha’s lead to 3-1.
Falu was at it again in the seventh when he clubbed another run-scoring double to make it 4-1. Both extra-base hits came with two outs for the former Sound.
Kris Medlen went 4 2/3 innings in a Major League rehab assignment before handing the game over to the Omaha bullpen.
Nashville got to the bullpen in the seventh – again with the help of Omaha’s defense. Joey Wendle reached on an error to start the frame and came around to score on a base hit by Ravelo.
From there, the Sounds had opportunities to score but couldn’t come through with runners on base. Despite putting multiple runners on base in each of the final three innings, they went just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Castro was tagged with the loss and Benino Pruneda earned the win after tossing 1 2/3 innings in relief.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Sunday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Christian Binford (1-5, 5.49) starts for Omaha and Nashville has not announced a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
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