Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds hit three home runs including one from Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick in a 9-4 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers in front of 7,562 fans Sunday night at First Tennessee Park.
Bruce Maxwell added a solo blast and Renato Nunez launched a two-run shot to help Nashville (45-33) bust out of an offensive slump.
Aaron Kurcz set the tone in a spot start for the Sounds as he retired the first six batters he faced. He went on to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The bullpen combination of Ryan Brasier, J.B. Wendelken and Andrew Triggs went the rest of the way in the win.Nashville started the scoring in the third and never looked back. Maxwell hit the first home run of the night to right-center off Omaha (32-43) starter Christian Binford.
Reddick got in on the act in the fourth when he started the inning with a solo smash of his own to extend the lead to 2-0. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.
Omaha got on board in the sixth with a single tally but a four-run bottom half of the inning gave the Sounds control the rest of the way.
The first five batters of the inning reached as Chad Pinder, Joey Wendle, Nunez and Maxwell all had hits in the frame. Nunez, Matt Olson and Maxwell all had an RBI in the inning.
Jorge Bonifacio drilled a two-run homer for the Storm Chasers to pull within 6-3 in the top of the seventh. But again, Nashville answered with more runs of their own.
Doubles from Reddick and Ryon Healy gave the Sounds a 7-3 lead before Nunez delivered the final blow of the night with his two-run blast to left field. It’s the team-leading 12th home run of the season for Nunez who drove in three runs to up his RBI total to 44.
Brasier went 2 1/3 innings and earned the win in relief. Wendelken allowed the homer to Bonifacio but worked two frames before handing off to Triggs who tossed a scoreless ninth.
Game three of the four-game series is set for Monday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Chris Jensen (0-2, 5.25) starts for the Sounds against left-hander John Lannan (5-7, 5.27) for the Storm Chasers. 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