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Nashville Sounds lose 4-1 to Oklahoma City Dodgers at First Tennessee Park

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The largest crowd in First Tennessee Park history of 11,759 fans watched the Oklahoma City Dodgers finish off a four-game sweep of the Nashville Sounds with a 4-1 win Sunday night.

It’s the first time the Sounds (47-37) have been swept in nearly a calendar year. The last time was August 15th-18th of last season when the El Paso Chihuahuas came into First Tennessee Park and won four straight.

Both starters were locked in early and didn’t allow any runs. Zach Neal, working in his first game since being optioned from Oakland, worked four shutout innings after being used primarily out of the bullpen by the A’s.

Nashville Sounds get Swept for First Time Since August of 2015
Nashville Sounds get Swept for First Time Since August of 2015

Ross Striping, who is making his way back from injury for the Dodgers, went 3 2/3 scoreless innings of his own. Neither starter factored into the decision.

The game changed when Neal was lifted after four. Oklahoma City quickly put a pair of runs on the board in the fifth against Chris Jensen. Cole Figeroa plated the first run with a triple to the gap in right-center. With Figeroa leading off third, Jensen balked to force him in with the second run of the game.

Nashville got one run back in the sixth but could have had more if not for a running catch by Andrew Toles in right field.

Carson Blair led off the frame with a walk and moved to second on Jaycob Brugman’s single to right-center. After Arismendy Alcantara moved both runners up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt, Oklahoma City turned to reliever Sam LeCure.

Max Muncy sent a line drive to the gap in right-center that Toles ran down to save a run and extra bases. The sacrifice fly scored Blair to trim the deficit in half at 2-1.

It stayed 2-1 until the Dodgers (46-36) got two big insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Corey Brown drilled the right field foul pole for a solo home run, and Micah Johnson drove in the other run with a double to left-center.

Jacob Rhame came in for the ninth and retired the Sounds in order to notch his fifth save of the season.

Carlos Frias earned the win in relief and Jensen was tagged with the loss.

The Sounds head to the Memphis Redbirds for a three-game series set to begin Monday night. Right-hander Chris Smith (5-6, 4.18) starts for Nashville against right-hander Alex Reyes (2-1, 4.93) for Memphis. 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


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