El Paso, TX – Matt Olson drilled a three-run homer in the eighth and the Sounds scored seven runs over the final two innings to run away with an 11-4 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night at Southwest University Park.
The two teams had gone back-and-forth before Olson launched his tie-breaking three-run blast off Daniel Moskos to give the Sounds a 7-4 lead in the eighth. The long ball was the 10th of the season for Olson and second in as many games.
Although Moskos’ night was finished after the homer, the Sounds weren’t done scoring in the inning. Michael Dimock came in and retired Bruce Maxwell before allowing three straight hits.Arismendy Alcantara reached on an infield single, swiped second base, and then scored on Jaycob Brugman’s double to right field. It was the fourth hit of the night for Brugman who singled in three earlier trips to the dish.
Chad Pinder followed Brugman’s double with one of his own to extend the lead to 9-4. Pinder and Brugman were two of five Sounds to have multi-hit games.
Reliever Ryan Brasier made quick work of the Chihuahuas in the eighth. He retired Austin Hedges on a pop up to start the inning before striking out Hector Sanchez and Jabari Blash in consecutive at bats.
For good measure, Nashville tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth with three more hits. Rangel Ravelo and Olson collected one-out singles to put a pair of runners on for Maxwell who drew a walk to load the bases.
Alcantara, who went 3-for-6 with three RBI, delivered Ravelo and Olson with a base hit up the middle to extend the lead to 11-4.
J.B. Wendelken worked the ninth with no problems to close out the win. Starter Jesse Hahn went six innings and turned in his second straight quality start.
In the first two games of the series, the Sounds have outscored the Chihuahuas, 24-7, and have collected a whopping 36 hits. Nashville has won 17 of the 18 games they’ve played against the Pacific Conference this season.
Olson finished the night 3-for-4 with 4 RBI, and Maxwell drilled his sixth homer of the season in the fifth – his second in as many games as well. Ravelo went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Saturday night at Southwest University Park. Right-hander Chris Smith (5-7, 4.22) starts for Nashville against right-hander Daniel McCutchen (8-5, 5.38). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm CST.
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