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Nashville Sounds get key hit from Billy Burns to beat Omaha Storm Chasers 6-5

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Nashville’s Billy Burns delivered a clutch two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Sounds to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Sunday night in front of 5,720 fans at First Tennessee Park.

The base hit by Burns came just moments after a costly two-out error by Omaha’s second baseman Orlando Calixte. With Joey Wendle at second and Rangel Ravelo at first, Bryan Anderson hit a slow roller to Calixte who bobbled the ball allowing all runners to be safe.

Outfielder Billy Burns Goes 4-for-5 as Nashville Sounds Get Back to 10 Over .500
Outfielder Billy Burns Goes 4-for-5 as Nashville Sounds Get Back to 10 Over .500

On a 2-2 pitch from Malcom Culver with the Sounds (56-46) trailing 5-4, Burns sent one through the right side to score Wendle and Ravelo to give Nashville the 6-5 lead.

For the second consecutive night, both teams put up runs in the later innings and blew multiple leads.

Both starters were solid for their teams as Christian Binford went six innings for Omaha (44-56) and Dillon Overton went seven for Nashville.

Trailing 2-1, Matt Olson clubbed a double to start the bottom of the sixth for Nashville. After a base hit by Renato Nunez, Colin Walsh bounced into a 3-6-3 double play but it scored Olson to level the game at 2-2.

In the last of the seventh, the Sounds collected four straight one-out hits to take a 4-2 lead. Jaycob Brugman delivered the big blow with a two-run double to the right-center gap.

The lead didn’t hold, however, as Omaha plated three runs in the top of the eighth. Overton started the frame and allowed three hits before being lifted in favor of Tucker Healy.

With a 4-3 lead, Healy unleashed a wild pitch with a runner at third to allow the Storm Chasers to tie it. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a sacrifice fly to put Omaha in front with a 5-4 lead.

Like Nashville’s prior lead, Omaha’s didn’t last as Burns came through with the two-out base hit. He finished the night 4-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Patrick Schuster worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his sixth save of the season. Healy earned his fifth win of the season and Culver was tagged with the loss.

The series finale is set for Monday night at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Ross Detwiler (1-0, 1.80) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Alec Mills (3-1, 3.71) 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


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