Round Rock, TX – Hanser Alberto drove in five runs to lead the Round Rock Express to convincing 13-2 win over the Nashville Sounds Monday night at The Dell Diamond.
The 11-run loss is the most lopsided defeat suffered by the Sounds since Sacramento clubbed Nashville, 20-1, on August 25th, 2014.
After the Sounds (67-50) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after their third time up, Round Rock’s (56-61) offense erupted for three in the third, four in the fourth, three in the fifth and another three runs in the sixth.The night started in a positive manner for Nashville as the second batter of the game, Jaycob Brugman, sparked a rally with a base hit up the middle. He scored three batters later when Rangel Ravelo delivered a run-scoring base hit with two outs.
More two-out hitting netted the Sounds another run in the third. Renato Nunez launched a solo homer to make it 2-0. It’s the team-leading 19th homer of the season for Nunez.
Things turned sour for Chris Jensen and the Sounds in a hurry in the bottom of the third. Joey Gallo lined a double off the wall in right field to get the Express on the board.
With Brett Nicholas at third and Gallo at second, Jared Hoying hit a bouncer to Ravelo at first. After a pause, Ravelo tried to flip the ball back to first and was wide of the bag. Both runners scored on the error to give Round Rock a 3-2 lead.
Alberto’s big night started the next inning when he cleared the bases with a three-run double down the left field line. He followed with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Round Rock opened a 10-3 lead after five innings and extended the advantage with three doubles in the sixth.
Jensen was charged with seven runs (four earned) in four innings and suffered the loss. Eduard Santos allowed five runs in just 1 1/3 innings in relief.
One bright spot for the Sounds was the two scoreless innings Bobby Wahl tossed in his Triple-A debut.
Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Tuesday night in Round Rock. Right-hander Jharel Cotton (9-5, 4.70) starts for the Sounds against left-hander Yohander Mendez (2-0, 0.00) for the Express. 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