Nashville, TN – Bryan Anderson clubbed a grand slam and Daniel Mengden tossed five scoreless innings to lead the Nashville Sounds to a convincing 10-0 win over the Reno Aces in front of a sellout crowd of 10,073 Friday night at First Tennessee Park.
The seventh inning slam for Anderson was his second home run of the season and the first grand slam by a Sounds (69-51) player at First Tennessee Park. It came after singles by Matt Olson, Renato Nunez and Matt McBride.In his 10th start with Nashville, Mengden continued to dazzle. After a first inning jam he worked out of with back-to-back strikeouts, the right-hander faced two over the minimum. He dropped his ERA to 1.34 and improved to 6-1.
His teammates gave him some early run support to work with. With two on and two out in the bottom of the first, Renato Nunez sent a single up the middle to score a pair and make it 2-0.
They added another run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Jaycob Brugman. After Olson singled to start the third, Joey Wendle blasted his 11th home run of the season – a deep drive to right-center to extend the lead to 5-0.
Arismendy Alcantara tripled in the sixth and scored on base hit by Brugman to add on to the lead.
Angel Castro came on for Mengden after five and pitched well in relief. The veteran tossed four scoreless innings and limited the Aces to just two hits. He picked up his second save of the season in the process.
After the first, Reno did not put a base runner past second base. Ildamaro Vargas reached second in the fifth after an error but Mengden worked around it. Zach Borenstein reached second in the ninth but Castro worked around him to close it out.
The shutout by the two hurlers is the eighth of the season for the Sounds, and fifth over the last 16 games.
Nashville out-hit Reno, 12-4, and got multi-hit games from Olson, Nunez, McBride and Anderson.
The division lead remains at 10.5 games for the Sounds after Memphis won over Tacoma. The magic number to clinch a spot in the Pacific Coast League Playoffs is 14.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Saturday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Raul Alcantara (3-0, 0.70) starts for the Sounds against left-hander Anthony Banda (4-3, 4.27) for the Aces. 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