Nashville, TN – Reno starter Matt Koch quieted the Nashville Sounds offense in the Aces’ 6-3 win in front of 7,153 fans Sunday night at First Tennessee Park.
The right-hander worked seven strong innings to give the Aces (64-58) their first win of the four-game series. He allowed three runs on nine hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out five.
Todd Glaesmann started the scoring in the top of the second when he belted a solo homer off Nashville’s Chris Jensen to give Reno a 1-0 lead.
Nashville (70-52) answered back with a solo blast of their own as Matt Olson drilled an opposite field solo smash for his 13th long ball of the season.
It looked like the Sounds were going to break it open against Koch in the third when they started the inning with three straight singles. Koch limited the damage to just one run when he got Olson to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play, and then retired Matt McBride on a groundout to end the inning with a 2-1 deficit.
Reno got to Jensen in the fourth when Peter O’Brien and Ed Lucas worked back-to-back walks to start the inning. Jack Reinheimer followed with an infield single to load the bases. Jensen struck out Glaesmann but a run scored on Kevin Medrano’s RBI groundout, and two came in when Dan Rohlfing plated a pair with a single up the middle.
The Aces extended their lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the sixth. Medrano walked and came around to score and Ildamaro Vargas reached on an error and later scored.
Nashville cut into the lead in the seventh when Bryan Anderson and Arismendy Alcantara came up with back-to-back doubles to cut the deficit to 6-3.
That’s as close as they’d get as Silvino Bracho tossed a zero in the eighth and Jimmy Sherfy retired the side in order in the ninth.
Renato Nunez extended his hitting streak to 12 games in the loss with a 2-for-4 night. Alcantara had a two-hit night as well for the Sounds.
Even with the loss, the Sounds have a double digit game lead in the American Southern Division with 22 to play.
The series concludes with the finale Monday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Jharel Cotton (10-5, 4.33) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Shelby Miller (3-1, 3.82) 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