Papillin, NB – The Nashville Sounds got four hits from Joey Wendle and scored seven runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 12-3 rout of the Omaha Storm Chasers Monday night at Werner Park.
The big win, coupled with New Orleans’ loss, has lowered the Sounds’ magic number to five. At 75-55, Nashville is 20 games over .500, the high-water mark of the season. The win was Nashville’s 42nd of the season on the road – a PCL-era best for the Sounds.
Wendle’s four hits matched a season high, and the Sounds got three hits from Rangel Ravelo and Josh Rodriguez while Matt Chapman homered and Jaycob Brugman belted his second three-run homer in as many days.Chapman got the scoring started when he drilled his first Triple-A homer, a solo shot into the left field seats to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead. Chapman hit 29 homers with Double-A Midland before joining the Sounds on August 17th.
Wendle tripled and Ravelo drove him in with a single to right-center to extend the lead to 2-0 after two innings.
The Sounds broke the game open with a huge fourth inning. Chapman started the inning with a walk, and Wendle followed with an RBI double down the right field line. Bryan Anderson added an RBI double two batters later to give the Sounds a 4-0 lead.
After Rodriguez walked, Brugman crushed a pitch from Andrew Edwards into the left field seats for an opposite-field three-run homer. He finished 2-for-5 with 4 RBI on the night and has 10 RBI in the first three games of the series.
The inning continued and Wendle clubbed his second double of the frame, driving in another two runs to extend the lead to 9-0.
Omaha eventually got on the board with a single run in the sixth. It’s all they would get against Dillon Overton as the left-hander limited the Storm Chasers to one run on five hits in six innings. He picked up his team-leading 12th win of the season.
Nashville added runs in the seventh and ninth innings and cruised to their third straight win. They go for the series sweep Tuesday afternoon.
The series finale is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Werner Park. Right-hander Daniel Mengden (6-2, 1.79) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Kris Medlen (0-1, 6.14) for the Storm Chasers. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05pm.
Tickets for the 2016 Pacific Coast League playoff dates at First Tennessee Park are now available for purchase at the Nashville Sounds box office and online at www.nashvillesounds.com
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate.