It was a rare misstep for the Sounds who lost for just the second time in 12 games to fall to 82-57. The Sounds’ regular season home finale is scheduled for Thursday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Cubs got on the board in the first inning with a pair of runs and never looked back. Matt Murton started the scoring when he drew a bases loaded walk off starter Jesse Hahn to make it 1-0. Logan Watkins followed with a sacrifice fly and Iowa was out to a 2-0 lead.
Nashville’s Matt Chapman cut the lead in half when he launched a solo homer to left field in the bottom half of the first. It was Chapman’s fourth home run since being promoted to Nashville and 33rd of the season between the Sounds and Double-A Midland.
The 2-1 deficit is as close as it would get the rest of the day. Iowa added a pair of runs in the third, and three in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-1.
Hahn was finished after just 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits and suffered his seventh loss of the season.
Iowa tacked on two runs in the sixth and another run in the seventh to extend the lead to 10-1 through seven.
It was more than enough offense for Cubs’ starter Jordan Pries who limited the Sounds to one run on three hits in seven innings. He didn’t walk anybody and struck out seven in the win.
Going into Wednesday’s matinee, the Sounds were 23-2 in games decided by 6+ runs.
Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0-for-4 in his Sounds and Triple-A debut. The top prospect in the Oakland A’s organization, according to MLB Pipeline, was transferred to Nashville prior to the game.
The series finale between the two teams is scheduled for Thursday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Jharel Cotton (11-6, 4.50) starts for the Sounds. The Cubs have not announced a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
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