Nashville, TN – Franklin Barreto’s RBI triple scored Josh Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nashville Sounds a 6-5 walk-off win over the Iowa Cubs in front of 8,002 fans Thursday night at First Tennessee Park.
With the game tied 5-5 going to the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez lined a base hit up the middle to start the rally against Iowa reliever Gerardo Concepcion. After a failed bunt attempt, the 20-year-old Barreto lined a 0-2 pitch to the gap in right-center. Rodriguez raced around from first to score the winning run.The Sounds finished the regular season with a home record of 36-36 and improved their overall mark to 83-57. The 83 wins are tied for fifth-most in Sounds history.
The 8,002 fans brought the 2016 regular season attendance to 504,060 – the second consecutive season the Sounds have had 500,000+ through the gates of First Tennessee Park. It’s the first time the franchise has hit those numbers in consecutive seasons since 1982 and 1983.
Both starters – Jharel Cotton for Nashville and Stephen Fife for Iowa – pitched well in the early part of the game. Cotton tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the Sounds and Fife threw four shutout frames for the Cubs.
The Sounds got on the board first when they plated four runs in the sixth. Colin Walsh’s two-run double gave Nashville a 2-0 lead and Bryan Anderson’s two-run triple extended the advantage to 4-0.
Iowa bounced back as the Sounds’ bullpen faltered. The Cubs got two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to even the game at 4-4. Bobby Wahl and Ryan Brasier allowed the four runs and combined to issue six walks in two innings.
Nashville took a 5-4 lead in the eighth when Iowa’s Lane Adams dropped a fly ball with two outs allowing Walsh to race around from first.
Iowa got the run back in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Logan Watkins.
It set up the 11th walk-off win of the season for Nashville and the first game-winner for Barreto who was playing in his second game since being promoted from Double-A Midland.
Barreto went 3-for-5 and Walsh went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored.
The Sounds travel to New Orleans for the final four-game series of the regular season scheduled to begin Friday night at Zephyrs Park. Left-hander Dillon Overton (13-5, 3.29) starts for the Sounds. New Orleans has not announced a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm.
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
he 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate.