Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds closed their homestand with a 7-2 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes in front of a sellout crowd of 10,128 fans at First Tennessee Park Sunday afternoon.
Dustin Fowler led a balanced attack at the plate with a 3-for-4 game. The center fielder doubled and scored a run in the fourth, tripled and scored a run in the fifth, and blasted a two-run homer to give the Sounds a 7-2 lead in the seventh.
Franklin Barreto, Beau Taylor and Jorge Mateo also had multi-hit games for the Sounds. Fowler and Barreto got the scoring started in the fourth on back-to-back extra-base hits.
Fowler tripled to the gap in left-center and Barreto followed with a double to the right-center gap to make it 1-0. Josh Phegley added a sacrifice fly to give Nashville a 2-0 lead.
New Orleans came back with a pair of runs in the fifth to even the game at 2-2. Sounds’ starter Daniel Gossett battled control issues and walked six in 4 2/3 innings.
Jeremy Bleich relieved Gossett in the fifth and stranded the bases loaded. Bleich went on to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings and picked up his first win of the season.
Extra-base hits by Mateo and Fowler helped Nashville get the lead for good in the fifth. Mateo tripled, and Fowler doubled, and each scored to make it 4-2.
Four straight reached safely for the Sounds to start the bottom of the seventh. Steve Lombardozzi knocked in a run with a double down the left field line, and Fowler followed with a two-run blast into The Band Box.
The Sounds travel to Colorado Springs to begin a four-game series against the Sky Sox Monday night. Right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-0, 0.69) starts for Nashville against right-hander Corbin Burnes (1-0, 5.23) for Colorado Springs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40pm CST.
With today’s 7-2 win, the Sounds improved to 12-11 on the season.
The Sounds took three of five from the Baby Cakes and improved their home record to 8-4.
Today’s attendance of 10,128 is the third sellout of the season, and second in as many days. It’s the 58th sellout in First Tennessee Park history.
The triples by Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler today was the first time Nashville had at least two triples in a game this year.
Center fielder Dustin Fowler went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Fowler leads the Sounds with nine multi-hit games.
The 2018 season is the Sounds’ 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com