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Nashville Sounds get 8-4 road win over Oklahoma City Dodgers

 

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Nashville SoundsOklahoma City, OK – Nick Martini flexed his muscles with a pair of home runs to lead the Nashville Sounds past the Oklahoma City Dodgers 8-4 Saturday night. Jake Smolinski’s four-hit night and Kendall Graveman’s efficient pitching aided the Sounds as well.

Martini got the third inning started by pulling a solo blast over the right field fence to give Nashville a 2-0 advantage. He then showed off his power with an opposite field three-run shot in the sixth that pushed the Sounds’ advantage to 8-2. He became the fourth Sounds player this season to homer twice in a game.

Nashville Sounds First Baseman Nick Martini Records His Second Career Multi-Home Run Game. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds First Baseman Nick Martini Records His Second Career Multi-Home Run Game. (Nashville Sounds)

Despite allowing nine hits, Graveman was effective. The nine hits were all singles and scattered throughout the right-hander’s six innings of work. He kept the ball down all night long as he induced ten groundouts including three double plays.

A sacrifice fly from Steve Lombardozzi in the second inning put Nashville out in front. The Sounds scored three runs in the third on Martini’s home run, an RBI double from Jake Smolinksi, and a run-scoring single from Dustin Garneau. For Garneau it was his fifth straight game with an RBI.

Oklahoma City got a run back in the bottom of the third but the Sounds quickly pushed the lead back to four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Sheldon Neuse singled to right field and advanced to third as the ball skipped past right fielder Henry Ramos. Jorge Mateo drove in Neuse with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Jake Sanchez replaced Graveman after six innings and promptly walked Rocky Gale, the first batter he faced. The walk proved costly as Gale scored the first of two runs in the frame for Oklahoma City. J.B. Wendelken tossed the final two innings for the Sounds and shut the door on the Dodgers. He struck out three in his two shutout frames.

The Sounds and Dodgers continue the four-game series Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Right-hander James Naile (4-3, 3.55) starts for Nashville against right-hander Dennis Santana (0-0, –) for Oklahoma City. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Post-Game Notes

With tonight’s 8-4 win, the Sounds improved to 21-19 on the season.    

Nick Martini extended his consecutive on-base streak to 28 games when he homered to lead off the third inning. Since April 14th, Martini has reached safely in every game he has played in.

Sheldon Neuse has now struck out in 19 consecutive games. He has had a plate appearance in 37 games and has struck out at least once in 34 of them.

With his RBI single in the third inning, Dustin Garneau has now driven in a run in each of his last five games. No other Sounds player has had a streak of more than three games.

Nick Martini became the fourth Sounds player to homer twice in a game this season.

Jake Smolinski became the fourth Sounds player this season to collect four hits in a game. Nick Martini, Jorge Mateo, and Dustin Fowler are the others.

 

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


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