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Nashville Sounds win one, lose one at Iowa Cubs

Nashville SoundsDes Moines, IA – On Saturday, April 28th, the Nashville Sounds and Iowa Cubs split their doubleheader at Principal Park on Sunday afternoon after getting off to a late start due to cold and rain. Matt Davidson, who homered in each game of the twinbill, hit back-to-back home runs with Eli White to fuel the Sounds to a 7-3 win in Game 1, and Iowa got revenge by throttling the Sounds 19-5 in Game 2.

The Sounds never trailed in Game 1 and had three separate innings where they started a rally with two outs and the bases empty.

Nashville Sounds' Eli White, Jose Trevino and Matt Davidson combine for seven hits, six RBIs in Game 1 win against Iowa Cubs. (Nashville Sounds)
Nashville Sounds’ Eli White, Jose Trevino and Matt Davidson combine for seven hits, six RBIs in Game 1 win against Iowa Cubs. (Nashville Sounds)

White and Jose Trevino ripped run-scoring doubles in the third, Trevino smashed a two-run double in the fifth to make it 4-0, and Zack Granite doubled and scored on an error in the sixth for a 5-0 lead.

Wes Benjamin worked 5 2/3 innings in the win and gave up his only runs in the sixth on a three-run homer by Ian Happ. Then the Sounds responded with back-to-back blasts in the seventh from White and Davidson for the 7-3 final. 

Davidson’s second homer of the day came in the top of the first inning in Game 2 and provided a quick 2-0 lead, but Iowa erased that with 15 runs – including two grand slams – in the bottom of the first inning for a 15-2 rout. They sent 18 batters to the plate, and at one point 11 hitters in a row reached safely.

Starter Ronald Herrera gave up five runs, Jarret Martin yielded eight, and Yoel Espinal allowed two in the long opening frame. The Sounds ended up walking a franchise-record 15 batters in the contest. Jett Bandy sparked the offense late in Game 2 with a run-scoring double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth in a 19-5 final.

Nashville Sounds Post-Game Notes

The Sounds’ 15 walks in Game 2 set a single-game franchise record (14 on 8/15/87 vs. Denver).

Matt Davidson hit four home runs in the five-game series and has eight on the year.

Eli White went 6-for-14 in the series and owns a nine-game hitting streak.

Friday’s win combined with Sunday’s Game 1 win marked the first time this season the Sounds won consecutive games

Next Up For Nashville Sounds

The Sounds return home to First Tennessee Park on Monday night to open a four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers and an eight-game homestand. Richelson Pena (1-3, 5.25) is scheduled to oppose Zach Lovorn (1-0, 11.45). First pitch is set for 6:35pm.

The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com


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