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Nashville Sounds blast Round Rock Express, 9-5

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds cranked out 16 hits in 9-5 win against the Express in front of a sellout crowd of 11,506 at First Tennessee Park Sunday night. Zack Granite had three hits for Nashville while Matt Davidson, Jett Bandy and Hunter Cole each hit two-run homers.

In the bottom of the first, Granite led off with a bunt-single and scored on a Scott Heineman double. Davidson hit Heineman in on a home run to give Nashville a 3-0 lead.

Kyle Tucker led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run for Round Rock to cut Nashville’s lead 3-1.

Nashville Sounds smash Three Home Runs and 16 Hits in Win over Round Rock Express Saturday night. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds smash Three Home Runs and 16 Hits in Win over Round Rock Express Saturday night. (Nashville Sounds)

The Sounds responded with two runs in the bottom-half when Heineman hit a sacrifice fly that scored Bandy and Eli White doubled to score Granite.

The score was 5-1 entering the fifth.

Bandy added two more runs for the Sounds in the bottom of the fifth when he hit a two-run homer to extend Nashville’s lead 7-1.

Round Rock scored four runs in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Yordan Alvarez and an RBI single by Drew Ferguson. Taylor Jones hit a two RBI single that put the Express down two runs at 7-5.

Cole put the cherry on top with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to put the Sounds up 9-5. That would be enough to hold off Round Rock.

Post-Game Notes

With today’s 9-5 win, the Sounds are now 20-29 on the season.

Nashville’s 16 hits were a season-high for the team.

Hunter Cole extended his season-long hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .525 (21-for-40) with 13 runs, three doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI in that span.

Davidson’s two-run homer in the first inning was his 16th on the season. He ranks tied-for-third among home run leaders in the Pacific Coast League.

With a win tonight, Phillips Valdez ended his losing streak of six games.

Tonight’s attendance of 11,506 is the ninth-largest crowd in First Tennessee Park history. It was the fifth sellout for Nashville this season and the 80th overall at First Tennessee Park.

2017 American League MVP and six-time All-Star Jose Altuve played in his first game of MLB Rehab for Round Rock, going 1-for-5 with a run and two strikeouts.

 

Next Up For Nashville Sounds

The Nashville Sounds and Round Rock Express will play a doubleheader during the day on Memorial Day, May 27th. Game one will continue a suspended contest from April 18th, which will start at 12:05pm in the bottom of the second inning with the score at 0-0. It will be a full nine-inning contest. Game two will be a seven-inning game and will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

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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