Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds beat the Salt Lake bees 5-4 in from of 11,622 fans at First Tennessee Park Saturday night. Matt Davidson hit his 200th career home run as a professional to lead the Sounds’ offense.
Eight batters came to the plate for Nashville in the bottom of the first inning. Carlos Tocci led off with a double and would be hit in on an Andy Ibanez single. Willie Calhoun would score on a wild pitch to score the second run. The Sounds would leave the bases loaded but took a 2-0 lead into the second inning.
A run was scored by the Bees in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Taylor Ward walked to score Jarrett Parker and cut the Nashville lead 2-1.
That would be it for Nashville starter Wes Benjamin to make him the pitcher of record, going 5.0 innings and allowed that one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five batters.
Davidson’s homer came in the bottom of fifth with Calhoun on base. With one out and on a 2-2 count, Davidson crushed the ball over the left field fence for number 200 of his career. It was 4-1, Sounds into the sixth inning.
Nashville scored another run in the bottom of the sixth. Franklin Rollin reached on an infield single and subsequently stole second base. Tocci dropped a single into left field that scored Rollin to make it 5-1, Sounds.
Taylor Guerrieri followed Benjamin and threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out four hitters. Zac Curtis allowed a solo home run to Michael Hermosillo in the eighth inning, but Josh Fields came in to close out the eighth.
Salt Lake scored two more runs in the top of the ninth but couldn’t complete a comeback as Nashville won 5-4.
With tonight’s 5-4 win, the Sounds improved to 28-40 on the season.
In his last two appearances, Wes Benjamin is 1-0 with a save, allowing one earned run in nine innings pitched. He’s given up six hits and seven walks to nine strikeouts.
Josh Fields earned his third save of the season with Nashville, his sixth total in the Pacific Coast League.
Carlos Tocci was the only Nashville hitter to record a multi-hit game. It was his 16th multi-hit affair of the season, ranking him third on the Sounds behind Zack Granite’s 18 and Andy Ibanez’ 17.
Next Up For Nashville Sounds
Sunday’s game starts at 2:05pm, where Nashville right-hander Pedro Payano (0-1, 4.26) will go up against Salt Lake left-hander Patrick Sandoval (2-2, 5.18).
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