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San Antonio Missions slide past Nashville Sounds, 6-5

Nashville SoundsSan Antonio, TX – The Nashville Sounds lost a close one Tuesday night to the San Antonio Missions 6-5 at Nelson Wolff Stadium. San Antonio center fielder Trent Grisham hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Missions the win.

Grisham’s blast was off Nashville reliever Miguel Del Pozo and came with one out in the frame. It snapped a 5-5 tie in what was a back-and-forth game all night.

Neither team got length from their starting pitcher as Pedro Payano threw 79 pitches in 2 2/3 innings for the Sounds and Drew Smyly threw 83 pitches in 3 2/3 innings for the Missions. Payano allowed five earned runs and Smyly yielded four.

San Antonio Missions' Trent Grisham's Eighth Inning Homer Provides the Difference againt Nashville Sounds. (Nashville Sounds)
San Antonio Missions’ Trent Grisham’s Eighth Inning Homer Provides the Difference against Nashville Sounds. (Nashville Sounds)

The scoring started immediately in the first when San Antonio’s Nate Orf knocked in a pair of runs with a single to center field.

Patrick Wisdom’s first hit of the night trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second, but the Missions came back with a run of their own to extend the lead to 3-1. The same happened in the third when Matt Davidson’s RBI fielder’s choice netted Nashville a run, but San Antonio’s Lucas Erceg drilled a two-run homer off Payano to make it a 5-2 game.

In the fourth, Juremi Profar had an RBI double and Eli White came through with a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to one run at 5-4.

Relievers Tim Dillard and Kyle Dowdy kept the Sounds in it while the offense chipped away. The two bullpen arms tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the game close. Zack Granite’s RBI double plated Jett Bandy in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6.

It stayed that way until Grisham’s homer off a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the eighth gave San Antonio the lead.

Post-Game Notes

With tonight’s 6-5 loss, the Sounds dropped to 40-55 on the season.

Patrick Wisdom had two more hits for Nashville and is hitting .306 (11-for-36) in nine games in the month of July.

Zack Granite swiped his 17th base of the season and is now tied for seventh-most in the Pacific Coast League.

Eli White went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to six games.

Next Up For Nashville Sounds

Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Wednesday night in San Antonio. Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 3.68) starts for Nashville against right-hander Aaron Wilkerson (6-1, 2.72) for San Antonio. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

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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