Nashville, TN – A late-game rally featuring back-to-back home runs by the Nashville Sounds came up short Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium, allowing the Sacramento River Cats to win 6-5 over the home team.
Down 6-2 in the eighth, the Sounds jumped back in the game with Khris Davis’ two-run jack to left field that stayed just fair. The home run was the 25-year-old’s second of the game, cracking his first in the fourth inning. Davis becomes the second Sound this season to have a two-homer game, matching Hunter Morris’ effort from April 12th. Davis has six hits with the Sounds this season: three are homers.
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Outfielder Sean Halton, batting behind Davis, followed by lifting one of Mike Ekstrom’s pitches over the left field wall. It is the team’s first back-to-back home runs sequence of the season. Unfortunately for the Sounds, Halton’s round-tripper was the last of their runs.
Nashville had the initial 1-0 lead after Caleb Gindl hit a two-out home run to center field in the first inning, but the River Cats answered in the top of the second with a home run from Michael Choice. Andy Parrino found an RBI-single in the inning to give Sacramento a lead they would never relinquish.
Sounds starting pitcher Zach Kroenke (0-6) let in another run in the fourth on three singles to Sacramento hitters. Infielder Jermile Weeks had the final hit of the frame to score Jeremy Barfield. Kroenke took the loss, his sixth, after five innings of work, in which he allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and one strike out.
Reliever Donovan Hand also allowed three runs to the R-Cats, all coming with two outs in the eighth inning. Working his third inning with a runner on second, left fielder Scott Moore knocked an RBI-single to center field and was driven home by Jeremy Barfield’s homer to make it 6-2. Michael Olmsted allowed Sacramento one hit, pitching a scoreless ninth for Nashville.
Picking up the win for Sacramento was starter Andrew Werner (3-5), who held the Sounds to two runs on five hits across six innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Dan Otero picked up his ninth save for Sacramento.
With the loss, the Sounds saw two impressive streaks come to an end. Going 0-for-4, second baseman Scooter Gennett failed to reach base for the first time this season, concluding his PCL-best 29 consecutive games of reaching base. Stephen Parker, 0-for-2, wraps his career-best hit streak at 14 games, during which he went .302 (16-for-53).
The Sounds play game three against Sacramento Monday night at Greer Stadium. RHP R.J. Seidel (0-0, 4.50) will make his second start with the Sounds against the R-Cats RHP Bruce Billings (2-2, 7.20). Fans attending the 7:05pm game can enjoy $1 hot dogs at the concessions.
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