Nashville, TN – Scooter Gennett belted his first home run of the year and Sean Halton smacked a grand slam to power the Nashville Sounds to a 6-1 win over the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium.
Chris Narveson made the first start of his rehabilitation assignment with Nashville as he recovers from a sprained middle finger on his pitching hand. The southpaw worked two scoreless frames, allowing a game-opening single before retiring his next six batters faced. He threw 12 of his 22 pitches for strikes.
Chris Narveson-Nashville Sounds-photo by Michael Strasinger Nashville Sounds
The Sounds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. After Josh Prince drew a leadoff walk from Iowa starter Brooks Raley, he raced all the way home from first on Stephen Parker’s RBI double to right.
Gennett (3-for-5) doubled the home team’s advantage to 2-0 in the third when he belted his first home run of the season, a leadoff solo shot to right off Raley.
R.J. Seidel (1-2) followed Narveson to the hill for the Sounds and turned in a stellar outing to earn his first career Triple-A victory. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits over 5 2/3 frames while striking out five.
Raley (4-4) took a quality-start loss for the I-Cubs. The southpaw allowed two runs on six hits over six innings of work.
Halton gave the Sounds some breathing room in the seventh when he crushed a grand slam to left off Cubs reliever Marcus Hatley. The bases-loaded jack was the outfielder’s fifth roundtripper of the year and plated Gennett (single), Hainley Statia (walk), and Khris Davis (walk) to up the lead to 6-0.
The I-Cubs got onto the board in the top of the eighth when Brian Bogusevic’s two-out single plated Darnell McDonald to make it a 6-1 game.
The Sounds will look to secure their first winning series of the season when the teams wrap up the four-game series with a 7:05pm finale on Friday evening. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg (3-4, 3.99) will make the start for the Sounds and face Iowa right-hander Yoener Negrin (0-1, 2.73).
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