Nashville, TN – Renato Nunez ended a 12-inning marathon when he singled home Chad Pinder from third to give the Nashville Sounds a 3-2 walk-off win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Monday night at First Tennessee Park.
Nashville was in charge for most of the night until Omaha scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to send the game into extras.
Joey Wendle started the bottom of the ninth with a double, and then started the bottom of the 11th with a single. He was left stranded in scoring position both times.
Nashville reliever Patrick Schuster kept giving the offense opportunities to win it. The southpaw went 3 1/3 scoreless innings and eventually earned the win.
Nashville Sounds Prevail in Four-Hour, Four-Minute Contest
Pinder started the 12th with a double to the wall in left-center. After a fly out put Pinder at third, Nunez drilled a line drive over the head of left fielder Travis Snider. Pinder trotted home with the winning run to push the Sounds’ record to 46-33.
Lost in the hoopla of the walk-off win was the effort from starter Chris Jensen. The right-hander tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings in his third Triple-A start.
Jensen stranded a pair of baserunners in the first and third innings and got stronger as the night went on. From when he retired Hunter Dozier to end the third, to when he was pulled after retiring Irving Falu with the second out of the seventh, he faced the minimum.
Omaha’s (32-44) John Lannan was nearly as good as Jensen. Nashville finally got to the veteran left-hander in the sixth inning. Pinder doubled with one-out and came around to score on a line drive single to left by Nunez.
The Sounds extended their lead to 2-0 thanks in part to Omaha’s shaky defense. Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Ladendorf reached on infield singles, and Ravelo came around to score after an error by first baseman Tony Cruz.
Omaha’s first run of the night came home in the eighth on Brett Eibner’s RBI triple high off the wall in right field. They tied the game in the ninth when former Sound Irving Falu sliced a double into the right-center gap to score Jorge Bonifacio.
The fourth and final game of the series is set for Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Chris Smith (4-6, 4.47) starts for Nashville against right-hander Miguel Almonte (3-5, 5.04) for Omaha. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com
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