Nashville, TN – Renato Nunez clubbed his 16th home run of the season and the Nashville Sounds (59-47) defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (49-53) 2-1 before 8,134 at First Tennessee Park Thursday night.
Nunez led off the fourth inning with a monster home run to left field to up the Sounds lead to 2-0.
Sounds starter Chris Smith picked up his sixth win of the season in the Sounds 2-1 win. The veteran right-hander pitched six innings allowing just three hits and struck out three. Smith, who did not allow a run until the sixth inning, retired 11 straight batters from the second inning through the fifth inning.
Three straight singles from Matt Olson, Matt McBride and Arismendy Alcantara led to a early 1-0 Sounds lead.
Alcantara extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single up the middle scoring Matt Olson from second.
Sky Sox center fielder Kyle Wren broke that streak in the top of the sixth inning with a double to left field. Orlando Arcia then responded with another double to plate Wren to put the Sky Sox on the board as they trailed 2-1.
Smith gave way to Sounds reliever and Nashville Native Andrew Triggs in the seventh. After hitting his first batter, Triggs settled into a grove and with help from his defense escaped with the seventh with the lead still in hand.
With Eric Young Jr. at second for the Sky Sox, Yadiel Rivera hit a high chopper to Alcantara. As the ball was fielded by Alcantara, Young attempted to score from second to tie the game but was thrown out by Matt Olson at home to preserve the Sounds lead.
Triggs was sharp in his second major league rehab outing, tossing two scoreless innings and allowing just two hits and struck out a batter.
It was then up to Sounds reliever Tucker Healy to close things down in the ninth for the Sounds. Healy retired the first two batters he saw and capped off the night striking out Eric Young Jr. to end the game and record his sixth save of the season.
The series concludes Friday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-5, 3.63) starts for the Sounds against left-hander John Hader (0-3, 6.42). 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