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Raul Alcantara Dominant In Nashville Sounds Win, Sweep Zephyrs

Nashville SoundsNew Orleans, LA – The Nashville Sounds swept the New Orleans Zephyrs with a 5-1 win Tuesday night at Zephyrs field.

The Sounds have now won four consecutive games pushing their record to 15 games over .500 at 63-48. The record matches the team’s high-water mark of 15 games over for the season.

Since being called up from Double-A Midland, Sounds starter Raul Alcantara had not allowed an earned run in 20 2/3 innings. That was until a two-out RBI single from Isacc Galloway plated Tomas Telis in the seventh inning.

Nashville Sounds Add Three Late Runs In Sweep of Zephyrs [1]

Nashville Sounds Add Three Late Runs In Sweep of Zephyrs

Raul Alcantara had only allowed three hits in his first six innings of work; however, the Zephyrs tagged three hits on the right-hander in the seventh to plate their first run.

Alcantara (2-0, 0.44) racked up six strikeouts and picked up his second win in his third start as a Sound.

He gave way to Sounds reliever Eduard Santos after the right-hander gave up the two-out RBI single to Galloway. Santos then retired the final batter of the Zephyrs seventh to preserve the Sounds 2-1 lead.

The Sounds scored their only two runs in the fifth inning, as the two runs would be enough. After Joey Wendle walked to lead off the Sounds fifth, back-to-back singles from Matt McBride and Colin Walsh put the Sounds in front 1-0 with Walsh getting the RBI. Arismendy Alcantara then grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored McBride to put the Sounds up 2-0.

Three insurance runs were added by the Sounds in the ninth to stretch their lead to 5-1 over the Zephyrs. Chad Pinder led off the inning with a single to right, he was quickly followed by a single to right by Matt Olson and Pinder advanced to third on a fielding error by Destin Hood. With Wendle batting, Pinder scored on a Cody Ege wild pitch to put the Sounds up 3-1.

Wendle walked to put runners at first and second, and Matt McBride then singled to load the bases for Colin Walsh. Walsh would walk and plate Olson to up the Sounds lead to 4-1 in the ninth. Rangel Ravelo then scored Wendle on a fielder’s choice to put the Sounds up 5-1.

Sounds Manager Steve Scarsone then gave the ball to Patrick Schuster to pitch the ninth in a non-save opportunity. Schuster made quick work of the Zephyrs retiring them in order to give the Sounds the sweep of New Orleans.

The Sounds now travel to Colorado Springs for their second four-game series in their 12-game road trip. Right-hander Chris Smith (6-8, 4.11) starts for the Sounds against left-handed pitcher Josh Hader (0-3, 6.05) for the Zephyrs. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm CST at Security Service Field.

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