Round Rock, TX – Rangel Ravelo and Arismendy Alcantara hit back-to-back solo home runs in the seventh to help give the Nashville Sounds (67-49) a 6-1 win over the Round Rock Express (55-61) Sunday night at Dell Diamond.
Ravelo led off the Sounds seventh inning with his seventh home run of the season with a solo shot to left. Alcantara then quickly followed Ravelo with a solo shot of his own to put the Sounds up 6-1 in the seventh.
Sounds starter Raul Alcantara (3-0, 0.70) continued to impress in his fourth start as a Sound. The right-hander allowed just one run on a fifth inning solo home run by Drew Stubbs to cut the Sounds lead to 3-1.
Alcantara picked up his third win as a Sound giving up the one run on two hits while striking out three in five innings pitched. He would surrender his first walk in 25 2/3 innings pitched in Triple-A to Doug Bernier in the fourth.
With the game scoreless through three innings, the Sounds rallied for three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Three straight singles by Jaycob Brugman, Chad Pinder and Renato Nunez led to the Sounds plating the first run of the game on the Nunez RBI single. After Matt McBride walked, Joey Wendle sent a two-run single to left scoring Pinder and Nunez to put the Sounds up 3-0.
Renato Nunez and Matt Olson would hit back-to-back doubles to give the Sounds a 4-1 lead in the sixth. Olson’s RBI double was his 50th RBI of the season.
Angel Castro and J.B. Wendelken both came on from the Sounds bullpen to pitch two scoreless innings a piece. Castro tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, while Wendelken pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to preserve a 6-1 Sounds win.
The four-game series continues with game two Monday night at Dell Diamond. Right-hander Chris Jensen (2-4, 3.76) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (5-8, 5.16) for the Express. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm CST.
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