Papillion, NB – The Nashville Sounds scored all seven of their runs on three home runs to rout the Omaha Storm Chasers 7-0 Tuesday afternoon at Werner Park.
Renato Nunez, Josh Rodriguez and Colin Walsh each hit a home run in the Sounds win. Nunez clubbed his 22nd homer with a solo shot in the first, while Rodriguez added a grand slam in the second and Walsh smashed a two-run blast in the fifth.
After Jaycob Brugman led off the game with a single, it was quickly erased when Walsh grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. With two outs in the first, Nunez unloaded on a 2-2 breaking ball to give the Sounds an early 1-0 lead.
After a base hit from Matt Chapman and a double from Matt McBride, Rangel Ravelo was hit by a pitch from Omaha starter Kris Medlen to load the bases for Rodriguez in the second inning.
Nashville Sounds Club Three Homers In 7-0 Win Over Omaha
Rodriguez then launched a 485 foot moon shot to left field to extend the Sounds lead to 5-0. With the four RBI game Tuesday afternoon, Rodriguez plated a total of 11 RBI in the four-game series against Omaha.
The Sounds then padded on two more runs with Walsh’s two-run homer in the fifth. Brugman led off the fifth with a base hit to center to set the stage for Walsh. The switch-handed utility player then drove a 1-2 fastball over the left field wall to give the Sounds a 7-0 lead after 5.
Sounds starter Daniel Mengden pitched five shutout innings allowing just three hits while striking out six. The right-hander picked up his seventh win as a Sound and lowered his ERA to 1.66.
Mengden retired his first five batters before allowing a Bubba Starling single in the second inning. He retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced before giving way to the Sounds bullpen in the sixth inning.
Four Sounds relievers combined to finish the shutout of the Storm Chasers and each reliever did not allow a hit.
Sean Doolittle, Aaron Kurcz, J.B. Wendelken, and Tucker Healy combined for four strong innings out of the Sounds bullpen to finish the shutout. Kurcz, Wendelken and Healy each struck out a pair and Doolittle picked up a punch out of his own in the Sounds win.
The magic number currently sits at four games to clinch the American Southern Division., however, with a New Orleans loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers tonight the number could move to three games.
The Sounds now travel to Memphis for a five-game series beginning Wednesday night at AutoZone Park. Right-hander Raul Alcantara (3-0, 1.01) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Deck McGuire (6-10, 5.63) for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
Tickets for the 2016 Pacific Coast League playoff dates at First Tennessee Park are now available for purchase at the Nashville Sounds box office and online at www.nashvillesounds.com
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate.
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