Daniel Gossett Deals Nashville Sounds to win over Cubs
Nashville, TN – Daniel Gossett tossed seven strong innings and the Nashville Sounds drilled three home runs in an 8-2 win over the Iowa Cubs in front of 6,384 fans Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
Fresh off a promotion from Double-A Midland, Gossett allowed two runs on six hits in his Sounds (82-56) and Triple-A debut. He retired eight of the final nine batters he faced and threw 91 pitches on the night.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second inning, Nashville blasted three homers to back Gossett’s performance. Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Bryan Anderson all homered in the win.
They quickly erased the deficit with a five-run second inning highlighted by Chapman’s two-run blast.
Nashville Sounds Right-hander Daniel Gossett Tosses Seven Strong Innings in Triple-A Debut
Colin Walsh started the inning with a walk, and Rangel Ravelo was hit by a pitch. Drew Rucinski issued his second walk of the inning to Anderson loading the bases with nobody out.
The free passes came back to hurt Rucinski when Josh Rodriguez lined a two-run single to right field to give the Sounds a 2-1 lead. A wild pitch brought home the third run of the inning before Chapman launched the first homer of the night to extend the lead to 5-1.
Gossett allowed a run in the top of the fourth on a run-scoring double but the Sounds got it right back when Olson hit a mammoth homer to deep right field to make it 6-2. It was the 17th of the season for the Sounds’ first baseman.
Gossett went on cruise control and shut down the Cubs after the double in the fourth.
Anderson’s home run came in the eighth inning when he hit a 1-0 pitch from reliever Corey Black to center field for his third homer of the season.
Sean Doolittle worked a scoreless eighth inning and Aaron Kurcz fired a scoreless ninth to close out the win for Gossett.
Every player in the Sounds lineup had at least one hit. Olson and BJ Boyd had multi-hit games for Nashville.
The Sounds have two home games remaining in the regular season.
Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-6, 3.57) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Jordan Pries (5-3, 5.09) for the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled 12:05pm.
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.