Fresno, CA – Fresno designated hitter A.J. Reed hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Grizzlies a stunning come-from-behind win over the Nashville Sounds at Chukchansi Park Wednesday afternoon.
Reed’s game-winning blast came just moments after Nashville’s Chris Parmelee looked like he was the game’s hero. With the game even at 4-4 in the top of the ninth, Parmelee launched a two-out solo homer to give the Sounds a 5-4 lead.
Sounds reliever Simon Castro – who allowed a game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth – went back to the mound for the ninth and issued a lead off walk to Preston Tucker. The free pass came back to haunt Castro as Reed launched a 2-1 pitch from the right-hander out to deep right field to give Fresno its first win of the four-game set.
The two teams combined for five home runs in the afternoon affair. Ryan Lavarnway’s two-run homer in the top of the second started the scoring and gave Nashville a 2-0 lead.
A.J. Reed’s Two-Run Blast Gives Fresno Win on Sounds. (Nashville Sounds)
Starter Daniel Gossett worked through four innings with little problems before finding trouble in the fifth. A walk and two-out double by Derek Fisher plated the first Fresno run to trim the lead to 2-1.
Matt Chapman gave the Sounds a little breathing room in the top of the sixth when he drilled another home run – a solo blast to left field to extend the lead to 3-1.
The first four batters reached against Gossett in the bottom half of the inning. Colin Moran’s RBI double trimmed Fresno’s deficit to 3-2 before Raul Alcantara relieved Gossett.
Alcantara limited the damage to just two runs but the harm was done. The Sounds went up 4-3 in the eighth, and 5-4 in the ninth, only to see the bullpen falter both times.
Nashville hit three more home runs on the day to move their month of May total to a professional baseball-best 30.
The series finale is scheduled for Thursday night at Chukchansi Park. Right-hander Daniel Mengden (0-1, 4.91) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Trent Thornton (1-1, 2.60) for the Grizzlies. First pitch is slated for 9:05pm CST.
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TopicsChris Parmelee, Chukchansi Park, Colin Moran, Daniel Gosseet, Daniel Mengden, Derek Fisher, Fresno CA, Fresno Grizzlies, Matt Chapman, Nashville Sounds, Oakland Athletics, Pacific Coast League, PCL, Preston Tucker, Raul Alcantara, Ryan Lavarnway, Simon Castro, Sounds, Trent Thornton