Nashville, TN – Josh Phegley delivered a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Nashville Sounds a come-from-behind 3-2 win in front of 7,189 fans at First Tennessee Park Wednesday night.
Phegley’s RBI single scored Nick Martini who tied the game earlier in the inning with a run-scoring single to right field. The game-winner by Phegley is the fourth walk-off win of the season for Nashville who are now three games over .500 for the first time in 2018.
The two teams played to a 1-1 game through nine innings as the night belonged to the pitchers. Sounds’ starter Eric Jokisch allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Reliever Raul Alcantara worked after Jokisch and followed with 3 1/3 shutout innings.
Colorado Springs starter Alec Asher went four frames and allowed one run, and the bullpen combination of Erik Davis and Mike Zagurski kept it at 1-1 with four shutout innings.
Colorado Springs grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th when catcher Christian Bethancourt came through with a run-scoring single with two outs.
Martini immediately tied the game with Jorge Mateo starting the bottom of the 10th at second base. Ramon Laureano singled to put runners at first and second, and BJ Boyd successfully moved both runners 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt. Beau Taylor was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Jake Smolinski struck out for the second out in the inning.
Phegley’s game-winner came on an 0-1 pitch from Radhames Liz. It was the sixth time this season the Sounds had an opportunity to climb to three games over .500 after dropping the previous five.
The fourth and final game of the series is scheduled for Thursday at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Kendall Graveman (2-0, 5.00) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Freddy Peralta (5-1, 3.63) for the Sky Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
With tonight’s 3-2 win, the Sounds improved to 24-21 on the season.
The Sounds are a season-high three games over .500 with tonight’s win.
Tonight’s game marked Nashville’s fourth extra inning contest of the season. They are now 3-1.
The Sounds scored first tonight and are now 17-5 when doing so.
Tonight’s walk-off was the fourth of the season for Nashville.
Jorge Mateo tripled for the second time in as many games. His team-leading five triples is tied for third-most in the Pacific Coast League.
Nick Martini extended his consecutive on-base streak to 33 games when he singled in the 10th inning. It’s the second-longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League. Since April 14th, Martini has reached safely in every game he has played in.
The 2018 season is the Sounds’ 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com