Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds and Tacoma Rainiers exchanged punches late with Tacoma issuing the final blow to defeat the Sounds 5-3 Sunday night at First Tennessee Park.
With the Sounds on top 1-0 and the pitching staff seemingly cruising, the Rainiers pulled out a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. Ian Miller singled with one out in the frame off Jeremy Bleich and swiped second base.
Raul Alcantara then replaced Bleich to face John Andreoli whom he promptly walked. Two batters later Mejias-Brean served a hit into shallow centerfield. An onrushing BJ Boyd made a sliding attempt at a catch but the ball skipped past him allowing both Andreoli and Miller to score and Mejias-Brean to reach third base.
Bruce Maxwell found a good spot for his first hit of the season for the Sounds. The catcher ripped a double down the left field line to bring home Jorge Mateo from first base to tie the game at 2-2.
Tacoma tallied three runs in the 10th inning off Nashville’s Bobby Wahl to claim the victory. Gordon Beckham smashed a double down the left field line to plate a pair and a third run came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Seth Mejias-Brean that was dropped by BJ Boyd. Nashville responded with two runs in the home half of the inning but it was not enough.
Nashville’s Eric Jokisch turned in a stellar performance for his best outing of the campaign as he hurled six shutout innings of four-hit baseball. The southpaw fanned a season-high seven batters on the night as he kept the Rainiers lineup off balance. Tacoma’s Casey Lawrence was outstanding as well as he allowed just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.
The series finale of their four-game series is scheduled for Monday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander James Naile (5-5, 3.57) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Christian Bergman (4-4, 3.82) for the Rainiers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
With tonight’s 5-3 loss, the Sounds dropped to 30-31 on the season. They dipped below .500 for the first time since May 10 when they were 16-17.
For the first time this season the Sounds lost a game in which it held a lead after seven innings. They are now 24-1 in such games.
Nashville is now 61-43 against the Pacific Conference since 2015.
The Sounds are 4-2 in extra-inning games in 2018.
Nick Martini extended his consecutive on-base streak to 44 games when he walked to lead off the eighth. Martini’s streak is the longest by a Nashville player in the Pacific Coast League era. It’s the longest active streak in Minor League Baseball. Since April 14th, Martini has reached safely in every game he has played in. His 10th inning single extended his career-long hitting streak to 13 games.
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