Tyler Pill’s Clutch Hit Sends Sounds to Win
Nashville, TN – Nashville Sounds Tyler Pill nails two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give the team a 6-5 win over New Orleans Baby Cakes Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 11,097 at First Tennessee Park.
Pill stepped to the plate with the Sounds trailing 5-4 and the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh. He bounced a ball perfectly in between two New Orleans infielders and hustled into second base as Delino DeShields and Eli White scored to give the Sounds a 6-5 lead.
Josh Fields took over for Kyle Bird in the top of the eighth and worked around a one-out hit batter to post a zero. Brett Martin took over for Fields in the ninth and worked around a pair of hits in the ninth to notch his first save of the season.
Sellout Crowd at First Tennessee Park watches Nashville Sounds Clip New Orleans Baby Cakes. (Nashville Sounds)
It was a back-and-forth game in the early innings as the Baby Cakes jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run homer by Matt Snyder in the second and a run-scoring single by Isan Diaz in the third.
Nashville quickly erased the deficit with a three-spot of their own in the bottom of the third. White knocked in a run with a base hit to left field, Patrick Wisdom drew a bases loaded walk to force in another run, and White scored on a balk to even the game at 3-3.
Both teams plated a run in the fourth inning. Rodrigo Vigil gave New Orleans a 4-3 lead with an RBI single, and Nashville scored another run on a balk to make it a 4-4 game.
Micah Brown was the last batter Nashville starter Phillips Valdez faced in the top of the sixth. The New Orleans shortstop belted a solo homer to deep left field to give the Baby Cakes a 5-4 lead. It stayed that way until Pill’s two-run double in the seventh.
Valdez got a no-decision after tossing 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out a season-high nine batters. Bird earned the win in relief for Nashville.
With tonight’s 6-5 win, the Sounds are now 22-33 on the season.
Tonight’s sellout crowd of 11,097 was the sixth sellout of the season at First Tennessee Park.
Nashville’s Phillips Valdez recorded a season-high nine strikeouts. His previous high was five.
Eli White and Chase d’Arnaud collected multi-hit games for Nashville.
Brett Martin earned his first save of the season and second in his career with a scoreless ninth inning.
Next Up For Nashville Sounds
Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Saturday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Tim Dillard (3-4, 5.11) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Hector Noesi (4-2, 2.45) for the Baby Cakes. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com