Sounds Win Streak Halted By RedHawks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds had their season-best seven-game winning streak come to a close with a 10-2 loss to the Oklahoma RedHawks on Wednesday evening at Greer Stadium in the opener of a six-game series.
Nashville (80-51) dropped to just 12-22 in series openers on the year. The eight-run loss matched the Sounds' largest margin of defeat this season. The lead in the PCL American Conference Northern Division was temporarily reduced to eight games, pending the result of the Iowa-New Orleans contest later in the evening.
The Sounds took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Callix Crabbe walked to open the frame and stole second before moving to third and scoring on a Drew Anderson infield single combined with a throwing error by Oklahoma first baseman Nate Gold.
The visitors came back to grab a 5-1 advantage in the next half-inning of play with five runs off Nashville starter R.A. Dickey. Catcher Guillermo Quiroz got things started with a two-run homer to left-center that put the RedHawks in front. The blast, which plated Dave Matranga (single), was the backstop's sixth of the year. Desi Relaford drove in two more later in the frame with a one-out triple down the right field line before Kevin West capped off the scoring with a two-out RBI single.
Current PCL Batter-of-the-Week Laynce Nix continued his red-hot hitting in the bottom of the fifth when he slugged a leadoff solo home run to right to extend his season-best hit streak to 11 games. The 26-year-old outfielder has gone deep in seven of his last eight contests and now has 23 home runs this season (22 with Nashville) to match his career high, set in 2003.
Nate Gold, who was robbed of a home run in the first on an outstanding catch by Anderson in left, increased the Oklahoma lead to 6-2 in the seventh by belting a one-out solo homer to left off Sounds reliever Marino Salas, the outfielder's 24th longball of the year.
Dave Matranga added a solo homer to left-center off Salas in the eighth, increasing the RedHawks' lead to 7-2, before Oklahoma finished off the night's scoring with a three-run ninth against Salas.
Oklahoma starter Eric Hurley (4-6) held the Sounds to two runs (one earned) on two hits over seven strong innings to earn the victory.
Dickey (11-6) took the loss after he allowed five runs on 11 hits over his six innings of work. The 11 knocks matched the most allowed by a Sounds hurler in a single game this season.
Designated hitter Andy Abad took the hill for Nashville in the ninth inning to make the seventh pitching appearance of his 16-year pro career and worked two-thirds scoreless innings.
The teams continue the series with a 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday evening. Right-hander Tim Dillard (5-4, 4.72) will make a spot start for the Sounds and face Oklahoma right-hander Armando Galarraga (1-1, 4.97).
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