Offensive Struggles Continue in Sounds Loss
NASHVILLE - The offense continued to struggle for the Nashville Sounds in a 5-0 loss to the San Antonio Missions Monday night at First Tennessee Park. Nashville managed only four hits in the setback.
Nashville went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and have not collected a hit with a runner in scoring position since Saturday night. The issues started tonight after Eli White doubled to start the bottom of the first inning but was stranded after a pop out and two strikeouts.
San Antonio struck first when they plated three runs in the top of the second. Tyrone Taylor started it with a double and later scored on a groundout by Lucas Erceg. Moments later, Troy Stokes Jr. drilled a two-run homer to left field to give the Missions a 3-0 lead.
Nashville starter Richelson Pena quickly recorded the first two outs of the third but San Antonio designated hitter Keston Hiura crushed a long home run to left field to make it a 4-0 game.
Nashville's offense never threatened to cut into the lead. Willie Calhoun doubled to start the sixth inning but the next three batters were retired in order. Zack Granite had a pair of hits for the Sounds.
The Sounds have a day off Tuesday before traveling to Des Moines, Iowa to begin a five-game series with the Iowa Cubs Wednesday night. First pitch in game one of the set is scheduled for 6:38 p.m.
With tonight's 5-0 loss, the Sounds are now 5-13 on the season.
Eli White's double was his seventh extra-base hit of the season. He is now tied for the team lead with Matt Davidson.
The Sounds are hitting a Pacific Coast League-worst .165 (26-for-158) with runners in scoring position.
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.
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