Seven-Run Fifth Inning Leads Sounds over Clippers
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Sounds put up seven runs in the fifth inning to lead them to a 9-2 win over the Columbus Clippers Saturday night at First Horizon Park.
After Keston Hiura gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the fourth, Nashville mustered five hits in the seven-run fifth. Tim Lopes and Matt Lipka each brought home a run with singles to give the Sounds a 3-0 advantage. Nashville's lead was extended to 7-0 as David Dahl and David Fry both drove in two runs with a double. Fry then came in to score on a single from Troy Stokes Jr., giving the Sounds an 8-0 lead.
Columbus managed to put a run on the board in the sixth and the eighth, cutting the lead to 8-2.
Mario Feliciano tacked on another run for Nashville in the eighth, driving a sacrifice fly to center to make it 9-2, Sounds.
Nashville starting pitcher Alec Bettinger picked up his third win of the season. The right-hander tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on three hits.
The finale of the five-game series is scheduled for Sunday night at First Horizon Park. Right-hander Victor Castaneda (0-1, 2.25) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Cody Morris (2-1, 1.69) for the Clippers. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.
Nashville has won seven of their last eight games overall and eight of their last 10 at First Horizon Park...they are now 40-24 on the season at home.
The Sounds are now 4-0 in the Triple-A Final Stretch, tied for the best record.
Keston Hiura has three home runs in his last seven games.
Nashville scored at least seven runs in an inning for the first time since August 22 (8, 1st inning, at Memphis).
Alec Bettinger is 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA (9 ER/26.2 IP) his last five starts.
The Nashville Sounds are the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and play at First Horizon Park. Single-game tickets are on sale now for all remaining 2021 home games. For more information call 615-690-4487 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.--
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