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Sounds Sweep Charlotte in Doubleheader

May 24, 2024 - International League (IL)
Nashville Sounds News Release

NASHVILLE - The Nashville Sounds' (25-23) offense powered the way to a 6-2 win in game one and Chad Patrick was dominant in a 2-1 triumph in game two as the Sounds took both games of the doubleheader over the Charlotte Knights (19-28) on Thursday night at First Horizon Park.

Brewer Hicklen led the Nashville offense in game one with two home runs and five RBI. He gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout. He then followed with two-run homers in his next two at-bats in the third and fifth innings, scoring Isaac Collins on both round-trippers. His first home run was a 408-foot bomb down to left field and his second was 425-feet off the batter's eye.

DL Hall made his second rehab appearance (first with Nashville) after missing time on the injured list due to a left knee sprain. He started game one and tossed a scoreless first inning. Evan McKendry and Janson Junk (2-2) followed with 2.0 scoreless innings respectively. The Sounds cruised to a 6-2 victory in game one.

Chad Patrick (3-1) was the star in game two, striking out a career-high 12 batters. Patrick worked out of a long first inning, allowing one earned run. But he settled in with only two hits allowed across his final four innings.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning in game two, Wes Clarke homered on an opposite-field shot to tie the game. Hicklen followed with a walk, and Chris Roller tripled into the right-center gap to give Nashville a lead that they never relinquished.

Harold Chirino induced a 4-6-3 double-play to get Nashville out of the eighth inning to keep the lead intact. Rob Zastryzny continued his dominance out of the bullpen, pitching a scoreless seventh inning for his second save of the season to cap off a 2-1 victory in game two and a series sweep.

The Sounds and the Knights play game four of the six-game series tomorrow night. With Nashville winning the first four games of the series, they will send right-hander Carlos Rodriguez (4-4, 6.04) to the mound. He will face off against right-hander Johan Domínguez (4-2, 4.50) for Charlotte. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at First Horizon Park.

Post-Game Notes

Brewer Hicklen had his third multi-homer game of the season (May 7 at Durham, May 14 at Jacksonville). In May, Hicklen is tied with Columbus' Jhonkensy Noel and Syracuse's Trayce Thompson for the most home runs with eight. He had four RBI in a game for the third time in 43 games this season. All three have occurred in the last 13 games. He had four four-RBI games in 2022 for Omaha.

The last Sounds pitcher with 12 strikeouts in a game was Josh Lindblom on August 20, 2021 at Memphis (6.2 IP). Chad Patrick's previous career-high in strikeouts was nine which he accomplished three times and the most recent on May 3 versus Norfolk. This month, Patrick has a 1.54 ERA (23.1 IP/4 ER) with 30 strikeouts.

Brewer Hicklen's 23 RBI in a month is the most by a Sound since Keston Hiura had 24 in August last season.

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