Sounds Take Down RedHawks In Series Opener, 10-4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds defeated the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 10-4, on Friday evening in front of 7,319 fans at historic Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
Nashville batters legged out seven doubles, one shy of the franchise single-game record, among their 13 hits on the evening and had multiple-hit efforts from six players in the win, the third in the row for the Sounds (36-31).
Third baseman Mat Gamel went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to extend the Sounds' longest active hit streak to seven games (11-for-26, .423). Erick Almonte drove in a team-high three runs in the game and Joe Koshansky contributed a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
Oklahoma City left fielder Mitch Moreland gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a one-out solo homer to dead center off Sounds starter Tim Dillard. The blast was the outfielder's fifth of the year.
The Sounds evened the contest in the home half of the frame when Brendan Katin and Koshansky led off the frame with back-to-back doubles off RedHawks starter Tanner Scheppers.
Nashville continued to use the two-bagger as an offensive weapon an inning later as it took a 3-1 lead in the third. Trent Oeltjen drew a one-out walk from Scheppers and scored when Gamel drilled an RBI double into the right field corner to push the Sounds into the lead. Two batters later, Koshansky registered his second run-scoring double of the night to plate Gamel.
Dillard took a no-decision in his first start of the year for the Sounds. He held the RedHawks to one run on two hits while striking out five batters in five innings. He left the contest holding a 3-1 lead.
Todd Coffey worked a clean inning in his first rehab appearance for Nashville, retiring the side in the order in the sixth. The Brewers right-hander recorded one strikeout and a pair of groundouts in his 13-pitch outing.
Mitch Stetter took over on the Nashville hill in the seventh and suffered a blown save when Oklahoma City designated hitter Chad Tracy slugged a three-run homer to left-center off the southpaw to push the visitors in front, 4-3. Former Sound Nelson Cruz (walk) and Chris Davis (single) also scored on Tracy's team-leading 11th roundtripper of the year.
The Sounds rallied in the bottom of the seventh to take back a 6-4 lead against the Oklahoma City bullpen. Trent Oeltjen doubled to open the frame, his fifth consecutive game with an extra-base knock, and scored the tying run on a Gamel single.
Later in the inning, Nashville team RBI leader Luis Cruz greeted new RedHawks reliever Warner Madrigal with a two-run single up the middle to put the home team up by two and up his RBI total to 34 on the year.
Nashville wrapped up the night's scoring in the eighth with a four-run inning against Madrigal that was highlighted by Almonte's two-out, three-run double to center.
Oklahoma City loaded the bases in the top of the ninth with one out, but Luis Cruz made an athletic double play for the Sounds on a line drive to short to double Moreland off second and bring an end to the contest.
Stetter (2-1) backed into the victory as the beneficiary of the late Sounds rally after allowing three runs in his lone inning of work.
Phillips (1-1) suffered his first loss for Oklahoma City after being charged with three runs on three hits in just one-third of an inning of action.
The teams continue the series with a 6:35 p.m. meeting on Saturday night at Greer. Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Doug Davis is scheduled to join the Sounds to make a rehab start in the contest. He has been on the Brewers' disabled list since May 16 due to pericarditis (inflammation of lining around heart). Oklahoma City will counter with right-hander Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 2.35).
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