Sounds' Winning Streak Snapped at Four
NASHVILLE - The bats went quiet as the Nashville Sounds returned home with a 4-2 loss to the Memphis Redbirds in front of 6,806 fans and 182 dogs Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
Nashville's offense was red hot on the road only to come up short at home with four hits in the homestand opener against the Redbirds. Hunter Cole had two of the hits and Zack Granite and Adam Moore each had one.
Three of the hits came in the third inning when Cole started the frame with a single, Moore followed with a base hit to left, and Granite's perfectly placed two-out bunt single drove in Cole from third to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead.
Wei-Chieh Huang opened for the Sounds and tossed two scoreless innings before giving way to Phillips Valdez. Huang allowed one hit, walked two and struck out four.
It stayed 1-0 until Memphis evened the game with a single tally in their half of the fourth. A leadoff double by Rangel Ravelo put a runner in scoring position for Memphis and John Nogowski knocked him in with a base hit to make it 1-1.
Cole's big game continued when he belted a solo home run to deep left-center field in the fifth. His fourth long ball of the season gave the Sounds a 2-1 lead.
Valdez was cruising along until he hit trouble in the seventh. Kramer Robertson singled and Tommy Edman followed with an RBI double to even the game at 2-2. After Valdez got the first out of the inning via strikeout, Lane Thomas and Ravelo collected run-scoring base hits to give the Redbirds a 4-2 lead.
Nashville's offense didn't muster anything the rest of the way as Memphis relievers retired 12 consecutive hitters beginning in the sixth.
The series continues Wednesday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Tim Dillard (3-2, 5.30) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon (3-2, 3.96) for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
With tonight's 4-2 loss, the Sounds dropped to 17-27 on the season.
Hunter Cole had two more hits and has five consecutive multi-hit games. He's hitting .591 (13-for-22) with 6 runs, 3 home runs, 9 RBI and 1 walk over his last five games.
Cole has at least one RBI in five consecutive games - the longest streak of any Sounds player in 2019.
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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