Renato Nunez's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth handed the Nashville Sounds a 3-2, walk-off win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Saturday night.
With the game tied 2-2, Kyle Lobstein issued a leadoff walk to Ryan Lavarnway. Following a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Lobstein got Bruce Maxwell to line out to left and appeared to escape the jam by inducing a soft grounder to first by Matt Olson. But Lobstein mishandled the toss from first baseman Cal Towey, keeping the inning alive for Nunez.
After falling behind 3-0, Lobstein battled back to force a full count and got Nunez to hit a liner to left, but Chad Hinshaw made a futile stab for the ball near the warning track as the winning run crossed the plate.
It was the first run to score against Lobstein (0-1), who had worked 10 2/3 scoreless innings on the year.
Nashville nursed a 1-0 lead through much of the night on Maxwell's sacrifice fly in the third inning. The Sounds took advantage of three walks in the seventh, including one by Brian Ellington with the bases loaded, to double their advantage to 2-0.
New Orleans answered to even the score in the eighth, when Nashville issued four walks of its own. Mike Aviles got the Baby Cakes on the board with an RBI single, and a two-out walk to Towey with the bases loaded forced in the tying run.
Frankie Montas, making his first start of the year, fanned seven in three perfect innings. The Nashville bullpen logged the next six innings, and having run out of fresh arms, was prepared to use position player Melvin Mercedes had the game gone into extra innings. Jake Sanchez (1-0) was credited with the victory.
Adam Conley worked into the seventh inning for the Baby Cakes and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out three.
New Orleans managed only five hits on the night, but one was a double by Hinshaw, who extended his hitting streak to nine games to match the longest by a Baby Cake this season.
The teams meet again on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. to resume a game suspended by rain in the fourth inning on April 30, then will follow by playing a regularly-scheduled seven-inning game.
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