The Fresno Tacos (15-24) and the Nashville Sounds (17-18) combined for five home runs in an 11-6 loss for Fresno on Taco Tuesday. The five homers are the most combined by two clubs in a game for Fresno this season.
The Sounds got the scoring started in the second when Matt Chapman (2-for-4) hit his sixth home run of the season off the scoreboard in left center. The solo shot was followed by three consecutive base hits that scored Chris Parmelee on a RBI by Jaycob Brugman (4-for-6) to give Nashville a 2-0 lead.
Colin Moran followed with a solo shot of his own for the Tacos in the bottom of the second. His fifth of the season was hit off the batter's eye to make the score 2-1.
Nashville compiled seven runs on five hits in an 11-batter fourth to take a 9-1 lead. Matt Olson knocked a three-run homer to center, his ninth of the season and second in back-to-back games. Ryan LaMarre (2-for-4), Brugman, Franklin Barreto and Joey Wendle (2-for-5) each drove in an additional run in the inning.
For the Tacos, Tyler White crushed a three-run bomb to left in the bottom of the fourth frame, his third long ball of the season. The home run scored Teoscar Hernandez (2-for-4) and Preston Tucker to cut the Sounds lead to 9-4 in White's first three-RBI game of 2017.
Brugman homered to right for the Sounds in the fifth make the score 11-4. The two-run shot was his first home run of the season and third and fourth RBI on the night. In the fifth for Fresno, Juan Centeno (2-for-4) extended his hit streak to 15 games, two shy of Derek Fisher's 2017 club-best streak (17) which ended Monday night. Centeno has now hit safely in 18 of 20 games, batting .375 on the season.
The Tacos tacked on two runs in the ninth to make the final score 11-6. A.J. Reed drove in Moran with a RBI ground-rule double to right and then Centeno knocked a double to score Reed.
Tacos starter David Martinez (1-5) allowed nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts in the loss. Fresno's relievers combined to allow two runs on seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in five and two thirds innings.
Jharel Cotton (1-0) earned the win in his first Triple-A start of 2017 for Nashville. Cotton allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with four strikeouts. He did not allow a walk through five innings.
Fresno and Nashville will meet for the third of a four-game series on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. at Chukchansi Park. Probable starters are RHP Daniel Gossett (1-2, 4.15) for the Sounds and RHP David Paulino (0-0, 0.00) for Fresno.
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