The Nashville Sounds closed their homestand with a 7-2 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes in front of a sellout crowd of 10,128 fans at First Tennessee Park Sunday afternoon.
Dustin Fowler led a balanced attack at the plate with a 3-for-4 game. The center fielder doubled and scored a run in the fourth, tripled and scored a run in the fifth, and blasted a two-run homer to give the Sounds a 7-2 lead in the seventh.
Franklin Barreto, Beau Taylor and Jorge Mateo also had multi-hit games for the Sounds. Fowler and Barreto got the scoring started in the fourth on back-to-back extra-base hits. Fowler tripled to the gap in left-center and Barreto followed with a double to the right-center gap to make it 1-0. Josh Phegley added a sacrifice fly to give Nashville a 2-0 lead.
New Orleans came back with a pair of runs in the fifth to even the game at 2-2. Sounds' starter Daniel Gossett battled control issues and walked six in 4 2/3 innings.
Jeremy Bleich relieved Gossett in the fifth and stranded the bases loaded. Bleich went on to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings and picked up his first win of the season.
Extra-base hits by Mateo and Fowler helped Nashville get the lead for good in the fifth. Mateo tripled, and Fowler doubled, and each scored to make it 4-2.
Four straight reached safely for the Sounds to start the bottom of the seventh. Steve Lombardozzi knocked in a run with a double down the left field line, and Fowler followed with a two-run blast into The Band Box.
The Sounds travel to Colorado Springs to begin a four-game series against the Sky Sox Monday night. Right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-0, 0.69) starts for Nashville against right-hander Corbin Burnes (1-0, 5.23) for Colorado Springs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. CST.
- With today's 7-2 win, the Sounds improved to 12-11 on the season.
- The Sounds took three of five from the Baby Cakes and improved their home record to 8-4.
- Today's attendance of 10,128 is the third sellout of the season, and second in as many days. It's the 58th sellout in First Tennessee Park history.
- The triples by Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler today was the first time Nashville had at least two triples in a game this year.
- Center fielder Dustin Fowler went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Fowler leads the Sounds with nine multi-hit games.
The 2018 season is the Sounds' 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics' top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.
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