NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Starting pitcher Wily Peralta tossed seven scoreless frames and Nashville plated four seventh-inning runs en route to a 4-1 victory over the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Monday evening at Greer Stadium.
With the victory, the Sounds (36-49) extended their winning streak to four games, matching the club's longest of the year (third occurrence).
Peralta (4-8) recorded his third win in his last four outings and matched a Sounds and personal season high with his seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out six in his 87-pitch effort. The 23-year-old allowed only one Cubs baserunner to reach second base during his outing. Peralta, who entered the contest with a PCL-high 48 walks, did not issue a free pass for the first time all season.
Iowa starter Chris Rusin matched Peralta's quality start with one of his own, working six scoreless frames, allowing four hits, and striking out five. The southpaw took a no-decision for his efforts, though.
The Sounds finally broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with four runs against Cubs reliever Jeff Beliveau.
Maysonet drew a one-out walk and lumbered around to score the night's first run on catcher Dayton Buller's RBI double into the left field corner. The rally continued as pinch-hitter Corey Patterson followed with a run-scoring single to center before Schafer tripled off the right field wall to bring him home for a 3-0 Nashville advantage. Schafer scored the fourth and final run two batters later when Jeff Bianchi ripped an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
Iowa finally got on the scoreboard with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. After Adrian Cardenas reached on a fielder's choice, Josh Vitters smashed an RBI double to the gap in right-center off Sounds reliever Juan Perez to make it a 4-1 contest. Perez recovered to strike out Blake DeWitt to end the contest.
Beliveau (2-5) was saddled with the loss after surrendering four runs in just one-third of an inning of work, retiring only one of his five batters faced in the contest.
The teams wrap up the series with a 7:05 p.m. finale on Tuesday evening. Right-hander Mark Rogers (3-5, 5.68) will man the bump to face Iowa right-hander Randy Wells (2-2, 7.71). After the on-field action, the Sounds' annual Independence Day fireworks spectacular will light up the sky.