The Nashville Sounds rallied past the Omaha Storm Chasers with a three-run rally in the seventh inning to score a 5-3 win in front of a sellout crowd of 10,098 at First Tennessee Park Friday night. The win for Nashville was their eighth over the last nine games.
Trailing 3-2 into the bottom of the seventh, the first six batters reached safely for the Sounds. After back-to-back singles to start the inning by Christian Lopes and Nick Solak, Zack Granite's base hit to center field evened the game at 3-3.
Omaha elected to intentionally walk Ronald Guzman to load the bases and it came back to hurt when Ofreidy Gomez walked Andy Ibanez to force in the go-ahead run. Scott Heineman provided an insurance run with a run-scoring single to give the Sounds a 5-3 lead.
Nashville's bullpen trio of Kyle Bird, James Jones and Jake Petricka protected the lead with three shutout innings to lock down the win. Bird picked up the win, Jones earned a hold in his Nashville debut and Petricka recorded his sixth save of the season.
Tim Dillard started in another record-breaking appearance for the right-hander. Tonight's game was the 239th in his Sounds career, surpassing Joey Vierra who was the all-time franchise leader with 238. Dillard turned in his team-high eighth quality start with six innings of three-run ball.
The two teams exchanged single tallies in the second. Chase d'Arnaud homered for Omaha and Heineman had a run-scoring double for Nashville.
Omaha scored in the third and fourth to take a 3-1 lead. It remained that way until Guzman launched a solo blast to left-center field to trim the deficit to 3-2. It was Guzman's fourth long ball with Nashville.
The Sounds broke the game open after Omaha starter Arnaldo Hernandez exited after six solid frames.
Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Saturday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Seth Maness (7-4, 5.85) starts for the Sounds against left-hander Foster Griffin (7-5, 5.43) for the Storm Chasers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
- With tonight's 5-3 win, the Sounds improved to 55-66 in 2019.
- Tim Dillard pitched in his 239th game with the Nashville Sounds to become the all-time franchise leader in games pitched. He surpassed Joey Vierra's 238 appearances.
- Ronald Guzman hit his 4th home run with the Sounds and extended Nashville's streak to 17 straight games with a home run. The team has hit a total of 31 in the 17-game stretch.
- Nick Solak extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the seventh inning. Solak is hitting .415 (27-for-65) with 13 runs scored, 4 doubles, 6 home runs and 18 RBI during the streak.
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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