The Nashville Sounds battled the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the weather in a rain-shortened 3-1 win in front of 8,871 fans Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
The two teams got six full innings in the books before play was halted and eventually called due to rain and unplayable field conditions.
After a two-hour, three-minute rain delay to start the game, Sounds' (3-3) starter Michael Brady took on Trevor Oaks for the Dodgers (2-4). The two hurlers blanked the opposition in the opening inning.
Oklahoma City got the scoring started when third baseman Rob Segedin launched a solo homer to left field to make it 1-0. Brady shut down the Dodgers for the remainder of his four innings.
Nashville's Ryan Lavarnway drew a walk to start the home half of the fifth. Bruce Maxwell followed with a double to the left-center gap to put Lavarnway at third with nobody out. The rally continued when Kenny Wilson lined a base hit to right field, scoring Lavarnway to even the game at 1-1.
One batter later, Franklin Barreto bounced into a 6-4 fielder's choice to score Maxwell and give the Sounds a 2-1 lead. Dodgers started Trevor Oaks was charged with the two runs and was tagged with the loss.
Madison Younginer was summoned to face the Sounds in the sixth and was greeted by Renato Nunez who blasted his second home run in as many days - a solo blast to left-center to give the Sounds a 3-1 lead.
Josh Smith worked in relief of Brady and was dynamite out of the bullpen. The right-hander tossed two shutout innings and struck out four in the process. He picked up his first win of the season.
The Sounds are now 24-16 all-time in home openers.
Game two of the four-game set is scheduled for Wednesday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Daniel Gossett (0-0, 1.80) starts for Nashville against right-hander Wilmer Font (0-1, 10.80) for Oklahoma City. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.
The 2017 season is the Sounds' 40th in franchise history and their third as the Oakland Athletics' top affiliate. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.
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