Seth Maness was solid on the mound and Carlos Tocci made two spectacular diving catches to help the Nashville Sounds to a 3-2 win over the Las Vegas Aviators in front of a sellout crowd of 11,108 at First Tennessee Park Friday night.
Maness limited the prolific Las Vegas offense to just one run in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits and struck out a pair. Maness got a no-decision, but the Sounds improved to 7-2 in games he has started.
Las Vegas got on the board first with three of the six hits coming in the third inning. Sheldon Neuse, Corban Joseph and Jonah Heim collected hits, and Heim's RBI double gave the Aviators a 1-0 lead.
Nashville's first rally of the night was in the fifth inning when Tyler Pill, Carlos Tocci and Jett Bandy reached safely in three straight at-bats. With Pill at second and Tocci at first, Bandy ripped a double down the left field line to score both runners to give the Sounds a 3-2 lead.
Chris Herrmann evened the game at 2-2 with a solo homer to lead off the top of the seventh.
The Sounds rallied again in their half of the inning. Tocci and Bandy were at the center of it with a single and hit-by-pitch. Bandy's hit-by-pitch came back to hurt Las Vegas when he came around to score from second on Zack Granite's RBI single.
Reliever Reed Garrett was summoned for the eighth and worked around a one-out single by Jorge Mateo to put up a zero. With two outs and Mateo at second base, Nick Martini hit a sinking line drive to center field that was caught by a diving Tocci in shallow center.
David Carpenter got the ball in the ninth and made quick work of the Aviators. The right-hander struck out the side to send the Sounds to their second consecutive series win.
The Sounds welcome the Salt Lake Bees to begin a four-game series Saturday night at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Wes Benjamin (1-5, 7.26) starts for Nashville against right-hander Adrian De Horta (0-1, 6.86) for Salt Lake. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.
- With tonight's 3-2 win, the Sounds improved to 27-40 on the season.
- The Sounds improved to 7-2 in games Seth Maness starts.
- Willie Calhoun's 16-game hitting streak came to an end. He went 0-for-2 with a walk.
- The 11,108 in attendance marked the ninth sellout of the season at First Tennessee Park.
- David Carpenter remained perfect in save opportunities (8-for-8) with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
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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