Anthony García's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Nashville Sounds to a dramatic, come-from-behind, 6-5 win over the Round Rock Express in front of 6,215 fans at First Tennessee Park Monday night. The win extended Nashville's winning streak to 14 games, one shy of matching
Anthony García's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Nashville Sounds to a dramatic, come-from-behind, 6-5 win over the Round Rock Express in front of 6,215 fans at First Tennessee Park Monday night. The win extended Nashville's winning streak to 14 games, one shy of matching a franchise record 15 games set in 1999.
The Sounds erased a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to score their eighth walk-off win of the season.
Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Dustin Fowler sparked a rally with his second hit of the night - a sharp single to right-center. Franklin Barreto and Garcia added singles to cut the deficit to 5-2. An error by Round Rock second baseman Christian Lopes extended the inning and brought in another run to make it 5-3. BJ Boyd followed with an RBI single to left-field to make it a one-run game at 5-4.
The bullpen tandem of Jeremy Bleich and Dean Kiekhefer kept the game within reach. Starter James Naile allowed five runs over seven innings. After Naile exited, Bleich worked a perfect eighth inning and Kiekhefer put up a zero in the top of the ninth.
Facing former Sounds hurler R.J. Alvarez, Jorge Mateo started the ninth inning rally with a walk. The speedster stayed at first as Fowler and Lombardozzi were retired for the first two outs in the inning. Barreto followed and worked the count to 2-1 before ripping a double into the left-center gap, chasing Mateo home from first with the game-tying run.
Garcia took a first-pitch strike before lining a base hit down the left-field line to easily score Barreto from second to give the Sounds a 6-5 win.
Game two of the four-game series is scheduled for Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Frankie Montas (3-5, 4.47) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.71) for the Express. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
- With tonight's 6-5 win, the Sounds improved to 65-55 on the season.
- The Sounds extended their season-best winning streak to 14 games and have set a season-high mark of 10 games over .500.
- The 14-game winning streak is the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.
- Tonight's walk-off win was Nashville's eighth of the season.
- The four-run comeback win was Nashville's second-largest comeback win of the season (5 runs - 7/30 at Salt Lake).
- Dustin Fowler had another multi-hit effort, his sixth straight multi-hit game and 22nd in 40 games with the Sounds.
- Dean Kiekhefer threw a scoreless ninth inning and improved to 8-0 on the season.
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.