Nashville Pops Round Rock 9-3

Sounds RF Hunter Cole Fuels Victory with Three RBI

(Andy Nietupski)

By Stevie Golding / Round Rock Express | May 18, 2019 12:14 AM

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Nashville Sounds (14-26) earned their first win over the Round Rock Express (25-15) since the beginning of April by a 9-3 final score on Friday night at Dell Dimond. The Sounds used 12 hits and three multi-run innings to start the weekend with a victory.

Round Rock RHP Cy Sneed (1-5, 6.30) suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on four hits in a 1.2 inning start. On the winning side, Sounds RHP Tim Dillard (2-2, 5.60) held the Express to two runs on nine hits and three punchouts in 5.0 innings pitched.

After a quiet first inning, the Sounds made their presence known as they drove in three runs before the Express defense could retire the second. Nashville SS Eli White worked a walk in the inning's first at-bat then advanced to third on a Jose Trevino base hit before scoring on a Hunter Cole RBI single. Sounds leadoff hitter LF Zack Granite then singled Trevino home, followed by Cole, who would eventually touch home after 3B Patrick Wisdom worked a bases-loaded walk.

Nashville widened the gap the next inning, starting with a White base hit. The next Sounds duo, Trevino and DH Chase d'Arnaud , each reached base on fielder's choice plays, setting up Cole for an RBI single that would plate White. For the second time this evening, a bases-loaded walk forced a Sounds batter home and extended the visitors lead to 5-0.

The E-Train finally found the scoreboard in the home half of the third, as SS Alex De Goti crushed a leadoff double prior to a Derek Fisher RBI single. The next two at-bats, CF Myles Straw and LF Yordan Alvarez worked together to advance Fisher home with a pair of singles, cutting the deficit to 5-2.

The Sounds drove in three consecutive runs in the fifth inning beginning with a trio of singles prior to a DeSheilds bases-loaded walk. Former Express and current Sounds 2B Andy Ibanez then notched an RBI single of his own, followed by a Patrick Wisdom sacrifice fly that gave the visitors an 8-2 lead.

Nashville kept the runs coming in the sixth when Cole notched an RBI double, scoring Trevino after he singled. In the bottom of the ninth, Fisher smoked a solo homer to get one run back, but the Express ultimately fell to the Sounds by a 9-3 final.

The Express meet the Sounds for game three on Saturday night at Dell Diamond. Round Rock LHP Ryan Hartman (5-0, 3.82) is slated to start, while the Sounds plan to counter with RHP Seth Maness (1-1, 4.76). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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