Sounds shortstop Yairo Munoz smashed three hits, which included a longball, and drove in five runs, right fielder Mark Canha continued his solid series with three hits and three runs scored and Omaha designated hitter Frank Schwindel tallied four knocks in Nashville's 11-5 victory over the Storm Chasers on Saturday evening at Werner Park.
Munoz's two-run shot capped a four-run first frame for the Sounds, which began with a sacrifice fly from Renato Nunez . Nashville got their second tally of the inning by taking advantage of a Storm Chasers fielding miscue. The score would remain 4-0 until the sixth, when Munoz collected his third RBI with a double to center, before coming across via C Beau Taylor 's run-scoring base knock to right.
Omaha got on the board in the last of the sixth when 3B Garin Cecchini clubbed a solo shot to right, his fourth of 2017. Munoz struck again in the seventh, however, capping his five RBI night by lofting a two-run double off the center field wall to make it 8-1. Nashville later added two more runs in the eighth, in addition to 1B Matt McBride capping their scoring in the ninth with a solo blast.
Schwindel tallied his fourth hit of the evening as part of a four-run eighth frame for the Storm Chasers. 2B Dean Anna and C Brayan Pena also added run-scoring base knocks, in addition to LF Terrance Gore lifting a sacrifice fly to center. Schwindel (4-4, 2B, RBI) and Cecchini (2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI) each posted multi-hit efforts for Omaha, while Munoz (3-5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI), Canha (3-5, 3 R, 2B), McBride (3-6, 2 R, HR, RBI) and CF Jaff Decker (2-4, BB) recorded two or more knocks as well.
Sounds reliever Josh Smith (3.0 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the victory to improve to 3-1 in support of starter Frank Montas (4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K), who fired the first four scoreless frames. Nashville righty Kyle Finnegan (1.2 IP, BB, 2 K) notched his first save, while Omaha starter Onelki Garcia (5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, ER, 3 BB, 7 K) suffered the defeat to fall to 1-2.
The two teams are scheduled to complete their four-game set with a Sunday matinee, scheduled for a 2:05 p.m. first pitch. LHP Eric Skoglund (2-4, 4.42) is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers, with the Sounds expected to send RHP Chris Bassitt (1-1, 7.24) to the hill as part of a Major League Rehab Assignment.
Tickets are still available for that game and all remaining Storm Chasers contests, and may be purchased at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets, as well as by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100. To view Ticket Office hours, please click here.
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