Behind a four-run eighth inning, the Omaha Storm Chasers came from behind to hand the Nashville Sounds their fourth-straight home loss, 5-3 on Saturday night.
It was a historic night at beautiful First Tennessee Park as the facility reached capacity for the third-straight night. The sellout streak is a record for Nashville baseball during the PCL era (1998 – present).
Nashville fell behind 1-0 early and they did not record a hit until the fifth inning. Niuman Romero ended the cold spell with a single, but was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a Craig Gentry double. Fortunately for the Sounds, next batter Joey Wendle doubled to score Gentry and tie the game. Wendle now leads the Sounds with 27 extra-base hits, while Gentry extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games.
Five years to the date that Dayan Viciedo made his major league debut, he made another debut: his first game with the Sounds. The Cuban slugger went 1-for-5 in his first game, including a triple in the sixth inning. He would score on a sacrifice fly by the next batter Jason Pridie, and the Sounds led 2-1.
Chris Bassitt pitched excellent for the Sounds, surrendering just one run on three hits in his first seven innings, but he ran into some bad luck in the eighth inning.
Omaha’s first three batters in the frame reached, allowing the Storm Chasers to tie the game at two and ending Bassitt’s day. Ryan Cook came out of the bullpen and unfortunately encountered similar misfortune. Paulo Orlando reached on a bunt single, loading the bases. Next man up, Cheslor Cuthbert then delivered a massive blow, taking Cook’s fastball the other way, doubling down the right-field line. Two runs scored, both of which were charged to Bassitt who took the loss (2-6). The Storm Chasers would add another run in the frame to make it 5-2.
Scary moment in the bottom of the ninth as Alden Carrithers was hit in the head by a fastball. The Sounds utility man was ultimately fine and stayed in the game. The Sounds would add a run in the frame courtesy of a Wendle RBI single, but would leave two on base as they fell to their fourth straight defeat.
The Sounds and Storm Chasers will finish up their four-game set tomorrow on Father’s Day. Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.40) gets the ball for Nashville. He will be opposed by Andy Ferguson (1-2, 5.68). The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive baseball hats courtesy of Advanced Financial. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05.