Nashville topples I-Cubs again, 8-6
The Nashville Sounds (14-11) continue their winning ways on the road tonight as they handed the Iowa Cubs (13-11) their second straight loss to the Sounds, and fifth overall. It was the third straight win for the Sounds, who are now 8-2 on the road this year. With the win, Nashville is just one full-game behind Memphis in the American North, Pacific Coast League.
Nashville’s ace Tim Dillard (5-0) posted his fifth straight victory this year in the 8-6 triumph. Reliever Chris Smith notched his fourth save of the year too. Iowa’s Mitch Atkins (1-3) took the loss.
Not only were the Sounds outhit by Iowa (10 to 8), but Nashville also allowed their opponent to have a big inning (i.e., 3 or more runs). Those two stats alone usually indicate the Sounds are going to be on the losing end of a game
It didn’t start out too well for the road warrior- Nashville Sounds tonight. After one inning the Sounds found themselves down 3-0. Three singles loaded the bases for the I-Cubs with one out in the first. Dillard then hit Jason Dubois and scored a run. Chris Robinson then followed with a double (6) scoring two more: 3-0 Iowa.
But the Sounds have been playing well in the early innings this year and came right back in their half of the second. With two runners on, due to a walk and fielding error, Angel Salome hit his first home run of the year to center field and just like that it was 3-3.
The Sounds struck back again in the third, taking the lead. A Gwynn single, a pass ball. Escobar singles and scores Gwynn. A two-out double by Koshansky (4) and the Sounds take the lead 5-3.
Nashville was not done. They scored three more runs in the 5th. Gwynn walked then stole (8) second. Escobar popped out and Gamel walked. Katin then hit into a force-out and the Sounds had runners on the corners with two outs. Koshansky got his second RBI when he hit an infield single to 2nd base scoring Gwynn. 6-3. Hot-hitting Salome came to the plate and struck again, this time a double (3) to center scoring Katin and Koshansky. Sounds 8-3.
Though Nashville did not score again, Iowa scored twice in the 6th and once in the 8th to make it closer. Two doubles and a single made the score 8-5 after six. Two more doubles by Iowa in the 8th made the final score 8-6.
Tonight’s offensive power was concentrated in catcher Angel Salome who went 2-4, scored a run, doubled, hit a home run and knocked in five RBIs.
Nashville continues their consistent performance in terms of knocking in runners in scoring position. They were 5 for 12 tonight.