From The Nashville Sounds –
OKLAHOMA CITY – Led by Sean Manaea’s 11 strikeouts, the Nashville Sounds edged the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-1, Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The left-hander was two strikeouts shy of tying his career-best 13 he set last season with Double-A Midland. The lone run he allowed was a solo homer hit by James Ramsey in the second inning.
Nashville built a lead before Manaea even took the mound. For the second straight night, Tyler Ladendorf started the game with a base hit and came around to score. This time it was Renato Nunez who drove in Ladendorf with a single up the middle to make it 1-0.
Manaea then got off to a roaring start when he struck out the side in the bottom of the first.
The Sounds added to their lead when Matt McBride reached on a two-out single in the second. It was quickly followed by a two-run homer by Joey Wendle, his first of the season to make it 3-0.
Ramsey’s homer made it a 3-1 game, but Nashville wasted little time erasing it. Nunez belted a mammoth solo homer to deep left field to put the lead back up to 4-1.
From there, Manaea went into cruise control. He struck out one batter in every inning, including two in the fifth and sixth frames. He left with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth in favor of Eduard Santos.
The right-handed reliever came on and retired Alex Hassan on a pop-up to preserve the 4-1 lead.
Rangel Ravelo gave the Sounds an insurance run in the eighth when he lined a base hit to left to score Jake Smolinski.
Santos tossed a scoreless eighth and continued with the same in the ninth. He finished the night with a 4-6-3 double play to send the Sounds to consecutive wins – the first time doing so in the 2016 season.
Game three of the four-game series is set for Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City. Right-hander Chris Smith (0-1, 5.73) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Zach Lee (2-0, 1.50). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.