From the Nashville Sounds –
EL PASO, Texas – The Nashville Sounds fell just shy of a series sweep in a 5-2 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas Sunday night at Southwest University Park.
Bidding for their fourth series sweep of the season after dominating the first three games of the set, the Sounds (52-43) went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left the bases loaded in the ninth. It was the theme of the night for Nashville as they left 11 runners on base in the setback.
It looked promising early as Colin Walsh gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he belted a solo homer off Chihuahuas’ (54-40) starter Michael Kelly.
Chris Smith was dialed in against El Paso’s lineup in the early going. He worked around a bases loaded situation in the second and kept the Chihuahuas off the scoreboard for the first four innings.
Trouble found him in the fifth when Manuel Margot started the inning with a single to left field. He swiped second base and moved to third when Carlos Asauje singled to left.
It put two runners on for Hunter Renfroe who deposited a pitch from Smith over the left field wall for a three-run homer. His 22nd home run of the season gave the Chihuahuas a 3-1 lead.
The scored stayed 3-1 until the seventh when the Sounds drew closer thanks to a costly error. With Walsh at second and Bruce Maxwell at first with two outs, Jaycob Brugman lifted a fly ball toward the left field line. El Paso left fielder Auston Bousfield dropped the ball allowing Walsh to score easily. However, Maxwell was thrown out at the plate trying to even the game.
In the eighth, El Paso’s Diego Goris provided the Chihuahuas with two big insurance runs when he lined an offering from J.B. Wendleken up the middle to score Austin Hedges and Jabari Blash.
Trailing 5-2 in the top of the ninth, Maxwell, Arismendy Alcantara and Brugman collected three straight one-out singles to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
The rally flamed out as right-hander Michael Dimock struck out Chad Pinder and retired Max Muncy on a pop up to end it.
Alcantara extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 showing. Smith was charged with the loss to drop him to 5-8 while Kelly got the win to improve to 5-0.
The Sounds head to Albuquerque to open a four-game set with the Isotopes Monday night at Isotopes Park. Left-hander Dillon Overton (10-4, 2.98) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Christian Bergman (1-2, 4.34) for the Isotopes. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CST.