BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
Aug. 30, 2017 | Omaha Storm Chasers 4, Nashville Sounds 3, F/11 | Pacific Coast League (AAA)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kansas City Royals No. 3 Prospect, Hunter Dozier, came through in the 11th inning with an RBI-single to give the Omaha Storm Chasers a 4-3 extra innings win over the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.
With two outs in the 11th inning, Dozier was the hero of the night as he drove in Ramon Torres for the winning run. Sam Selman came in for the bottom half and finished the game off with three-straight strikeouts to pick up his third save of the year.
Earlier in the game, Nashville got on the board first with a Beau Taylor RBI-single in the second. In the same at-bat, Taylor unleashed his inner Roy Hobbs with a foul ball that shattered a lightbulb over the left field upper deck.
Omaha took a 3-1 lead in the next half inning as they tallied five runs in the third. Luis Villegas drove in the first run with a single, Torres tacked on the second with a sac-fly, and Frank Schwindel drove in the third with a single before being tossed out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.
The Sounds tied the game up in the seventh with back-to-back RBI from Franklin Barreto and Renato Nunez. Nashville had the best chance at scoring before extras when they left two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth.
Seth Maness picked up the win with four innings of scoreless relief. Maness allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out five.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Felix Doubront pitched 2.2 scoreless for the Sounds with five strikeouts, but was relieved in the 11th for Lou Trivino, who allowed the winning run.
Both Omaha and Nashville will fall short of the Pacific Coast League playoffs, but a number of players in action on Wednesday may show up on major league rosters during September call ups. Of those who played, Torres, Dozier, and Billy Burns could see time with the Royals, while Barreto and Nunez are likely to be called up to the Oakland Athletics.
The Storm Chasers will look to complete a four-game sweep of Nashville on the road Thursday.
Omaha Storm Chasers (67-70) 003 000 000 01 – 4 11 0
Nashville Sounds (64-71) 010 000 200 00 – 3 8 1
8/28 Omaha 3, Nashville 2
8/29 Omaha 9, Nashville 3
8/30 Omaha 4, Nashville 3, F/11
8/31 Omaha at Nashville
Omaha Storm Chasers (KC)
#3 Hunter Dozier 1/5, RBI, 2 K .247/.333/.479, 3 HR, 11 RBI
#24 Ramon Torres 0/4, R, RBI, SF, SB .296/.327/.389, 5 HR, 39 RBI
Nashville Sounds (OAK)
# 1 Franklin Barreto 3/3, RBI, 2 BB .290/.339/.456, 15 HR, 54 RBI
#18 Renato Nunez 0/3, RBI, SF .253/.314/.523, 32 HR, 78 RBI
#21 Joey Wendle 0/5, K .281/.325/.428, 8 HR, 50 RBI
First Tennessee Park is in downtown Nashville. Ticket and concession prices are slightly higher than average, likely due to the park being in its third year of use. It may hold the best scoreboard in baseball with scoreboard/video board in the shape of a guitar, a homage to the team’s name and the city’s culture.
The Sounds held college night for Belmont University.
Montgomery Biscuits at Chattanooga Lookouts on Aug. 31.