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Sounds Split Twin Bill In Iowa| Wendle And McBride Lead Sounds To Game Two Win

The Nashville Sounds split their doubleheader with the Iowa Cubs losing 3-0 in game one and taking game two 7-4 Thursday night at Principal Park.

The Sounds took the early 1-0 lead in game two when Joey Wendle batted home Matt Olson on a RBI fielder’s choice in the second inning. The Sounds then plated four runs in the third, highlighted by a bases clearing three-run double from Matt McBride to put the Sounds up 4-0. Wendle then singled up the middle to score McBride from second to put the Sounds up 5-0.

Iowa bounced back scoring two runs in the bottom half of the third. Vimael Machin singled to lead off the inning for the Cubs and was followed by John Andreoli who hit a double to center. With runners at second and third, Juan Perez hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Machin from third. Mark Zagunis then grounded out to second and Andreoli came in to score to shrink the Sounds lead to 5-2.

The Cubs inched closer as they pushed a run across in the bottom of the fourth inning. David Freitas hit a sacrifice fly to left field by scoring Matt Murton to draw the Cubs within two, 5-3.

Nashville added a pair in the fifth to extend their lead to 7-3. Renato Nunez singled to left to lead off the inning for the Sounds and was followed by walks to Ryon Healy, and McBride. Wendle then walked with the bases loaded to allow scoring Nunez to put the Sounds up 6-3. Tyler Ladendorf then hit an infield single to score Healy from third, and the Sounds led 7-3.

Iowa picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Frietas singled to left to score Murton to bring the Cubs within three, as they trailed 7-4 after six.

Tucker Healy came on in the seventh inning to get the final three outs and preserve the 7-4 win while picking up his fifth save as a Sound. Aaron Kurcz who came in for the injured Eduard Santos in the second inning picked up his fourth win as a Sound.

Iowa took game one as they shutout the Sounds 3-0.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in game one of the doubleheader in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mark Zegunis doubled to left field to lead off the inning for the I-Cubs. Matt Murton then walked to batters later to have runners at the corners for Jeimer Candelario. Candelario then singled to right to score Zegunis as the Cubs took the lead.

Nashville had an opportunity late to tie or take the lead but left the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, however, Cubs reliever Miguel Mejia struck out Matt Olson and Matt McBride to end the Sounds threat.

Iowa added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth of game one to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Dan Vogelbach walked to lead off the inning for the I-Cubs and Murton followed with a single to left. Juan Perez then doubled to left to score Kristopher Negron who pinch ran for Vogelbach to put Iowa up 2-0. Sounds reliever Patrick Schuster inherited a bases loaded situation from starter Chris Smith who went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on 8 hits. Schuster was able to get Munenori Kawasaki to ground into a fielder’s choice. Schuster then walked Andreoli with the bases loaded to make the score 3-0.

The series concludes Friday night from Principal Park as the Sounds will send right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-3, 3.55) and the Cubs will counter with right-hander Drew Rucinski (4-6, 5.84). First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. CST.

The 2016 season is the Sounds‘ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting


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