Nashville, Tenn. – The Oklahoma City RedHawks (2-5) scored an early unearned run for a 1-0 lead, but four errors proved too costly as the Nashville Sounds (5-2) came from behind for a 6-1 win in front of 2,511 Wednesday afternoon at Greer Stadium.
Sounds reliever Tim Dillard (2-0) picked up the winning decision, inheriting three runners in the sixth inning before inducing an infield fly and a force out to get out of the inning. RedHawks starter Sergio Perez (0-1) took a tough luck loss after giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits over six innings. Perez walked one with seven strikeouts in the losing decision.
Oklahoma City scored an unearned run in the second inning against Nashville starter Mark Rogers. Tommy Manzella reached third on a dropped fly ball by centerfielder Brett Carroll, and then scored on a fielder’s choice from Anderson Hernandez for a 1-0 score.
The lead remained through the strong Perez start until the RedHawks defense unraveled in the sixth inning. With one out, third baseman Oswaldo Navarro misplayed a Carroll groundball for an error. In frustration, Navarro committed another error when he tried to pick up the baseball, flipping it across the infield into first base four territory, allowing Carroll time to move to third base on the second error of the play. Brandon Boggs next singled home Carroll to tie the score 1-1. Martin Maldonado then doubled home Boggs for a 2-1 Nashville lead.
The Sounds added four runs in the seventh inning. Wesley Wright entered from the RedHawks bullpen, and issued a walk, gave up an Eric Farris double and walked Mat Gamel to leave the bases loaded. Ross Wolf entered in relief and allowed a Carroll single to drive in two runs, before a Brandon Boggs RBI hit opened a 5-1 lead. With runners at first and third and one out, Maldonado struck out. When Boggs was caught in a rundown, Carroll scored from third before Boggs was tagged for the final out of the inning, opening a 6-1 Sounds lead.
RedHawks LH Ryan Rowland-Smith will face Sounds RH Josh Butler in the series finale Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Live radio coverage is available on AM 1340 The Game, online at 1340thegame.com and through the IHeartRadio application on mobile devices.
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