From Press Release
Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville Sounds (19-28) scored the deciding runs in the eighth inning in a 3-1 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks (21-27) before 6,119 Friday night at Greer Stadium.
Nashville reliever Jim Henderson (2-1) dealt two perfect innings for the winning decision. Nashville starter Frankie de la Cruz allowed one run and four hits over six innings. Oklahoma City starter Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-4) took the loss and was charged with three runs and five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in a season-long seven and one-thirds innings. Sounds closer Mark DiFelice (6) saved the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
For the sixth consecutive game, the RedHawks scored first. In the first inning Anderson Hernandez singled, moved to second on a balk and scored on a two-out double from Drew Locke for a 1-0 lead.
Nashville tied the game in the fourth inning when Mat Gamel belted a leadoff home run to right field, tying the score 1-1.
In the eighth inning Caleb Gindl reached on a fielder’s choice with one out, moved to second on an Eric Farris single off Rowland-Smith, and to third on a Brett Carroll single against reliever David Carpenter. Gindl then scored on a Carpenter wild pitch to give Nashville a 2-1 lead. Brendan Katin next singled in Farris for a 3-1 score.
RedHawks catcher Robinson Cancel finished 0-for-3 with a walk, ending a season-long hitting streak at 17 games.
RedHawks LH Gustavo Chacin will make the start against RH Josh Butler in game two of the series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Live radio coverage is available on AM 1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com and through the IHeartRadio application on mobile devices.