Nashville right-hander Joe Palumbo tossed six hitless frames, yielding just two walks, and Sounds hitters smashed three home runs, while Storm Chasers shortstop Erick Mejia clubbed two hits, including a homer, in Omaha’s 4-2 defeat on Thursday evening at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
Palumbo (6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) set down 18 of the 20 batters he faced, with his lone blemishes a first-inning walk to Mejia and a fourth-inning free pass to RF Jorge Bonifacio. Mejia also ended Nashville’s no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the seventh prior to scoring on an RBI groundout Omaha’s first tally. He would later record his second knock of the night with a solo homer in the ninth.
Sounds relievers Joe Barlow (1.2 IP, H, R, ER, BB, 2 K), Jake Petricka (0.1 IP) and Reed Garrett (1.0 IP, H, R, ER) supported Palumbo by firing the final three frames, with Garrett notching his first save. Omaha starter JakeKalish (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 4 K), meanwhile, suffered the defeat.
Nashville C Jett Bandy delivered the contest’s initial blow in the second, the first of three longballs for the home side. Two frames later, SS Eli White crushed a solo blast of his own before 1B Ronald Guzman extended the advantage to three via an RBI single in the fifth. After Mejia came across in the seventh, RF Sounds Nick Solaksmacked a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to return the margin to three at 4-1.
Guzman (3-4, RBI) posted a game-high three hits, along with multi-hit efforts from Solak (2-4, R, HR, RBI) and White (2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI). Mejia’s (2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB) seventh-inning two-bagger and ninth inning big fly were Omaha’s only two hits of the evening. Storm Chasers 3B Kelvin Gutierrez saw his ten-game hit streak snapped after failing to reach base in four at-bats, ending an impressive stretch during which he accumulated a .488 batting average dating back to August 3.
The two teams are set to continue their three-game series in Nashville on Friday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm CT.