Durham, N.C. – A tightly contested game once again got away from the Nashville Sounds (69-61, 29-27) in the middle innings as they fell 6-2 loss to the Durham Bulls (75-57, 35-22) on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After starting their 12-game road trip with four
Durham, N.C. – A tightly contested game once again got away from the Nashville Sounds (69-61, 29-27) in the middle innings as they fell 6-2 loss to the Durham Bulls (75-57, 35-22) on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After starting their 12-game road trip with four consecutive wins, the Sounds dropped seven of the final eight contests.
The Bulls jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first when Curtis Mead crushed a two-run blast off Nashville starter Janson Junk. But Monte Harrison delivered an equalizing double to right field in the top of the second, scoring Payton Henry and Chris Roller.
However, Durham returned to the lead in the fourth, using a leadoff walk, a pair of doubles and a Nashville error to seize a 4-2 advantage that they would not relinquish. They added another tally in the sixth inning then pushed the lead to four with a pair of doubles in the eighth.
Junk (6-9) took his third loss in four starts, going 5.0 innings plus one batter while allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits. He matched a season high with seven strikeouts. Fernando Abad, Darrell Thompson, and Thyago Vieira handled the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
Henry and Harrison each contributed a pair of hits, with the latter knocking two doubles and picking up two RBI. Abraham Toro swiped a pair of bases for the first time in his professional career. Cam Devanney and Chris Roller added a hit each.
Nashville returns to the comfort of home for the first time in two weeks to start a six-game series against their intra-state rival Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday. Starters for the series opener are to be announced. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CDT from First Horizon Park.
- Recent addition Josh Donaldson played five innings in his first contest with the Sounds, going 0-for-2 with a walk and making a pair of plays at third base. Signed by Milwaukee on August 31, the former American League MVP was on New York-AL’s injured list with a right calf strain before his release on August 29.
- Keston Hiura extended his on-base streak to 27 games with a pair of walks. It is tied with Jon Singleton’s April 6 – May 10 span for the second-longest on-base streak by a Sounds player this season. He is batting .317 (33-for-104) with a .972 OPS dating back to July 28.
- Abraham Toro extended his on-base streak to 23 games with a walk. He is hitting .389 (35-for-90) with a 1.088 OPS during the streak dating back to July 9.
- The Sounds finish their second two-week road trip of 2023 with a 5-7 record, their first losing extended road trip since May 24 - June 5, 2022 (5-7 at Toledo, Durham).
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