Louisville, Kentucky – The Nashville Sounds earned one of their most dominating wins of the season on Wednesday night, wiping out the Louisville Bats, 17-1, at Louisville Slugger Field and moving their magic number to 3.0 games to clinch a division title .
They lead Toledo by 4.5 games with six games to play, while Toledo has eight games to play. Josh Lindblom pitched seven scoreless innings, and Brian Navarreto drove in five runs and was one of three Sounds to homer in the team’s most lopsided win of the year.
Lindblom (9-7) pitched his sixth straight quality start. He struck out his first 11 batters and allowed no hits until a one-out single in the sixth inning. He scattered just three hits — all singles — in the gem, walked three and struck out nine.
Then the Sounds scored seven runs in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run single from Navarreto and a three-run home run by Sal Frelick, who moved his on-base streak to 38 games with the explosion. Leading 11-0 in the eighth, the Sounds added three more. Patrick Dorrian scored on an error, Navarreto tackled one with a defender’s pick and Brice Turang hit a sacrifice fly.
After the Bats broke the shutout late in the eighth against Cam Robinson, the Sounds added three more in the ninth. Weston Wilson drilled an RBI double against the wall and Navarreto broke a two-run homer to make it 17-1.
The six-game series continues Thursday night at 5:35 p.m. CT. Left-hander Robert Gasser (1-1, 4.11) is expected to start for the Sounds (87-56), and left-hander Brandon Williamson (1-4, 4.50) is expected to start for the Bats (57-87).
- At 87-56, the Sounds are a season-high 31 games above .500 for the second time.
- Sal Frelick has homered in consecutive games and four times in his last eight games…his 38-game on-base streak is the longest active streak in the International League and the 2nd longest in the league this year (Jake Cave , 49, St. Paul).
- Brian Navarreto’s 5 RBI tied his career high (8/6/17 for Chattanooga vs. Jacksonville).
- Josh Lindblom is 5-0 with a 1.70 ERA (7er/37ip) on his six-straight quality starts streak… he leads the Sounds in quality starts with 10.
- The Sounds’ 7-run 6th inning tied their highest single-inning run total of the year (8th inning, 4/13 to Gwinnett).
- The 17-1 win was the Sounds’ season high for points scored and was their biggest winning margin this season… their previous biggest winning margin was 10 points, made three times, including against Louisville on 5 /21 (17- Sept).
The Nashville Sounds are the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and play at First Horizon Park. Single match tickets are now on sale for all home games in 2022.
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