Nashville shortstop Josh Rodriguez and right fielder Jaycob Brugman combined for six hits, including three homers and eight runs batted in, while Omaha designated hitter Hunter Dozier and second baseman Whit Merrifield each homered in the Sounds’ 13-7 victory over the Storm Chasers on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park.
Rodriguez (2-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI) left the yard twice and drove in five runs, while Brugman (4-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB) slapped a game-high four hits, one of which was a longball. Through the first two games of the series versus Omaha, the duo has combined for 12 hits in 17 at-bats, along with seven extra-base hits and 12 RBI.
C Matt McBride (3-5, R, BB), 2B Joey Wendle (3-6, R, 2B) and 1B Matt Olson (2-6, 2B, RBI) also recorded multi-hit efforts for Nashville in the victory. Dozier (2-3, R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB) and Merrifield (3-3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB) were the lone Storm Chasers batters to tally two or more knocks.
Dozier drove in the first of his four RBI with an RBI double to the right-center field gap in the first that knotted the contest at 1-1. He would later give the Storm Chasers a 6-4 lead thanks to a three-run blast down the left field line in the fifth. From that point on, however, the Sounds would total nine runs between the sixth to eighth frames, though Merrifield would launch a solo shot in the last of the eighth.
The Storm Chasers over their last two home games has totaled five home runs after being held without a roundtripper over their previous seven contests at Werner Park. Dozier has also left the yard in back-to-back games, smashing a total of 23 big flies this season, 15 of which have come with Omaha.
Neither Sounds starter Jharel Cotton (5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, BB, 5 SO), nor Storm Chasers righty Jake Junis (4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO) factored in the final decisions. Nashville reliever Eduardo Santos (2.0 IP, H, 4 SO) earned his first victory with two scoreless innings, while Omaha southpaw John Lannan (3.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO) suffered the defeat.
The two teams are set to square off in the third game of their four-game set Monday evening at Werner Park. The Storm Chasers have not yet announced their starting pitcher, while LHP Dillon Overton (11-5, 3.48) is expected to toe the rubber for Nashville. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.