Romero Sends Nashville Home Happy, Again

Sounds6For the second straight night, Niuman Romero led the Nashville Sounds to a strange 4-3 walk-off victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers at First Tennessee Park.

The night prior, Romero hit a blooper to center that Rey Fuentes booted allowing Anthony Aliotti to score from first to win the game. This time around, Romero was hit by a Louis Coleman pitch with the bases loaded and Jason Pridie scored to send the Nashville faithful home happy with an extra inning win.

Pridie carried the Sounds offense all night long, tallying his first four-hit game of the season. He helped jump start the attack in the bottom of the third after Ryan Roberts and Dayan Viciedo doubled. Pridie followed suit making it three doubles in a row, giving the Sounds a 2-0 lead.

Omaha spent little time cutting the deficit, tagging Sounds starter Cody Martin for a two-out run in the top of the fourth when Brett Eibner doubled in Balbino Fuenmayor. Fuenmayor would tie the game up the following inning, driving in Fuentes.

Martin pitched into the sixth inning, mixing his pitches effectively to strike out six batters in his home debut. He did make a mistake to Eibner that ultimately ended his game however. The outfielder jumped on Martin’s delivery crushing the pitch out of First Tennessee Park and giving the visiting team a 3-2 lead. Phil Coke made his Sounds debut in relief and fared well, pitching 1 2/3 innings surrendering a hit and registering a strikeout.

After previously being stranded at third twice earlier in the night, Pridie singled to advance Viciedo to third with no outs in the eighth inning. Troy Patton then quickly tallied two outs and suddenly it appeared the Sounds would once again leave a man in scoring position. Aliotti had other ideas however, singling home Viciedo to tie the game.

Like Martin, Aaron Kurcz also made his First Tennessee Park debut and he was masterful. The right-hander threw three scoreless innings of relief earning his first victory in a Sounds uniform.

The two teams will look to finish up their four-game set Sunday night at First Tennessee Park. Chris Bassitt will face off with Yohan Pino in a battle of right-handers with major league service time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.