The contest looked like it would be an offensive showdown all night long until rain began falling upon First Tennessee Park with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The game was called after an hour and seven minute delay with the Sounds claiming the advantage.
Oklahoma City jumped on top of Nashville starter Zach Neal rather quickly to begin the game. The Dodgers first three batters knocked the ball hard, producing a trio of hits. Darwin Barney had the RBI single to put the visiting team on top 1-0.
The Sounds evened it up in the home half of the second though. Jason Pridie hustled out a triple to start the frame after smacking a ball to dead center. Jake Smolinski followed in the next at-bat by driving him home with a double that rattled around the left field corner to put the score at 1-1.
Barney and the Dodgers snatched the advantage right back in the next inning. Oklahoma City’s designated hitter, who was 3-for-3 on the night, hit his second single of the game to lead off the third and scored when the Sounds turned a smooth double play.
Nashville refused to be outdone and batted around in a three-run fourth. Ryan Roberts doubled, Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch and Pridie followed with a single to pack the bags. Smolinski knotted the score at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly before Andy Parrino put the Sounds on top with a single. The scoring concluded when Nate Freiman hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield and gave Nashville a 4-2 lead.
It would be all the scoring the game would see once the rain came in the fifth. The two-run cushion was enough to help Neal get another victory.
The right-hander had a few hiccups along the way, but earned his team-leading sixth win. The 26-year old went five innings, striking out six and giving up two runs on seven hits. Neal is the quickest to six wins for the Sounds this season, doing so in just nine games of action.
Nashville continues its eight-game homestand on Tuesday and welcomes the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to First Tennessee Park. The Sounds will hand the ball to Brad Mills (3-7, 3.21) in the series opener and the Sky Sox will counter with Nick Additon. The four-game set will include The Tennessean T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway, Salute to 80’s Night on Wednesday and Fox 17 Independence Day Fireworks presented by the Nashville International Airport on July 3.