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Dodgers Crush Sounds at First Tennessee Park

The Nashville Sounds were “ruffed up” by the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a 16-1 loss in front of 7,113 fans at First Tennessee Park Tuesday night.

Oklahoma City hitters launched five home runs off Nashville pitching, including four off starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Trouble started in the first inning when Bibens-Dirkx walked the first three batters of the game. DJ Peters knocked in two runs with a base hit up the middle and Kyle Garlick hit the first home run of the night – a two-run shot to right-center to make it 4-0.

The Dodgers powered up again in the second with back-to-back home runs. Gavin Lux drilled a two-run blast to right-center and Will Smith followed with a solo homer to extend the lead to 7-0.

Bibens-Dirkx went five innings and allowed a season-high eight runs on nine hits. He was charged with his third loss of the season.

Nashville’s offense never got going against Oklahoma City starter Dustin May. The right-hander shut out the Sounds over six innings and limited them to only three hits.

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Patrick Wisdom got the Sounds on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning when he crushed a solo home run to deep left field. It was Wisdom’s 18th home run of the season.

By the time Wisdom hit his home run, the Dodgers had built a 14-0 lead. Edwin Rios hit a solo home run in the fifth and Zach Reks clobbered a grand slam as part of a six-run sixth inning for the Dodgers.

Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Wednesday night at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Wes Benjamin (4-5, 6.37) starts for Nashville against right-hander Brock Stewart (4-7, 7.91) for Oklahoma City. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

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– With tonight’s 16-1 loss, the Sounds dropped to 42-59 in 2019.

– Willie Calhoun extended his on-base streak to 23 games with a single in the first inning.

– Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed a career-high four home runs.

– The five home runs allowed by Nashville pitchers matched a season-high (June 4 at Reno, June 30 vs. Oklahoma City).

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The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting

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