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Sounds' rally in home opener falls shy

By Caleb Odom, The Daily Herald, Columbia • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

NASHVILLE (MCT) – The Sounds (3-6) fell short of winning Greer Stadium's final home opener on Friday night, losing 5-4 to the Omaha Storm Chasers (5-4).

Nashville made it interesting in the late innings with some offensive threats but Omaha had some help from the wind that blew in the whole game, knocking down some Sound fly balls for outs.

Caleb Gindl shined at the plate for Nashville with a two-for-three night that included an eighth inning solo homer into the wind that pulled the Sounds to within one run of tying the game.

Gindl, who singled in his first at bat, had an approach that was simple but effective.

"Just trying to see a lot of pitches and get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it and whatever happens, happens," Gindl said.

Nashville sent Hiram Burgos to toe the rubber in the home opener and starter got touched up by the Storm Chasers allowing three runs off of five hits in just four and 1/3 innings pitched.

Omaha's starting pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon held the Sounds a bay for five innings allowing only two hits while striking out two and walking one.

"He was a guy that we had very little information on because he's pitched all in Double A," Sounds manager Rick Sweet said. "I think he was effectively wild."

Marimon made it work for five innings but after scoring two runs in the top of the sixth to lead 5-0, the Storm Chasers took out Sugar Ray for that right hander Aaron Brooks who gave Nashville life.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Sounds were able to string some walks and singles together on Brooks which set up third baseman Taylor Green who answered the bell with a 2-run single that made the score 5-3 Omaha.

Gindl's home run in the eighth would be the closest Nashville came to a complete comeback.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Sounds had two men on with two outs but Sean Halton's well-hit ball hung up in the strong wind making it just an easy out to the right fielder that ended the game.

"I think we played a pretty good ball game," Gindl said. "We fought back and we had a chance to win there at the end so that's all you can do in that situation."

This game in the young season is already the Sounds' fifth game against the Kansas City Royals affiliate Omaha club with seven more games scheduled this month.

"We turn around and go back to their place on the next road trip," Sweet said. "It's some crazy scheduling but we are pretty familiar with them just like they are familiar with us."

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