Paced by a quality start by Taylor Jungmann, a quartet of Sounds pitchers shut down Iowa’s offense leading the Nashville Sounds (32-27) to a 4-1 defeat of the Iowa Cubs (29-26) on Monday night at Greer Stadium. The Sounds lead the season series 8-7 with the final meeting between the two teams coming Tuesday afternoon.
Jungmann (2-1), the sixth rated prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization according to Baseball America, was in control all evening for the Sounds. Iowa was only able to push across one run against Jungmann, the result of an error and a wild pitch. Jungmann tossed 6.1 innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.
Nashville took a 2-0 lead in the second off Iowa starter Dallas Beeler on RBI singles by Taylor Green and Jungmann. Caleb Gindl increased the lead to 3-0 when he blasted his fifth home run of the year in the sixth.
Beeler (2-2) went seven strong innings for Iowa, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Jeremy Jeffress and rehabbing lefty Tom Gorzellany combined for 1.2 scoreless innings in relief for the Sounds, leading to the ninth.
Facing Sounds closer Donovan Hand in the ninth, Iowa put the first two runners on with back-to-back singles by Logan Watkins and Chris Valaika. Hand struck out two of the next three batters to squash the rally and record the save. Hand leads the PCL with 12 saves on the season.
Valaika and Beeler had two hits each in the loss.