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Salt Lake City, UT – The Nashville Sounds continued their winning ways on Saturday evening at Spring Mobile Ballpark, hanging a 9-4 defeat on the host Salt Lake Bees.
The red-hot Sounds (17-24) extended their longest winning streak of the season to four games and have been victorious in eight of their past 10 contests.
The Nashville offense exploded for a season-high 15 hits, including eight for extra bases. The Sounds’ seven doubles on the night were one shy of the single-game franchise record.Catcher George Kottaras paced the attack with a 3-for-3, four-RBI night that included his first home run of the year and a pair of doubles. Mat Gamel continued his hot hitting with a 4-for-5, two-double evening and Brendan Katin plated two runs in the contest.
Every Sound recorded a hit in the contest except Caleb Gindl (0-for-4), but the outfielder drew a walk to extend his on-base streak to 23 games.
The Bees jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead, taking advantage of a pair of Nashville errors. With one out, Andrew Romine singled then moved to third when Sounds starter Sam Narron misfired to first on a pickoff attempt. Jeff Baisley followed with a grounder to short which was mishandled by Edwin Maysonet, allowing Romine to race home with the game’s first run. Two batters later, Baisley scored on Chris Petit’s two-out triple to right.
Nashville halved the lead to 2-1 in the second on back-to-back two-out doubles off the bats of Maysonet and Kottaras.
The Sounds jumped in front, 4-2, with a three-run fourth against Salt Lake starter Brian Lawrence, sending nine batters to the plate during the frame. Katin opened the scoring with an RBI double, then Taylor Green and Eric Farris added run-scoring singles later in the inning. Farris went 2-for-x on the night to extend his longest hitting streak of the year to six games.
Salt Lake pulled back within a run at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Cole Armstrong took Narron deep for his first home run of the season, a one-out solo shot to center.
The teams traded runs in the sixth. Kottaras led off the frame with his first roundtripper of the season for Nashville, then Salt Lake responded in the home half with a two-out run courtesy of a Baisley single.
The visitors finally got some breathing room in the seventh, plating three insurance runs against Bees reliever Amalio Diaz to extend the lead to 8-4. Jordan Brown drew an inning-opening walk and later scored on a Katin RBI single. Later in the frame, Kottaras continued his solid night with a two-run double to center.
Gamel wrapped up the night’s scoring with an RBI double in the ninth off Bobby Cassevah that brought home Brett Carroll.
Narron (2-1) earned a win for the second straight outing by hurling his second quality start of the year. The lanky lefty allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out four batters and walked none during his 102-pitch effort.
Sean Green followed Narron with a pair of scoreless frames for Nashville.
Lawrence (2-3) was saddled with the loss after permitting five runs on 10 hits over his six frames of work.
The Sounds will try for a four-game sweep when the teams wrap up the series with a 3:05pm CT meeting on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (0-2, 3.43) will take the hill for the Sounds to face Salt Lake right-hander Bear Bay (1-2, 4.62).
Nashville Sounds 9, Salt Lake Bees 4
May 21th, 2011
Pitches-strikes: Narron 102-64, Green, S 31-22, Lawrence 96-62, Diaz, Am 29-19, Cassevah 28-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 10-5, Green, S 5-0, Lawrence 6-4, Diaz, Am 1-1, Cassevah 5-0.
Batters faced: Narron 28, Green, S 7, Lawrence 29, Diaz, Am 7, Cassevah 8.
Umpires: HP: Chris Segal. 1B: Darren Budahn. 2B: . 3B: Mark Buchanan.
Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, Out to LF.
TopicsAmalio Diaz, Andrew Romine, Bear Bay, Bobby Cassevah, Brendan Katin, Brett Carroll, Brian Lawrence, Caleb Gindl, Chris Petit, Cole Armstrong, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Frankie De La Cruz, George Kottaras, Jeff Baisley, Jordan Brown, Mat Gamel, Nashville Sounds, Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City UT, Sam Narron, Sean Green, Spring Mobile Ballpark, Taylor Green
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