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Nashville, TN - The Nashville Sounds lost 7-2 to the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Tuesday night at Greer Stadium in the series opener of a four-game set.
With the loss, Nashville moves to 21-30 and is only 1-7 in the PCL American Northern Division this season.
Sounds catcher George Kottaras went 0-for-1 with three walks to snap a season-best nine-game hitting streak. Jeremy Reed went 2-for-4 with a walk.Iowa plated their first run in the top of the first inning as Marquez Smith smoked a two-out double to right field. Amaury Rivas recorded the next seven straight outs until Bryan LeHair singled in the top of the fourth inning. Iowa went up 2-0 later in the inning as Augie Ojeda and Matt Camp each singled with two outs.
Two innings later in the seventh, the Cubs plated four more runs to go up 6-0. The first three batters reached base with the first run coming on a sacrifice fly from Chris Robinson. Casey Coleman doubled in the next run and removed Rivas from the contest. Bobby Scales followed with his team-leading 17th double, a two-run two-bagger off the top of the centerfield wall.
In his first Triple-A start after being optioned by Chicago, Iowa starter Casey Coleman allowed one hit through the first five innings, before getting into trouble in the sixth. Eric Farris earned a nine-pitch walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored easily on Mat Gamel’s team-leading 15th double. Edwin Maysonet singled home Gamel for the other run to make it 6-2.
Iowa scored an unearned run on Zack Segovia in the top of the seventh frame. With runners on first and third and one out, Camp hammered a line drive to Maysonet at shortstop, who misplayed the ball and allowed the run from the third to score.
Coleman (1-0) allowed two runs on three hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings. He also went 2-for-3 with one RBI and runs scored from the dish.
Rivas (3-5) gave up six runs while scattering nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. After beginning the season 3-1, the right-hander is now winless in his last seven decisions. Rivas waked in both of his plate appearances.
Segovia gave up one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings in relief. Donovan Hand got out of a based load jam and followed with a scoreless frame.
In his fourth overall rehab appearance and second with the Sounds, left-hander Zach Braddock walked three batters in 2/3 of an inning. The left-hander got Scales to fly out on the first pitch, and then walked three of the next four batters to load the bases before reaching his 20-pitch count (six for strikes).
The Sounds and Cubs will play at 7:05pm CT on Thursday at Greer Stadium in the second game of a four-game series. Nashville right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (0-3, 4.14) looks for his first win against Iowa righty Jay Jackson (1-4, 7.56).
Iowa Cubs (24-28) 7, Nashville Sounds (21-30) 2
May 31st, 2011
Pitches-strikes: Coleman, C 101-60, Diamond 27-18, Gaub 15-8, Carrillo 18-14, Rivas 86-49, Segovia 31-18, Braddock 20-6, Hand 16-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Coleman, C 8-1, Diamond 1-1, Gaub 1-0, Carrillo 0-0, Rivas 7-3, Segovia 2-1, Braddock 0-1, Hand 4-0.
Batters faced: Coleman, C 25, Diamond 6, Gaub 4, Carrillo 5, Rivas 27, Segovia 10, Braddock 5, Hand 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Diamond 2-0, Segovia 2-2, Hand 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Sinclair. 1B: Quinn Wolcott. 2B: . 3B: John Tumpane.
Weather: 92 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, Out to CF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAmaury Rivas, Augie Ojeda, Bobby Scales, Bryan LeHair, Casey Coleman, Chris Robinson, Donovan Hand, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Frankie De La Cruz, George Kottaras, Greer Stadium, Iowa Cubs, Jay Jackson, Jeremy Reed, Marquez Smith, Matt Camp, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, PCL American Northern Division, Zach Braddock, Zack Segovia
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