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Nashville Sounds drop close one to Iowa Cubs 3-2

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds snapped a four-game winning streak by falling to the division-rival Iowa Cubs, 3-2, in the finale of a four-game set at Greer Stadium.

It was a pretty good crowd for a Tuesday, as 7,881 fans took in the loss then watched the Sounds’ Independence Day fireworks spectacular following the on-field action.

With the loss, the Sounds (36-40) took three of four from the Cubs in the series. Nashville was held to five hits on the evening and went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Outfielder Corey Patterson went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and both of Nashville’s RBIs. Outfielder Caleb Gindl had a hit to extend his hitting streak to a season-best seven games while first baseman Jordan Brown went hitless to snap his six-game streak.

In his first start with Iowa since being designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs, Iowa starter Randy Wells (3-2) allowed one early run on three hits with four strikeouts in five innings for the victory.

Nashville took an early 1-0 lead in the home half of the first as outfielder Logan Schafer led off the game with a triple off the left field wall, his second contest in a row with a three-bagger. Schafer then came home on the first pitch to Patterson, who blasted an RBI double over the Iowa right fielder.

The Cubs went ahead at 2-1 in the top of the third after loading the bases with no outs to begin the frame. Josh Vitters brought home the tying run on a sacrifice fly while Alfredo Amezaga scored the go-ahead run on a Blake DeWitt groundout.

Iowa tacked on their final run in the fifth for a 3-1 advantage. Amezaga led off with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a fly out, and scored on Vitters’ line drive base hit to center.

After giving up consecutive hits in the first inning, Wells retired 13 of the next 16 and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth. With Gindl on second base, Patterson smoked another base hit to right, but Iowa right fielder Dave Sappelt gunned down Gindl at the plate to end the inning.

Nashville trimmed the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning after Patterson went yard off reliever Jay Jackson. The opposite field homer was Patterson’s fifth of the year.

Later in the frame with runners on second and third, Jackson delivered a wild pitch to plate. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi tried to advance and score the tying run, but was tagged out at home.

The Sounds stranded Jay Gibbons on first base as Schafer was struck out by Michael Bowden in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.

Nashville starter Mark Rogers (3-6) came away with the loss, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks in five innings. He struck out four with 101 pitches (56 for strikes).

Johnnie Lowe tossed two shutout innings in relief of Rogers. Donovan Hand tossed a perfect frame to extend his scoreless streak to 17.0 straight innings over his last 10 outings. Mike McClendon fanned one in an inning to end the game.

The Sounds bus to Memphis to take on the cross-state rival Redbirds (AAA-Cardinals) in a five-game series at AutoZone Park that will take the teams to the Triple-A All-Star break. Sounds right-hander Tyler Thornburg (NR) will make his Triple-A debut against Memphis righty Brandon Dickson (4-7, 3.39) in the opener.

Baseball returns to Music City on Thursday, July 12th, when the Sounds welcome the Albuquerque Isotopes and Round Rock Express to town for an eight-game homestand.

Box Score

Iowa Cubs (35-51) 3, Nashville Sounds (36-50) 2
July 3rd, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 0



Iowa AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jackson, B, CF 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 .258
Amezaga, SS 3 2 0 0 2 1 2 .275
Cardenas, 2B 3 0 1 0 2 0 3 .317
Vitters, 1B 3 0 1 2 1 2 1 .301
DeWitt, LF 4 0 0 1 0 0 4 .145
Jackson, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154
Bowden, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Lalli, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .230
Sappelt, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .245
Hernandez, Di, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .175
Wells, R, P 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .200
Rowland-Smith, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Tolbert, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Totals 33 3 7 3 5 7 17 .273
BATTING
2B: Cardenas (12, McClendon).
TB: Jackson, B; Lalli; Sappelt; Wells, R; Hernandez, Di; Cardenas 2; Vitters.
RBI: Vitters 2 (47), DeWitt (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeWitt; Wells, R; Lalli; Jackson, B; Sappelt; Cardenas; Vitters.
SF: Vitters.
Team RISP: 1-for-13.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
SB: Jackson, B (18, 2nd base off Rogers/Buller), Sappelt (7, 2nd base off Rogers/Buller), Amezaga (7, 2nd base off Rogers/Buller).

FIELDING
E: Cardenas (4, fielding).
Outfield assists: Sappelt (Gindl at home).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 .290
Patterson, C, LF 4 1 3 2 0 0 1 .271
Bianchi, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .313
Gonzalez, A, 3B 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .254
Brown, J, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .294
Farris, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .260
Gindl, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .236
Buller, C 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .213
Rogers, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143
a-Halton, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .271
Lowe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Maysonet, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .204
Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
McClendon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
c-Gibbons, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .232
Totals 30 2 5 2 6 7 16 .259
a-Struck out for Rogers in the 5th. b-Struck out for Lowe in the 7th. c-Walked for McClendon in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Patterson, C (16, Wells, R).
3B: Schafer (6, Wells, R).
HR: Patterson, C (5, 8th inning off Jackson, J, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Schafer 3; Patterson, C 7; Gindl.
RBI: Patterson, C 2 (25).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brown, J; Bianchi; Schafer; Farris.
SAC: Brown, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Patterson, C (9, 3rd base off Wells, R/Lalli), Schafer (12, 2nd base off Wells, R/Lalli), Bianchi (9, 2nd base off Jackson, J/Lalli).

 

 

Iowa IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wells, R (W, 3-2) 5.0 3 1 1 2 4 0 6.88
Rowland-Smith (H, 2) 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.81
Jackson, J (H, 5) 1.2 1 1 1 2 1 1 6.27
Bowden (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.08
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 6 7 1 4.58

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rogers (L, 3-6) 5.0 5 3 3 5 4 0 5.66
Lowe 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.55
Hand 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.98
McClendon 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.09
Totals 9.0 7 3 3 5 7 0 4.67



WP: Jackson, J 2, Rogers.
HBP: Jackson, B (by Lowe).
Pitches-strikes: Wells, R 82-47, Rowland-Smith 25-13, Jackson, J 25-13, Bowden 23-13, Rogers 101-56, Lowe 24-16, Hand 7-5, McClendon 14-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wells, R 4-3, Rowland-Smith 1-3, Jackson, J 2-1, Bowden 1-0, Rogers 5-6, Lowe 3-1, Hand 1-1, McClendon 1-0.
Batters faced: Wells, R 20, Rowland-Smith 6, Jackson, J 7, Bowden 4, Rogers 25, Lowe 8, Hand 3, McClendon 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Jackson, J 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Stephen Barga. 1B: Jimmy Volpi. 2B: Michael Lusky. 3B: Lance Barrett.
Weather: 93 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:19.
Att: 7,881.


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