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Nashville, TN – The Round Rock Express hit three consecutive two-out singles in the 11th inning to hand the Nashville Sounds a 5-4 defeat on Tuesday night at Greer Stadium in the second game of a four-game series.
The Express scored two runs in the ninth to force the game to extras and later won the game thanks to three straight hits from Joey Butler, Tommy Mendonca, and Luis Hernandez off Amaury Rivas (4-6).It was the eighth extra-inning contest of the season and first since May 28th for the Sounds, who moved to 4-4 in extra-inning play. Nashville has blown a save in its last two losses and has held the lead in seven of its last night defeats overall.
Nashville starter Brian Baker pitched seven strong innings as the Nashville Sounds handed the Round Rock Express a 4-2 loss
In his first start since rejoining the Sounds, Nashville starter Brian Baker allowed two runs on four hits in his seven innings of work while striking out nine Express batters, which set a new career high and matched the most by a Sounds starter this season.
Baker has now compiled a 1.47 ERA (3er/18.1) in his last four PCL outings (three starts) and picked up his last two victories against the Express.
Outfielder Corey Patterson (2-for-3) tripled while scoring and driving in a run. Outfielder Caleb Gindl also added two hits and a double.
Round Rock took an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame as leadoff hitter Julio Borbon singled, stole second base, and scored on a hustle play. Former Vanderbilt star Matt Kata grounded out to first base, as Boron continued to run through third and slide under the tag of catcher Jason Jaramillo.
Nashville knotted the contest in the bottom of the second inning. Outfielder Corey Patterson lined a two-out triple down the first base line and scored on the ensuing play as Round Rock starter Greg Reynolds committed a balk during the bat with Jordan Brown.
Nashville went ahead at 2-1 in the fourth with consecutive doubles from outfielder Caleb Gindl and Taylor Green.
Former Sound Brad Nelson cut the Nashville lead in half with his 14th homer of the season, a solo shot to left to lead off the seventh inning.
Round Rock scored two late runs to tie the game at 4-4 in the ninth off reliever Mike McClendon, who walked Greg Miclat to leadoff the frame. Miclat moved to third on a Kata single and scored the first run as Nelson grounded out to second. Kata then came home to score the tying run from second base on a throwing error from Green.
The Sounds threatened in the 10th inning, but came up empty as Schafer led off with an infield single and moved to second on an Eric Farris sacrifice. On the ensuing play, Gindl smacked a line drive to center, but Schafer was thrown out at home plate, attempting to go high on the catcher while being tagged out.
Donovan Hand pitched a scoreless inning. McClendon gave up two runs in a 1/3 of an inning for the blown save. Juan Perez walked two and struck out three while stranding both inherited runners in two innings.
Amaury Rivas scattered three hits for a run in 2/3 of an inning.
Reynolds gave up four runs on in six innings in a no-decision. Neal Cotts (1-1) picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Sounds and Express continue their series at 7:05pm CT on Wednesday night at Greer Stadium. Right-hander Seth McClung (2-11, 5.60) takes the mound against Round Rock Chad Bell (2-2, 3.47).
Round Rock Express (40-56) 5, Nashville Sounds (42-54) 4
TopicsAmaury Rivas, Brad Nelson, Brian Baker, Caleb Gindl, Chad Bell, Corey Patterson, Donovan Hand, Eric Farris, Greer Stadium, Greg Miclat, Greg Reynolds, Jason Jaramillo, Joey Butler, Jordan Brown, Juan Perez, Julio Borbon, Luis Hernandez, Matt Kata, Mike McClendon, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Neal Cotts, Round Rock Express, Seth Mcclung, Sounds, Taylor Green, Tommy Mendonca
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