Fresno, CA – The Nashville Sounds were doubled up by the Fresno Grizzlies on Friday evening at Chukchansi Park, falling 10-5 in the third game of a four-game set.
Nashville grabbed a 3-0 first-inning lead against Fresno starter Andrew Kown. Eric Farris (3-for-5) led off the ballgame with a single, stole two bases, and scored the night’s first run on a Khris Davis RBI single. Later in the frame, catcher Humberto Quintero (2-for-4) delivered a two-out, two-run double.
Nashville Sounds. (Wendy Eagan/MiLB.com)
Fresno pulled back even in the contest with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first, stemming from a two-out Sean Halton throwing error, and one more score in the second against Hiram Burgos. Eli Whiteside knotted the game at 3-3 when he plated Brock Bond with a sac fly in the second.
The Sounds reclaimed the lead in the third when Taylor Green belted his third home run of the year, a one-out solo jack to right off Kown that made it a 4-3 contest.
Nashville right fielder Jordan Brown kept the one-run cushion in place in the bottom of the inning when he made a leaping grab at the wall to rob Conor Gillaspie of a homer.
The Grizzlies pulled back in front in the fifth, when they sent 11 men to the plate against a pair of Sounds hurlers en route to a seven-run inning and a 10-4 lead. Whiteside delivered a pair of hits in the frame, including a two-run single. Ryan Lollis, Justin Christian, and Todd Linden added RBI hits in the inning while Bond drew a bases-loaded walk.
Burgos (0-1) took the loss for Nashville after being tagged for nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings during his second Triple-A start.
Caleb Gindl closed out the evening’s scoring in the top of the sixth when his two-out single off Fresno reliever Wilmin Rodriguez plated Jeff Bianchi to bring the score to its final 10-5 standing.
Kown (5-6) picked up the win for Fresno after allowing four runs in five innings of work.
The teams wrap up their four-game season series with a 9:05pm CT finale on Saturday evening. Right-hander Claudio Vargas (4-1, 4.24) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Fresno right-hander Yusmeiro Petit (5-3, 3.17).
a-Walked for Perez, J in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Dillard in the 8th.
BATTING 2B: Quintero (1, Kown). HR: Green, T (3, 3rd inning off Kown, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Farris 3; Quintero 3; Halton; Davis, Kh; Green, T 4; Gindl. RBI: Davis, Kh (6), Quintero 2 (9), Green, T (15), Gindl (35). 2-out RBI: Quintero 2; Gindl. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maysonet 3; Davis, Kh 2. GIDP: Halton, Brown, J. Team RISP: 3-for-9. Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING SB: Farris 3 (30, 2nd base off Kown/Whiteside, 3rd base off Kown/Whiteside, 2nd base off Kown/Whiteside), Gindl (4, 2nd base off Kown/Whiteside).
BATTING 3B: Bond (2, Burgos), Lollis, R (2, Burgos). TB: Lollis, R 4; Whiteside 2; Linden 2; Stromsmoe 2; Bond 3; LaTorre; Christian; Noonan 2. RBI: Noonan (55), Whiteside 3 (18), Christian (32), Lollis, R 2 (15), Linden (53), Bond (26). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Whiteside. SF: Whiteside. GIDP: Stromsmoe, Bond. Team RISP: 5-for-12. Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING CS: Stromsmoe (3, 3rd base by Burgos/Quintero). PO: Noonan (1st base by Quintero).