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Nashville, TN – Efren Navarro hit a sacrifice fly to plate Kole Calhoun in the top of the 12th inning to give the Salt Lake Bees a 5-4 win over the Nashville Sounds in the finale of a four-game series on Monday night at Greer Stadium.
Calhoun (4-for-6) doubled to begin the frame, moved to third on a single, and scored the winning run on the long fly ball from Navarro.
Nashville split the four-game series, while three of the four contests between the clubs were decided by one run.It was the PCL co-leading 14th extra-inning contest (5-9) for the Sounds and sixth in the last 18 games. Nashville has lost seven of the last eight extra-inning games leading back to May 28th.
First baseman Sean Halton went 3-for-5 and finished a homer short of the cycle. Shortstop Edwin Maysonet doubled with a season-high three RBIs. Khris Davis added two hits and a run batted in.
In his fourth Triple-A start and first at home this season, Nashville starter Tyler Thornburg gave up one unearned run on six hits in five innings of work. The 23-year-old struck out five and walked zero in 79 pitches (51 strikes). Thornburg has allowed two runs or less in all four of his starts for Nashville. Sounds starting pitchers have a tossed a 1.20 ERA (4er/30.0ip) in their last five games.
The Sounds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, beginning with leadoff hitter Eric Farris doubling left field. The shortstop would score two batters later when outfielder Khris Davis singled to center.
Salt Lake tied the game at 1-1 in the next frame with an unearned run against Thornburg. Ryan Langerhans reached on a two-out error from first baseman Sean Halton and then came around to score on a couple of singles.
Nashville went back ahead at 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Halton crushed his third triple of the season and scored two batters later during a safety squeeze by second Edwin Maysonet.
The Sounds rebounded to score two more runs in the next frame for a 4-2 lead. Salt Lake starter Brad Mills walked outfielder Logan Schafer to begin the inning and gave up a double to catcher Humberto Quintero. Maysonet then smacked a double down the left field line to score both runners and remove Mills from the contest.
Salt Lake came back to tie the game at 4-4 in next frame. Perez walked leadoff hitter Andrew Romine before giving up a double to Calhoun and being replaced with reliever Fautino De Los Santos. Two consecutive singles by Luis Jimenez and Navarro brought the game to another tie.
Nashville threatened in the eleventh as Halton doubled to center with one out in the frame. Schafer then blooped a single that was close to being caught by the second baseman, which caused Halton to remain on second base. Reliever Ryan Brasier (7-2) entered the contest to get the next two outs to end the jam and get the win.
The Sounds stranded the tying run on third base in the 12th inning as Green grounded out to second to end the contest. Davis previously worked a two-out walk and moved to third on a Jordan Brown single.
Wooten (0-2) pitched two scoreless innings before giving up a run in the 12th inning for the loss. Amaury Rivas ended the game with 2/3 of an inning.
Mills surrendered four runs on seven hits in six innings for a no-decision. Jordan Walden struck out one in scoreless inning in his second rehab appearance for the Angels.
Nashville committed its first error in the last eight games, snapping a season-best errorless streak. Both Sounds’ double plays were initiated by the catcher.
The Sounds continue their homestand tomorrow by welcoming the Tacoma Rainers (AAA-Seattle Mariners) to town for the teams’ lone series of 2012. Right-hander Hiram Burgos (0-1, 4.96) takes the mound for the Sounds in the series opener against Tacoma left-hander Danny Hultzen (1-2, 5.23).
Salt Lake Bees (63-60) 5, Nashville Sounds (56-67) 4
IBB: Langerhans (by De Los Santos).
TopicsAmaury Rivas, Andrew Romine, Brad MIlls, Danny Hultzen, Ed Lucas, Edwin Maysonet, Efren Navarro, Eric Farris, Fautino De Los Santos, Greer Stadium, Hiram Burgos, Humberto Quintero, Jordan Brown, Jordan Walden, Juan Perez, Khris Davis, Kole Calhoun, Logan Schafer, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Pacific Coast League, PCL, Ryan Brasier, Ryan Langerhans, Salt Lake Bees, Sean Halton, Seattle Mariners, Sounds, Tacoma Rainers, Tyler Thornburg
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