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Sean Halton and Taylor Green Power Nashville Sounds to 7-3 win over Iowa Cubs

 

Tyler Thornburg Earns Second Win For Nashville

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Sean Halton and Taylor Green each belted a three-run homer to power the Nashville  Sounds to a 7-3 victory over the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Tuesday evening at Greer Stadium.

The win was the fourth in the last five games for Nashville (65-73). In the contest, the Sounds’ two through five hitters combined to go 9-for-13 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Right-hander Tyler Thornburg (2-2) picked up the win for the Sounds after holding Iowa to one run on seven hits over five frames of work, walking one batter and striking out a pair. He has allowed two runs or less in six of his seven Triple-A outings this season and lowered his ERA to 2.65 with the effort.

Halton (2-for-3) gave the Sounds a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when he crushed a three-run homer to left off Iowa starter Horacio Ramirez. The blast was the slugger’s team-leading 16th roundtripper of the season. Logan Schafer (2-for-3) and Khris Davis (3-for-3), who had opened the frame with consecutive singles, also scored on the blast.

The I-Cubs got on the board with a run in the top of the fifth that made it a 3-1 contest. Matt Tolbert led off the inning with a double to right-center and later scored when Alfredo Amezaga, who drove in all three Iowa runs on the night, hit a two-out chopper to the right side of the infield that glanced off a leaping Thornburg’s glove for an RBI single.

The Sounds extended their lead to 7-1 with four two-out runs off Ramirez in the home half of the fifth.

After the first two batters were retired, Schafer singled to start the rally and scored when Davis followed with an RBI double to the right-center wall. After the I-Cubs elected to intentionally walk Halton, Green (2-for-4) made them pay by lining a three-run homer over the right field wall for his seventh longball of the year, which chased the Iowa left-hander from the contest.

Ramirez (0-1) suffered his first loss of the year after surrendering seven runs on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work.

Amezaga reduced the Cubs’  deficit to 7-3 in the seventh when he slugged a two-out, two-run homer to left off Sounds reliever Juan Perez. The blast was the infielder’s sixth of the year.

Nashville’s attempt to get one of the runs back in the home half of the frame was stifled by Cubs left fielder Dave Sappelt, who threw out Davis at the plate as he attempted to score from second on Taylor Green’s opposite-field two-out single.

The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm contest on Wednesday evening. Right-hander Hiram Burgos (1-2, 3.93) will make the start for the Sounds and face Iowa left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith (3-5, 4.09).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (65-73) 7, Iowa Cubs (53-85) 3
August 28th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 10 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 x 7 11 0





Iowa AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Campana, CF 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .291
Amezaga, 2B 4 1 2 3 0 0 1 .275
Cardenas, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .302
Rohan, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .290
Sappelt, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Adduci, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .308
Asencio, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Apodaca, C 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .280
Tolbert, SS 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .243
Ramirez, H, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Socolovich, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Recker, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .269
Dolis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Frazier, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Totals 34 3 10 3 1 5 12 .271
a-Singled for Socolovich in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Tolbert (16, Thornburg).
HR: Amezaga (6, 7th inning off Perez, J, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Tolbert 3; Rohan; Sappelt; Adduci; Recker; Campana 2; Amezaga 5.
RBI: Amezaga 3 (42).
2-out RBI: Amezaga 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rohan; Ramirez, H; Apodaca.SAC: Ramirez, H.
GIDP: Adduci.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Campana (17, 2nd base off Thornburg/Quintero).
CS: Campana (7, 2nd base by Thornburg/Quintero).

FIELDING
E: Sappelt (5, fielding).
Outfield assists: Sappelt (Davis, Kh at home).
DP: (Tolbert-Amezaga-Rohan).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Farris, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .284
Schafer, CF 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 .270
Davis, Kh, LF 3 2 3 1 1 0 0 .290
Halton, 1B 3 2 2 3 1 0 1 .279
Green, T, 2B 4 1 2 3 0 0 0 .276
Gonzalez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .233
Gindl, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .263
Quintero, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .260
Thornburg, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
McClendon, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
Perez, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rivas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
De Los Santos, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 7 11 7 3 4 4 .261
BATTING
2B: Davis, Kh (8, Ramirez, H).
HR: Halton (16, 4th inning off Ramirez, H, 2 on, 0 out), Green, T (7, 5th inning off Ramirez, H, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Quintero; Schafer 2; Halton 5; Davis, Kh 4; Gindl; Green, T 5.
RBI: Halton 3 (56), Davis, Kh (21), Green, T 3 (27).
2-out RBI: Davis, Kh; Green, T 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton.
SAC: Schafer.
GIDP: Farris.
Team RISP: 4-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Davis, Kh (1, 2nd base off Ramirez, H/Apodaca), Schafer (16, 2nd base off Ramirez, H/Apodaca).
CS: Farris (12, 3rd base by Ramirez, H/Apodaca).

FIELDING
DP: (Thornburg-Farris-Halton).

 

 

Iowa IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ramirez, H (L, 0-1) 4.2 9 7 7 2 1 2 4.58
Socolovich 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Dolis 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2.70
Asencio 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.35
Totals 8.0 11 7 7 3 4 2 4.68

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Thornburg (W, 2-2) 5.0 7 1 1 1 2 0 2.65
McClendon 1.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.07
Perez, J 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 1 3.89
Rivas 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.01
De Los Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5.80
Totals 9.0 10 3 3 1 5 1 4.33



IBB: Halton (by Ramirez, H).
Pitches-strikes: Ramirez, H 85-50, Socolovich 13-10, Dolis 21-12, Asencio 12-10, Thornburg 79-53, McClendon 22-15, Perez, J 12-7, Rivas 13-8, De Los Santos 15-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ramirez, H 9-0, Socolovich 1-0, Dolis 0-2, Asencio 2-0, Thornburg 6-3, McClendon 2-1, Perez, J 1-0, Rivas 2-1, De Los Santos 0-0.
Batters faced: Ramirez, H 23, Socolovich 4, Dolis 5, Asencio 3, Thornburg 21, McClendon 6, Perez, J 3, Rivas 3, De Los Santos 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Perez, J 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jason Arends. 1B: Shaun Francis. 3B: Joel Hospodka.
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.
T: 2:39.
Att: 2,709.


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