Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds completed their first sweep of the season with a 6-1 victory over the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium in the finale of a four-game series.
Nashville (67-73) extended its longest winning streak of the year to five games. The Sounds — who never trailed during the entire four-game set — won 10 of their 16 games against Iowa this season, the club’s third straight double-digit win total against the I-Cubs.
The contest marked the end of the 2012 season for Iowa, which had its scheduled season-ending series at New Orleans canceled due to the effects of Hurricane Isaac.
Nashville took a 2-0 lead with a pair of fourth-inning runs against Iowa starter Yoanner Negrin (0-1).
Center fielder Logan Schafer (2-for-4) gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in when he slugged his 11th home run of the season and second in two nights, a leadoff solo shot to right. With one out, Sean Halton doubled off the base of the left field wall and scored the frame’s second run when Taylor Green (2-for-3) followed with a single to right.
The RBI knock by Green extended the infielder’s longest hitting streak of the season to seven games (11-for-26, .423).
Iowa halved the lead to 2-1 in the fifth when Tony Campana led off with a bunt single against Sounds starter Claudio Vargas and scored on Adrian Cardenas’ RBI double to left.
The Sounds got the run back in the home half of the frame with a two-out rally against Negrin. After the first two batters were retired, Schafer singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Khris Davis’ single to center to make it a 3-1 contest.
Vargas (7-1) picked up his seventh win of the year after allowing one run on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The veteran, who walked three batters and struck out six, did not suffer a defeat in any of his final 12 starts of the season and is tied with Wily Peralta for most wins by a Sound this year.
Corey Patterson increased the Nashville advantage to 5-1 in the seventh when he belted a two-run homer to right off I-Cubs reliever Miguel Socolovich. The blast, the veteran’s tenth of the year, also scored Humberto Quintero, who preceded Patterson with a single.
The Sounds tacked on another run later in the inning when Eric Farris singled then stole second and third before scoring on a throwing error by Socolovich as he attempted to throw him out at third on his second steal.
The Sounds continue their final homestand of the year on Friday night by welcoming the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds to Greer Stadium for the 7:05pm opener of a four-game series. Right-hander Wily Peralta (7-10, 4.73) is scheduled to take the hill for Nashville and face Memphis right-hander Shelby Miller (10-10, 4.89).