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Nashville Sounds defeat Omaha Storm Chasers 5-2 at Greer Stadium

 

Johnny Hellweg Throws 6th Quality Start; Blake Lalli Cracks 6th Homer

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds toppled the visiting Omaha Storm Chasers, 5-2, Tuesday night at Greer Stadium, highlighted by a three-run homer from Blake Lalli and a quality start from starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg (6-4).

After Omaha starter Yordano Ventura (0-1) retired the first three Nashville batters using fastballs touching 100 mph, the Sounds adjusted to the hurler’s speed and hammered out four consecutive hits to lead-off the second inning.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Michael Strasinger - Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Michael Strasinger – Nashville Sounds)

Hunter Morris belted a ground-rule double into left field and moved to third on a single from Josh Prince, 3-for-4. Lalli cleared the bases to give Nashville a 3-0 lead with a home run to left field. The homer was Lalli’s sixth of the season and extends his hitting streak to a season-best seven games.

Second baseman Hainley Statia added another run to the Sounds tally with a single into right field that scored Sean Halton, 2-for-3, who legged out a double earlier in the second inning.

From the hill, Hellweg delivered his sixth quality start for Nashville, scattering six hits across seven innings of work to pick up his sixth win of the year. The only earned run charged to Hellweg was a home run he surrendered to Irving Falu in his final inning. The outing dropped Hellweg’s season ERA from 3.25 to 3.06.

The Storm Chasers picked up their first run in the fifth inning on Hellweg’s throwing error. In an attempt to pickoff Jarrod Dyson, Hellweg tossed the ball over Morris, which allowed the runner on third to score. The Sounds quickly reclaimed their four-run advantage with an RBI-single from Prince in the home half of the inning.

Finishing up Nashville’s work from the hill were relievers Kyle Heckathorn , who logged a scoreless eighth inning, and Rob Wooten, who closed out the game with a hitless ninth for his 11th save of the season.

Ventura was charged with the loss, his first, giving up five runs on eight hits to Nashville across 4.2 innings. The right-handed pitcher fanned five strikeouts and walked two.

The Sounds will look to take the lead in the four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers Wednesday at Greer Stadium. Throwing for Nashville in the 7:05pm game will be RHP Jimmy Nelson (0-1, 0.00) opposite Omaha’s LHP Justin Marks (1-5, 6.75). Fans attending are encouraged to look for the Great Clips #WebWednesday Steal of the Week before the game on the Sounds social media accounts

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (22-41) 5, Omaha Storm Chasers (28-34) 2
June 11th, 2013

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Storm Chasers 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
Nashville Sounds 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 5 8 1

 

Omaha Storm Chasers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jarrod Dyson CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .278
Christian Colon 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .223
Johnny Giavotella 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260
Xavier Nady 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .328
Anthony Seratelli RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .300
Max Ramirez DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235
Irving Falu SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .264
Brett Hayes C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .256
Willy Taveras LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .248
Totals 32 2 7 0 0 1 1 2 3 .261

 

BATTING
HR: Falu (1, 7th inning off Hellweg, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Dyson, J 2; Falu 4; Giavotella; Hayes; Ramirez, M; Nady.
RBI: Falu (17).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Seratelli; Giavotella 2; Falu.
GIDP: Falu, Colon, C.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
DP: (Colon, C-Falu-Nady).
Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Hainley Statia 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .234
Caleb Gindl RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .274
Khris Davis LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .217
Hunter Morris 1B 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .246
Josh Prince CF 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .248
Blake Lalli C 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .268
Sean Halton DH 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Stephen Parker 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .227
Blake Davis SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Totals 31 5 8 2 0 1 5 2 6 .246

 

BATTING
2B: Morris, H (11, Ventura), Halton (13, Ventura).
HR: Lalli (6, 2nd inning off Ventura, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Prince 3; Lalli 4; Halton 3; Statia; Morris, H 2.
RBI: Lalli 3 (13), Statia (6), Prince (25).
2-out RBI: Statia; Prince.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lalli 3.
GIDP: Parker, S.
Team RISP: 4-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Prince 2 (8, 2nd base off Ventura/Hayes, 2nd base off Sherrill/Hayes).FIELDING
E: Hellweg (1, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Statia-Morris, H, Davis, B-Morris, H).

 

Omaha Storm Chasers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yordano Ventura (L, 0-1) 4.2 8 5 5 2 5 1 5.59
George Sherrill 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.06
Brian Sanches 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.19
Totals 8.0 8 5 5 2 6 1 4.20

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Johnny Hellweg (W, 6-4) 7.0 6 2 1 2 2 1 3.06
Kyle Heckathorn (H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.32
Rob Wooten (S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.78
Totals 9.0 7 2 1 2 3 1 4.49

 

WP: Ventura.
IBB: Morris, H (by Ventura).
HBP: Taveras, W (by Hellweg).
Pitches-strikes: Ventura 93-59, Sherrill 14-8, Sanches 26-19, Hellweg 87-52, Heckathorn 16-11, Wooten 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ventura 4-4, Sherrill 1-1, Sanches 3-2, Hellweg 9-4, Heckathorn 2-0, Wooten 1-0.
Batters faced: Ventura 23, Sherrill 4, Sanches 6, Hellweg 28, Heckathorn 4, Wooten 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Sherrill 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Marcus Pattillo. 1B: Alex Ortiz. 3B: Mark Ripperger.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, R to L.
T: 2:28.
Att: 3,811.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
June 11, 2013


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