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Albuquerque, NM – The Nashville Sounds suffered a rain-shortened one-run loss to Albuquerque on Monday evening, falling 6-5 in five innings at Isotopes Park in the opener of a three-game series.
The defeat, Nashville’s fourth in a row, was the Sounds’ league-leading 18th one-run loss of the year.
The Sounds swatted a trio of home runs in the top of the third inning against Jonathan Sanchez to take an early 4-0 lead.After pitcher Jimmy Nelson led off by drawing a four-pitch walk from his counterpart before scoring on Hainley Statia’s one-out homer to left, the utilityman’s third longball in the last four games following a stretch of 600+ homerless at-bats.
Caleb Gindl (2-for-3) went back-to-back with Statia by drilling a solo shot to left, his 10th big fly of the year and Nashville’s fourth set of consecutive roundtrippers.
Later in the frame, Josh Prince (2-for-2) got into the act by mashing a 400-foot solo shot to left-center. The outfielder’s eighth homer of the year upped the Sounds’ advantage to 4-0.
With the bases jammed following two singles and walk, Nelson hit Ian Stewart with a pitch to force home John Baker. The right-hander then issued a run-scoring walk to Alex Castellanos to reduce the lead to 4-2. Nick Buss followed with a game-tying bloop single to center that evened the score at 4-4. Brian Barden followed with a grounder that plated Castellanos with the go-ahead run.
Scooter Gennett extended his season-best hitting streak to 13 games with a leadoff double in the fifth. He is batting .388 (19-for-49) since rejoining the Sounds from the Milwaukee Brewers. After advancing to third on a groundout, he tied the game at 5-5 when he scored on Caleb Gindl’s RBI single to right that came on a 3-2 offering from Sanchez.
For the second time on the night, Albuquerque answered a Sounds rally with one of its own in the bottom of an inning, pulling back ahead with a run against Nelson in the home half of the sixth.
Immediately following the conclusion of the fifth inning, which was played in the rain, the tarp was placed onto the field and the game was called following a 58-minute delay.
Nelson (1-3) took the loss for the Sounds after allowing six runs in his five innings of work. He was credited with a complete game in the rain-shortened affair. Sanchez (2-0) got the win for Albuquerque.
The teams continue the series with another 8:05pm CT contest on Tuesday. Left-hander Chris Narveson (2-4, 5.35), who twirled eight scoreless frames in his last outing, will man the bump for the Sounds to face Albuquerque right-hander Matt Palmer (4-3, 4.10).
Albuquerque Isotopes (51-41) 6, Nashville Sounds (32-60) 5
July 8th, 2013
2B: Gennett (10, Sanchez, J).
HR: Statia (3, 3rd inning off Sanchez, J, 1 on, 1 out), Gindl (10, 3rd inning off Sanchez, J, 0 on, 1 out), Prince (8, 3rd inning off Sanchez, J, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Prince 5; Gennett 2; Statia 4; Gindl 5.
RBI: Statia 2 (17), Gindl 2 (45), Prince (33).
2-out RBI: Prince.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Chavez, O; Lalli.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Prince 2 (12, 2nd base off Sanchez, J/Baker, Jo, 3rd base off Sanchez, J/Baker, Jo).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Garner (Buss at 2nd base).
TB: Herrera, E; Buss 2; Gordon, D; Baker, Jo.
RBI: Stewart, I (21), Castellanos, A (39), Buss 3 (65), Barden (33).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castellanos, A; Barden.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
SB: Herrera, E (13, 2nd base off Nelson/Lalli), Gordon, D (32, 2nd base off Nelson/Lalli).
CS: Baker, Jo (1, 2nd base by Nelson/Lalli).
TopicsAlbuquerque Isotopes, Albuquerque NM, Alex Castellanos, Brian Barden, Caleb Gindl, Chris Narveson, Hainley Statia, Ian Stewart, Isotopes Park, Jimmy Nelson, John Baker, Jonathan Sanzhez, Josh Prince, Matt Palmer, Milwaukee Brewers, Nashville Sounds, Scooter Gennett, Sounds
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