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Nashville Sounds lose Saturday night 12-7 to Albuquerque Isotopes

 

Nashville SoundsAlbuquerque, NM – The Nashville Sounds suffered their seventh consecutive loss on Saturday evening, falling 12-7 against Albuquerque at Isotopes Park.

Every starting Sounds position player recorded a hit during the club’s 13-hit effort, paced by a 2-for-5 Eugenio Velez effort that included a homer and extended the infielder’s on-base streak to 27 consecutive games.

Nashville Sounds Baseball.

Nashville Sounds Baseball.

The Sounds grabbed a 3-0 first-inning lead, scoring on a passed ball and two RBI groundouts, before Albuquerque countered with two runs in the home half of the frame on a pair of run-scoring singles.

Velez led off the third with his second home run of the year to make it a 4-2 Nashville leave but the ‘Topes evened the contest at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning before plating four two-out runs against Aaron Laffey in the fourth to take an 8-4 advantage. Scott Van Slyke contributed a two-run triple while was followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Eliezer Alfonzo.

Laffey (6-8) was saddled with the loss for Nashville after giving up eight runs on 11 hits in just four innings of work.

Neither team scored again until the seventh, when the clubs exchanged single runs. Velez ripped a two-out shot to first base that scooted under the glove of Alfonzo to allowed Blake Davis to scored in unearned fashion. In the Albuquerque half, Chili Buss (4-for-4) led off with a single and later scored on a Jesus Sanchez balk.

Nashville pulled within 9-7 in the eighth with a pair of two-out runs off Onelki Garcia, but the Isotopes again responded to a Sounds rally in the top half of an inning with one of their own in the home half, plating three runs against the Nashville bullpen to bring the score to its final 12-7 standing.

All three runs in the inning came via a two-out, three-run Alex Castellanos roundtripper and were team unearned against the Sounds, although two of the runs were earned against Kyle Heckathorn, who surrendered the tater.

The Sounds put a pair of baserunners on in the ninth against Javy Guerra, but the right-hander closed out the victory by fanning Stephen Parker to nail down his tenth save of the year.

Nashville will look to avoid suffering the rare five-game sweep when the teams wrap up the series with a 7:05pm CT finale on Sunday. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg (11-5, 2.97) will take the hill for the Sounds to face Albuquerque right-hander Matt Palmer (6-7, 3.72).


Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 7 13 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 2 4 0 0 1 3 X 12 15 1

 

Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kentrail Davis CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .277
Eugenio Velez 2B 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 .336
Sean Halton RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .286
Hunter Morris 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .236
Blake Lalli C 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .274
Josh Prince LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Stephen Parker 3B 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .213
Blake Davis SS 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .259
Aaron Laffey P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .115
Johnnie Lowe P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
a- Hainley Statia PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
Jesus Sanchez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b- Robinzon Diaz PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .351
Travis Webb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kyle Heckathorn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 7 13 1 0 1 5 4 9 .252

 

a-Struck out for Lowe in the 7th. b-Grounded into a forceout for Sanchez, Je in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Davis, B (16, Ortega, A).
HR: Velez (2, 3rd inning off Fife, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Velez 5; Prince 2; Lalli; Halton; Davis, B 3; Parker, S; Morris, H 2; Davis, Ke 2.
RBI: Lalli (32), Prince (50), Velez (15), Diaz, R (18), Davis, Ke (13).
2-out RBI: Davis, Ke.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parker, S 2; Morris, H; Velez.
GIDP: Lalli, Parker, S.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
CS: Davis, Ke (5, 2nd base by Fife/Butera).FIELDING
E: Velez (6, throw).
DP: 2 (Parker, S-Velez-Morris, H, Sanchez, Je-Davis, B-Morris, H).
Albuquerque Isotopes
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Dee Gordon SS 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .298
Elian Herrera 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280
Scott Van Slyke LF-1B 4 4 3 1 1 0 3 1 0 .358
Eliezer Alfonzo 1B 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 .342
Onelki Garcia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alex Castellanos RF 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .257
Nick Buss RF-LF 4 2 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 .310
Brian Barden 3B 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .270
Matt Angle CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
Javy Guerra P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Drew Butera C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167
Stephen Fife P 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Anthony Ortega P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Tony Gwynn LF-CF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
Totals 36 12 15 1 1 2 11 3 2 .272

 

BATTING
2B: Van Slyke (16, Laffey).
3B: Van Slyke (2, Laffey).
HR: Alfonzo (2, 4th inning off Laffey, 1 on, 2 out), Castellanos, A (19, 8th inning off Heckathorn, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Van Slyke 6; Castellanos, A 4; Barden 2; Butera; Alfonzo 5; Fife; Buss 4; Gordon, D.
RBI: Van Slyke 3 (47), Buss 2 (94), Barden (50), Alfonzo 2 (10), Castellanos, A 3 (61).
2-out RBI: Buss; Barden; Van Slyke 2; Alfonzo 2; Castellanos, A 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gordon, D 2; Angle.
SAC: Fife 2.
GIDP: Barden, Angle.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Gordon, D (48, 2nd base off Laffey/Lalli), Buss (19, 2nd base off Laffey/Lalli), Gwynn (11, 2nd base off Webb/Lalli).FIELDING
E: Alfonzo (1, fielding).
PB: Butera (3).
DP: 2 (Herrera, E-Gordon, D-Alfonzo, Gordon, D-Herrera, E-Alfonzo).

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Aaron Laffey (L, 6-8) 4.0 11 8 8 1 1 1 6.82
Johnnie Lowe 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.80
Jesus Sanchez 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
Travis Webb 0.2 0 1 0 0 1 0 7.18
Kyle Heckathorn 0.1 1 2 2 2 0 1 3.52
Totals 8.0 15 12 9 3 2 2 4.66

 

Albuquerque Isotopes
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stephen Fife (W, 2-4) 5.0 3 4 4 4 3 1 6.27
Anthony Ortega 1.2 4 1 0 0 2 0 4.58
Onelki Garcia (H, 2) 1.0 4 2 2 0 1 0 4.26
Javy Guerra (S, 10) 1.1 2 0 0 0 3 0 2.97
Totals 9.0 13 7 6 4 9 1 4.02

 

WP: Laffey.
Balk: Sanchez, Je.
IBB: Van Slyke (by Heckathorn).
HBP: Halton (by Fife), Gordon, D (by Laffey).
Pitches-strikes: Laffey 76-52, Lowe 21-14, Sanchez, Je 9-6, Webb 16-9, Heckathorn 15-4, Fife 75-40, Ortega, A 37-24, Garcia, O 22-14, Guerra, J 28-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Laffey 9-0, Lowe 2-2, Sanchez, Je 1-1, Webb 2-0, Heckathorn 0-0, Fife 8-1, Ortega, A 3-0, Garcia, O 2-0, Guerra, J 0-1.
Batters faced: Laffey 24, Lowe 7, Sanchez, Je 4, Webb 3, Heckathorn 4, Fife 20, Ortega, A 10, Garcia, O 7, Guerra, J 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Heckathorn 1-1, Garcia, O 2-0, Guerra, J 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Kellen Levy. 1B: Shaun Lampe. 3B: Stu Scheurwater.
Weather: 86 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 20 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:18 (1:26 delay).
Att: 11,802.
Venue: Isotopes Park.
August 24, 2013


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