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Nashville Sounds start 2014 with 4-2 win over Omaha Storm Chasers

 

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Gomez Goes Deep in Triple-A Debut; Velez 2-For-3 with Two Runs

Nashville SoundsPapillion, NE – The Nashville Sounds secured a season-opening win Friday night at Werner Park, highlighted by a three-run home run from shortstop Hector Gomez, to defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers by a score of 4-2.

Gomez entered the game as the only Sounds player without Triple-A experience, but did not waste any time to contribute: adding to the Sounds 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with a deep drive over the left-field wall to claim Nashville’s first home run of the season. The shot scored Caleb Gindl, who singled with two outs, and Eugenio Velez to give Nashville the 4-0 advantage.

Nashville Sounds Baseball.

Nashville Sounds Baseball.

The Sounds first run came in the third inning when Velez, 2-for-3, moved around the bases on Omaha pitcher Chris Dwyer’s miscues. Velez singled to reach base, moved to third on Dwyer’s pickoff error, and scored on a wild pitch.

Right-handed pitcher Johnny Hellweg (1-0) led the Sounds defensively, turning in 5 1/3 innings of work from the hill to pick up the win. The reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year allowed two earned runs on six hits in the contest, fanned four Chasers and walked two.

Reliever Donovan Hand entered in the sixth for Hellweg with one out and Omaha’s Jimmy Paredes on third. Hand induced his first batter, Brian Fletcher, into a grounder that third baseman Irving Falu fielded and threw to catcher Robinzon Diaz to eliminate the scoring threat.

Hand completed the sixth and remained in the game for a scoreless seventh inning to finish with two strikeouts and one hit over 1 2/3 innings pitched. Michael Blazek made his Sounds debut in the home half of the eighth inning and limited Omaha to just one hit before closer Rob Wooten worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch the save.

On top of the solid pitching, the Sounds defense turned three double-plays in the game.

Dwyer (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing Nashville four runs on four hits, two walks, one error, and a pair of wild pitches.

The Sounds had the bases loaded with one out in the third inning, but the Storm Chasers kept Nashville to one run in the frame as Diaz grounded into a 5-2-3 double-play.

Velez’s single in the third extends his Sounds hit streak to 23 games, which began last season on August 12, and his on-base streak to 37 games. He finished the night with two of the team’s six hits.

The Sounds play games two and three of the series as part of a doubleheader beginning at 2:05pm.

Throwing for the Sounds will be Milwaukee Brewers top prospect RHP Jimmy Nelson opposite Omaha’s RHP Aaron Brooks, while lefty Brad Mills gets the nod for Nashville in the nightcap against LHP John Lamb. Both games will be seven-inning contests and will be broadcast on 102.5-FM The GAME.

Box Score

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

 

Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Irving Falu 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Elian Herrera 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250
Robinzon Diaz C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Hunter Morris 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Sean Halton DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Caleb Gindl RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Eugenio Velez LF 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667
Hector Gomez SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .250
Kevin Mattison CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Totals 33 4 6 0 0 1 3 2 7 .182

 


 

BATTING
HR: Gomez, H (1, 4th inning off Dwyer, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Velez 2; Gomez, H 4; Falu; Herrera; Gindl.
RBI: Gomez, H 3 (3).
2-out RBI: Gomez, H 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morris, H; Mattison.
SAC: Falu.
GIDP: Diaz, R.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Falu (1, 2nd base off Walters, P/Pena, F), Velez (1, 2nd base off Troncoso/Pena, F).
CS: Velez (1, 2nd base by Dwyer/Pena, F).
PO: Velez (1st base by ).FIELDING
E: Hellweg (1, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Velez (Fields, M at home).
DP: 3 (Gomez, H-Herrera-Morris, H 3).

 

Omaha Storm Chasers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Brett Eibner CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Christian Colon 2B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Johnny Giavotella 3B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 .500
Jimmy Paredes RF 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500
Brian Fletcher DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Matt Fields 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .250
Jason Donald SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500
Francisco Pena C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Paulo Orlando LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Totals 30 2 8 3 1 0 1 3 8 .267

 

 

BATTING
2B: Giavotella 2 (2, Hellweg, Blazek), Fields, M (1, Hellweg).
3B: Paredes (1, Hellweg).
TB: Giavotella 4; Fletcher; Paredes 4; Donald 2; Fields, M 2.
RBI: Giavotella (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Paredes.
GIDP: Fields, M, Fletcher, Colon, C.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Colon, C (1, 3rd base off Hellweg/Diaz, R).
CS: Fletcher (1, 2nd base by Hand, D/Diaz, R).FIELDING
E: Dwyer (1, throw).
PB: Pena, F (1).
DP: (Giavotella-Pena, F-Fields, M).

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Johnny Hellweg (W, 1-0) 5.1 6 2 2 2 4 0 3.38
Donovan Hand (H, 1) 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Michael Blazek (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Rob Wooten (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 3 8 0 2.00

 

Omaha Storm Chasers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chris Dwyer (L, 0-1) 5.0 4 4 3 2 4 1 5.40
P.J. Walters 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Ramon Troncoso 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 4 3 2 7 1 3.00

 

 

WP: Dwyer 2.
HBP: Colon, C (by Hellweg).
Pitches-strikes: Hellweg 82-48, Hand, D 18-12, Blazek 16-10, Wooten 9-7, Dwyer 76-47, Walters, P 26-16, Troncoso 13-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hellweg 7-0, Hand, D 2-0, Blazek 1-0, Wooten 2-0, Dwyer 4-6, Walters, P 2-3, Troncoso 1-0.
Batters faced: Hellweg 22, Hand, D 5, Blazek 4, Wooten 3, Dwyer 21, Walters, P 10, Troncoso 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Hand, D 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Hertzog. 1B: Marcus Pattillo. 2B: Shaun Lampe. 3B: Eddie Newsome.
Weather: 41 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 2:30.
Att: 4,225.
Venue: Werner Park.
April 4, 2014

 


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