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Nashville Sounds beat Iowa Cubs 3-1 for fifth straight victory

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN - The red-hot Nashville Sounds sent a season-high crowd of 8,011 fans home happy on Saturday evening at Greer Stadium by recording their fifth straight victory, a 3-1 triumph over the Iowa Cubs.

The win combined with a Round Rock loss to New Orleans gave Nashville (17-12) sole possession of first place in its division for the first time since April 17th, 2011. The Sounds have won eight of their last nine games.

Nashville Sounds win fifth straight with 3-1 victory over Iowa (photo courtesy Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds win fifth straight with 3-1 victory over Iowa (photo courtesy Nashville Sounds)

Nashville starter Johnnie Lowe turned in a solid start for the Sounds, continuing the club’s recent outstanding work in that department. The right-hander held Iowa to one hit over four scoreless innings of work and struck out six batters during his 63-pitch outing.

Sounds starting pitchers have posted a collective 0.64 ERA (2er/28.0ip) in the last six games, blanking the opposition in five of those six contests.

The Sounds took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Elian Herrera legged out an infield single and later scored on a wild pitch uncorked by Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks (3-2), who took the loss.

Nashville extended its lead to 3-0 in the sixth on an RBI single from Hunter Morris followed by Jeremy Hermida’s run-scoring double off the left-center wall.

Brent Leach (2-0) followed Lowe with three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the victory. The southpaw allowed one hit and struck out four batters.

Iowa got on the board in the top of the eighth against Jeremy Jeffress, pulling within 3-1 and leaving a pair of runners in scoring position in the frame.

The Nashville right-hander issued consecutive one-out walks before Lars Anderson delivered an RBI single to left to break up the Sounds’ shutout bid. After a wild pitch put runners on second and third with one out, Jeffress escaped the jam by striking out Logan Watkins before inducing an inning-ending groundout from Arismendy Alcantara.

Dustin Molleken retired the Cubs in order in the ninth to close out the victory and notch his first save of the year.

The teams continue the series with a 2:05 p.m. matinee on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Ariel Pena (0-2, 5.29) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Iowa left-hander Eric Jokisch (2-1, 3.48).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (17-12) 3, Iowa Cubs (15-12) 1
May 3, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 3 6 0

 


 

Iowa AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Watkins, CF 4 0 1 0 0 3 3 .281
Alcantara, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .275
Baez, J, SS 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 .157
Valaika, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .337
Vitters, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .191
Villanueva, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .198
Jackson, B, RF 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .114
Flores, L, C 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .321
Hendricks, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .111
Rosscup, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
a-Anderson, La, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .244
Cabrera, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 1 3 1 3 13 8 .234
a-Singled for Rosscup in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Villanueva (9, Lowe).
TB: Anderson, La; Watkins; Villanueva 2.
RBI: Anderson, La (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jackson, B; Alcantara 3.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Hendricks (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Diaz, R).
PO: Watkins (1st base by Leach).FIELDING
DP: (Flores, L-Baez, J).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Orr, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .310
Herrera, CF 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 .250
Velez, LF 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .383
Morris, H, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .267
Hermida, RF 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .266
Diaz, R, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .224
Falu, SS-3B 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 .272
Green, T, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .262
a-Halton, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .218
Gomez, H, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .197
Lowe, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Leach, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
b-Statia, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .267
Jeffress, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Molleken, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 3 6 2 3 10 12 .249
a-Struck out for Green, T in the 6th. b-Struck out for Leach in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Hermida (4, Rosscup).
TB: Velez; Hermida 2; Falu; Herrera; Orr; Morris, H.
RBI: Morris, H (14), Hermida (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hermida; Halton 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Herrera (3, 2nd base off Hendricks/Flores, L).
CS: Falu (5, 2nd base by Hendricks/Flores, L).FIELDING
Pickoffs: Leach (Watkins at 1st base).

 

 

Iowa IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hendricks (L, 3-2) 5.1 5 3 3 2 8 0 4.25
Rosscup 1.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.38
Cabrera, A 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.32
Totals 8.0 6 3 3 3 10 0 3.79

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe 4.0 1 0 0 1 6 0 0.00
Leach (W, 2-0) 3.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.38
Jeffress (H, 1) 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 2.45
Molleken (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.89
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 3 13 0 3.55

 


WP: Hendricks, Jeffress 2.
IBB: Falu (by Rosscup).
Pitches-strikes: Hendricks 93-63, Rosscup 31-18, Cabrera, A 12-6, Lowe 63-41, Leach 30-20, Jeffress 23-11, Molleken 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hendricks 6-0, Rosscup 0-2, Cabrera, A 1-1, Lowe 2-2, Leach 2-1, Jeffress 1-0, Molleken 1-0.
Batters faced: Hendricks 22, Rosscup 7, Cabrera, A 3, Lowe 14, Leach 9, Jeffress 6, Molleken 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Rosscup 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Brian Hertzog. 1B: Shaun Lampe. 2B: Thomas Newsom. 3B: Tom Woodring.
Weather: 79 degrees, clear.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:38.
Att: 8,011.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
May 3, 2014


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