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Nashville Sounds lose to Las Vegas 51s 8-7 in ninth inning

 

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Losing Streak Reaches Season-High Five Games for Sounds

Nashville SoundsLas Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas 51s plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to hang an 8-7 loss on the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday evening at Cashman Field in the opener of a four-game series.

The Las Vegas rally, which came against Sounds closer Donovan Hand, occurred after Hunter Morris had belted a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth to stake the Sounds to a 7-6 advantage, the club’s first lead in five games.

The heartbreaking defeat extended Nashville’s losing streak to a season-high five games.

Nashville Sounds Baseball

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Las Vegas grabbed a 4-0 first-inning lead by belting a pair of home runs off Sounds starter Michael Blazek. Second baseman Daniel Muno put the home team on the board with a one-out solo homer, the infielder’s eighth of the year, before Brandon Allen added a two-out, three-run shot to right.

The 51s tacked on another run in the second by taking advantage of a fielding error by Nashville second baseman Irving Falu. Muno singled home pitcher Joel Carreno, who had reached on the gaff.

Nashville jumped on the scoreboard in the fifth to snap a 13 2/3-inning scoreless stretch for the club. Robinzon Diaz (3-for-4) singled with one out against Carreno and raced home to score on Logan Schafer’s two-out triple to center. Jeff Bianchi later added a two-run homer to left, his third of the year.

Las Vegas extended its lead to 6-3 in the home half of  the fifth when Cory Vaughn delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle off Sounds reliever Brent Leach to bring home Allan Dyskstra, who was plunked to open the frame.

Carreno worked a quality start for the 51s, holding the Sounds to three runs while striking out eight batters over his six innings of action, but took a no-decision for his efforts.

After leaving a pair of runners in scoring position during a scoreless seventh, the Sounds broke through to tie the game with a three-run eighth inning against Ryan Reid.

Sean Halton led off with a single, moved to third on a Caleb Gindl single, and scored from third on a passed ball.  After pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida drew a walk and Hector Gomez moved the runners into scoring position with a groundout, Diaz leveled the contest at 6-6 with a two-run single up the middle that chased Reid from the contest.

Morris led off the ninth with his team-leading ninth home run of the year, a blast to right off Las Vegas reliever Buddy Carlyle.

The 51s didn’t go down without a fight against Hand in the bottom of the ninth, however, rallying to hand Nashville its sixth last at-bat defeat of the year.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a comebacker to Hand and the hurler had Nieuwenhuis caught in a rundown between second and third, but he delivered the ball late to second and both runners were safe on the fielder’s choice. Cesar Puello followed with a game-tying RBI double and, three batters later following a groundout and an intentional walk to load the bases, Vaughn slapped a game-ending single to center.

The teams continue the series with another 9:05pm CT matchup on Wednesday night. Right-hander Taylor Jungmann (2-3, 6.12) will make the start for the Sounds and face Las Vegas right-hander Logan Verrett (5-2, 4.79).

Box Score

Las Vegas 51s (41-31) 8, Nashville Sounds (38-35) 7
June 17, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 1 7 16 1
Las Vegas 51s 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 12 0


Two out when winning run scored.

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 .368
Bianchi, SS 4 1 2 2 1 1 4 .277
Morris, H, 1B 5 1 1 1 0 0 5 .273
Halton, LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 .269
Gindl, RF 5 1 2 0 0 2 1 .259
Falu, 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .285
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Green, T, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .243
Jeffress, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Hermida, PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .251
Hand, D, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Gomez, H, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 3 5 .249
Diaz, R, C 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 .246
Blazek, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Orr, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .284
Totals 40 7 16 6 2 10 20 .258
a-Doubled for Leach in the 6th. b-Walked for Jeffress in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Green, T (9, Carreno).
3B: Schafer, L (2, Carreno).
HR: Bianchi (3, 5th inning off Carreno, 1 on, 2 out), Morris, H (9, 9th inning off Carlyle, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Falu; Orr; Bianchi 5; Schafer, L 5; Diaz, R 3; Halton 2; Morris, H 4; Gindl 2; Green, T 2.
RBI: Schafer, L (2), Bianchi 2 (9), Diaz, R 2 (12), Morris, H (32).
2-out RBI: Schafer, L; Bianchi 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton; Morris, H 3; Gomez, H 2; Bianchi.
SAC: Hand, D.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Bianchi (2, 2nd base off Carreno/d’Arnaud, T), Schafer, L (1, 2nd base off Reid/d’Arnaud, T).FIELDING
E: Falu (5, fielding).
Pickoffs: Leach (Satin at 1st base).

 


 

Las Vegas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Nieuwenhuis, CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .272
Muno, 2B 3 1 2 2 1 0 0 .259
d’Arnaud, T, C 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 .395
Dykstra, 1B 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 .294
Puello, LF 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .223
Satin, 3B 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 .293
Allen, LF-1B 4 1 2 3 1 1 2 .277
Vaughn, RF 5 0 2 2 0 0 1 .250
Quintanilla, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .257
Carreno, P 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .111
a-Seratelli, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .241
Reid, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rice, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Gronauer, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Carlyle, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 8 12 8 4 7 10 .283
a-Struck out for Carreno in the 6th. b-Popped out for Rice in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Nieuwenhuis (12, Blazek), Allen (4, Blazek), d’Arnaud, T (3, Jeffress), Puello (8, Hand, D).
HR: Muno (8, 1st inning off Blazek, 0 on, 1 out), Allen (6, 1st inning off Blazek, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Allen 6; Satin; Puello 2; Nieuwenhuis 3; d’Arnaud, T 3; Muno 5; Vaughn 2.
RBI: Muno 2 (32), Allen 3 (20), Vaughn 2 (8), Puello (15).
2-out RBI: Allen 3; Vaughn 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: d’Arnaud, T; Vaughn; Allen.
SAC: Muno.
Team RISP: 6-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
PO: Satin (1st base by Leach).FIELDING
PB: d’Arnaud, T (1).
Outfield assists: Nieuwenhuis (Falu at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Nieuwenhuis-Quintanilla-Dykstra, Dykstra).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blazek 3.2 6 5 4 2 3 2 4.75
Leach 1.1 2 1 1 1 0 0 2.67
Jeffress 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.59
Hand, D (L, 1-3) 1.2 3 2 2 1 1 0 5.08
Totals 8.2 12 8 7 4 7 2 3.47

 

Las Vegas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carreno 6.0 8 3 3 1 8 1 4.70
Reid (BS, 1) 1.1 5 3 3 1 1 0 3.72
Rice 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Carlyle (W, 2-1) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 1.42
Totals 9.0 16 7 7 2 10 2 4.64

 

 


Balk: Leach.
IBB: Allen (by Hand, D).
HBP: Nieuwenhuis (by Blazek), Dykstra (by Leach).
Pitches-strikes: Blazek 77-45, Leach 23-12, Jeffress 33-22, Hand, D 30-20, Carreno 93-64, Reid 33-19, Rice 7-6, Carlyle 10-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blazek 4-2, Leach 1-0, Jeffress 3-0, Hand, D 3-0, Carreno 4-3, Reid 2-0, Rice 1-1, Carlyle 1-0.
Batters faced: Blazek 20, Leach 6, Jeffress 7, Hand, D 10, Carreno 25, Reid 10, Rice 3, Carlyle 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Leach 2-0, Rice 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Nick Mahrley. 1B: Kolin Kline. 3B: Brandon Henson.
Weather: 91 degrees, clear.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:18.
Att: 2,698.
Venue: Cashman Field.
June 17, 2014


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