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Nashville Sounds lose 4-3 to Round Rock Express

 

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Matt Pagnozzi Belts Three-Run Homer To Provide Nashville Offense In Loss

Nashville SoundsRound Rock, TX – The Round Rock Express scored four unanswered runs to hang a 4-3 loss on the Nashville Sounds on Saturday evening at The Dell Diamond.

With the defeat, Nashville’s lead in the PCL American Conference Southern Division was reduced to a half-game over the Express.

Mike Fiers (6-4) took the loss despite turning in a quality start for the Sounds, allowing two earned runs (four total runs) on four hits while striking out eight and not walking a batter in his seven frames of work.

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Catcher Matt Pagnozzi gave the Sounds a 3-0 lead in the third inning when he belted a three-run homer to left off Express starter Luke Jackson. Caleb Gindl (walk) and Hector Gomez (single) scored on the blast, the backstop’s ninth round tripper of the year.

Pagnozzi’s longball extended Nashville’s season-best home run streak to eight straight games.

Nashville missed a chance to do further damage in the frame after loading the bases with one out following the Pagnozzi homer. However, Jackson escaped the jam by fanning Matt Clark and retiring Pete Orr on an inning-ending groundout.

Clark made his Nashville Sounds and Milwaukee Brewers organization debut in the contest, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Round Rock pulled back within a run at 3-2 in the bottom of the third with a pair of unearned runs resulting from a throwing error by Orr at third base. Following the gaff, Luis Sardinas and Jared Hoying contributed run-scoring doubles against Fiers.

The Express pulled in front in the fifth against Fiers. After the right-hander hit Josh Wilson with a pitch, Ryan Strausborger ripped a game-tying triple into the right field corner. Sardinas followed with a go-ahead RBI groundout to put the home team in front, 4-3.

Michael Kirkman (2-4) picked up the victory after working a pair of perfect relief innings behind Jackson for the Express.

After squandering the bases-loaded opportunity in the third, Nashville placed only one runner into scoring position in the final six frames against Round Rock pitchers. Kevin Mattison was stranded at second when Jeremy Hermida struck out to end the seventh.

Sidewinding closer Ben Rowen retired the Sounds in order in the top of the ninth to notch his third save of the year.

The teams wrap up the three-game series with a 7:05pm rubber match finale on Sunday evening. Right-hander Ariel Pena (4-6, 4.73) will make the start for the Sounds and face Round Rock right-hander Phil Irwin (4-1, 4.21).

Box Score

Round Rock Express (45-42) 4, Nashville Sounds (47-43) 3
July 5, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Round Rock Express 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 x 4 5 0

 


 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Mattison, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .186
Velez, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .317
Hermida, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .269
Halton, DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .283
Clark, M, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 .000
Orr, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .294
Gindl, RF 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .259
Gomez, H, SS 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 .253
Pagnozzi, C 4 1 1 3 0 1 1 .245
Fiers, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083
Jeffress, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 3 6 3 3 12 10 .260
BATTING
2B: Velez (17, Jackson).
HR: Pagnozzi (9, 3rd inning off Jackson, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Velez 3; Pagnozzi 4; Gomez, H 2; Halton.
RBI: Pagnozzi 3 (20).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Orr 2; Hermida.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Orr (7, throw).

 

 

Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sardinas, SS 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .286
Beltre, E, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .097
Hoying, CF 4 0 3 1 0 1 0 .267
Arencibia, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .256
Soto, G, DH 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Rua, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .258
Nicholas, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .251
Wilson, Jo, 3B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Strausborger, LF 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 .254
Jackson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kirkman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Klein, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rowen, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 30 4 5 4 0 8 4 .252
BATTING
2B: Sardinas (2, Fiers), Hoying (18, Fiers).
3B: Strausborger (3, Fiers).
TB: Sardinas 2; Strausborger 3; Hoying 4.
RBI: Sardinas 2 (4), Hoying (49), Strausborger (11).
2-out RBI: Hoying.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Arencibia 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
SB: Hoying (11, 2nd base off Fiers/Pagnozzi).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Fiers (L, 6-4) 7.0 4 4 2 0 8 0 2.63
Jeffress 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.78
Totals 8.0 5 4 2 0 8 0 3.54

 

Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson 4.0 5 3 3 2 5 1 6.43
Kirkman (W, 2-4) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6.59
Klein (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Rowen (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.61
Totals 9.0 6 3 3 3 12 1 4.70

 

 


HBP: Wilson, Jo (by Fiers).
Pitches-strikes: Fiers 91-65, Jeffress 15-10, Jackson 78-52, Kirkman 26-20, Klein 35-21, Rowen 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Fiers 9-1, Jeffress 2-1, Jackson 1-6, Kirkman 4-0, Klein 0-1, Rowen 2-0.
Batters faced: Fiers 27, Jeffress 4, Jackson 19, Kirkman 6, Klein 8, Rowen 3.
Umpires: HP: Scott Mahoney. 1B: Blake Davis. 3B: Roberto Ortiz.
Weather: 93 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:36.
Att: 11,443.
Venue: Dell Diamond.
July 5, 2014


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