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Nashville Sounds take two from Round Rock Express Friday night at Greer Stadium

 

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Nashville’s Matt Clark and Logan Schafer Provide Game-Winning Hits

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds (64-56) picked up their third doubleheader sweep at Greer Stadium on Friday night, winning 4-2 over the Round Rock Express in game one and 2-1 in game two.

In the opener, first baseman Matt Clark belted a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Sounds a dramatic 4-2 victory over the Express.

It was the 10th last at-bat victory of the season for Nashville, which extended its lead to one game over the Memphis Redbirds in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

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Clark’s game-ending homer, his fifth of the year, came against Round Rock starter Robbie Ross, Jr. (4-4), who drew the loss.

The Sounds, who entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 2-1, tied the score against Ross when Jason Rogers led off with a single and Sean Halton followed with a single, which plated pinch-runner Kevin Mattison with the tying run when right fielder Bryan Peterson misfired to the infield.

Clark followed by blasting Ross’ 3-0 offering to right to end the contest.

Sounds starter Michael Blazek, who took a no-decision for Nashville after allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings, continued his recent dominance of PCL hitters before late Express heroics ruined his chance at a victory.

Prior to giving up a run in the top of the seventh, he extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 consecutive frames over his last three starts. In 13 starts for the Sounds, the right-hander carries a 2.73 ERA (17er/56.0ip).

The Sounds took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Clark (3-for-3) led off with a single against Ross and later scored on Irving Falu’s two-out RBI single.

With the Sounds two outs away from notching a shutout, Round Rock first baseman Tomas Telis belted a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Telis’ blast, an opposite-field shot to left which came on a 2-0 offering from Sounds reliever Alfredo Figaro, was the infielder’s first of the year and also plated Ryan Rua, who had singled earlier in the frame against Blazek.

Nashville extended a couple of significant streaks during the opener. Jeremy Hermida singled in the first inning to up his home on-base streak to 32 consecutive games, the longest such streak by a PCL player this season, which came to an end in game two. Logan Schafer (2-for-3) doubled in the third inning to run his longest hitting streak of the year to seven games.

In the nightcap, Logan Schafer hit a bases-loaded single in 5th inning to power the Sounds to a 2-1 victory over the Express.

Schafer’s one-out hit scored Matt Clark, who drew a walk to lead off the inning, and Irving Falu, who singled through the infield. Schafer extends his season-best hit streak to eight games.

Keeping the Express off the rails was newcomer Jay Jackson, who made his first start as a Sound a good one by scattering three hits over four scoreless frames. The right-hander fanned seven batters and walked only one in his 54-pitch debut.

Sounds reliever Jose De La Torre (3-2) served up a scoreless fifth inning and left the game with two outs in the sixth after walking Ryan Rua. Brent Leach entered to close the inning, but allowed a single and committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt to grant Round Rock their only run.

Dustin Molleken delivered a spotless ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the year. De La Torre was awarded the win.

Nashville also picked up hits from Sean Halton, Eugenio Velez, and catcher Adam Weisenburger, who ripped a double to left-center field in his first Triple-A at-bat in the 3rd inning.

The teams continue the series with a 6:35pm matchup. Right-hander Taylor Jungmann (5-5, 4.90) will make the start for the Sounds and face Round Rock right-hander Luke Jackson (1-0, 6.58).

Box Score – Game 1

Nashville Sounds (63-56) 4, Round Rock Express (61-58) 2
August 8, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 10 1

 


 

Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sardinas, SS 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .267
Choice, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .260
Hoying, CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .252
Rua, 3B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .287
Telis, 1B 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .337
Nicholas, C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .285
Lillibridge, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .232
Petersen, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .258
Donald, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239
Ross Jr., P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 24 2 6 2 1 3 6 .261
BATTING
HR: Telis (1, 7th inning off Figaro, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Sardinas; Nicholas; Rua; Petersen; Hoying; Telis 4.
RBI: Telis 2 (9).
SAC: Donald.
GIDP: Choice.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
CS: Donald (2, 2nd base by Blazek/Pagnozzi).FIELDING
E: Petersen (5, throw).
Outfield assists: Petersen (Falu at 2nd base).
DP: 3 (Sardinas-Donald-Telis 3).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 .259
Velez, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .311
Hermida, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .262
Rogers, J, 3B 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 .290
1-Mattison, PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .218
Halton, DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .287
Clark, M, 1B 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 .269
Gomez, H, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .265
Pagnozzi, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .221
Falu, 2B 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .286
Blazek, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Figaro, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 23 4 10 3 0 3 6 .259
1-Ran for Rogers, J in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Schafer, L (7, Ross Jr.).
HR: Clark, M (5, 7th inning off Ross Jr., 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Clark, M 6; Rogers, J 2; Schafer, L 3; Hermida; Halton; Falu.
RBI: Falu (14), Clark, M 2 (16).
2-out RBI: Falu.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Velez.
SAC: Gomez, H.
GIDP: Gomez, H, Halton, Velez.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 2.BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer, L (4, 3rd base off Ross Jr./Nicholas).FIELDING
E: Rogers, J (5, fielding).
DP: 2 (Gomez, H-Clark, M, Schafer, L).

 

 

Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ross Jr. (L, 4-4) 6.0 10 4 4 0 3 1 5.10
Totals 6.0 10 4 4 0 3 1 4.74

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blazek 6.1 4 1 1 1 2 0 3.65
Figaro (BS, 2)(W, 5-2) 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 3.99
Totals 7.0 6 2 2 1 3 1 3.59


Ross Jr. pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.

Pitches-strikes: Ross Jr. 87-59, Blazek 88-54, Figaro 15-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ross Jr. 9-2, Blazek 7-5, Figaro 0-0.
Batters faced: Ross Jr. 24, Blazek 22, Figaro 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Figaro 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Adam Schwarz. 1B: Travis Eggert. 3B: Ramon DeJesus.
Weather: 86 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
T: 2:00.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
August 8, 2014

Box Score – Game 2

Nashville Sounds (64-56) 2, Round Rock Express (61-59) 1
August 8, 2014

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

 


 

Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sardinas, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Choice, DH 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .252
Hoying, CF 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 .250
Rua, LF 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 .290
Telis, C 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .337
Nicholas, 1B 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .283
Lillibridge, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .229
Petersen, RF 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 .256
Wilson, Jo, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 .263
Claudio, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
West, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 25 1 4 0 2 12 9 .261
BATTING
2B: Rua (9, Jackson, J).
TB: Sardinas; Wilson, Jo; Rua 2; Telis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hoying; Lillibridge; Nicholas.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Rua (Halton at 2nd base).
DP: (Sardinas-Nicholas).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF-RF 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 .261
Velez, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .311
Hermida, DH 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .259
Rogers, J, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Halton, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .287
Mattison, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218
Clark, M, 1B 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .267
Gomez, H, SS 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .264
Falu, 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .289
Weisenburger, C 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000
Jackson, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
De La Torre, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Molleken, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 21 2 5 2 2 6 7 .259
BATTING
2B: Weisenburger (1, Claudio).
TB: Velez; Weisenburger 2; Falu; Schafer, L; Halton.
RBI: Schafer, L 2 (9).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Velez.
GIDP: Velez.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
E: Leach (4, pickoff).

 

 

Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Claudio (L, 0-1) 4.1 5 2 2 2 5 0 4.15
West 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.09
Totals 6.0 5 2 2 2 6 0 4.73

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, J 4.0 3 0 0 1 7 0 0.00
De La Torre, J (W, 3-2) 1.2 0 1 0 1 3 0 2.37
Leach (H, 12) 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.42
Molleken (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.70
Totals 7.0 4 1 0 2 12 0 3.57

 

 


Pitches-strikes: Claudio 65-43, West 18-11, Jackson, J 54-36, De La Torre, J 31-19, Leach 5-4, Molleken 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Claudio 6-0, West 1-1, Jackson, J 2-2, De La Torre, J 0-0, Leach 1-0, Molleken 0-0.
Batters faced: Claudio 19, West 4, Jackson, J 16, De La Torre, J 6, Leach 2, Molleken 3.
Inherited runners-scored: West 2-0, Leach 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Travis Eggert. 1B: Ramon DeJesus. 3B: Adam Schwarz.
Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:01.
Att: 6,459.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
August 8, 2014


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