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Nashville Sounds blowout El Paso Chihuahuas, 13-3

 

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First-Place Nashville Matches Season High For Runs Scored

Nashville SoundsEl Paso, TX – First baseman Matt Clark belted a pair of home runs to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 13-3 rout over El Paso on Wednesday evening at Southwest University Park.

Nashville (67-57), which matched a season high with its 13 runs on the night, retained its half-game division lead over cross-state rival Memphis, which won in Albuquerque.

The teams combined for six home runs and 12 extra-base hits on the evening.

Nashville Sounds Baseball

Nashville Sounds Baseball

Shortstop Hector Gomez gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in the second when he belted his team-leading 14th home run of the year, a one-out solo shot to left off Andrew Cashner (0-1).

El Paso answered Gomez’s shot with a pair of their own in the home half of the frame to grab a 2-1 advantage.  Yeison Asencio and Adam Moore did the damage against Donovan Hand.

The home run show continued in the third when Clark slugged a two-out, two-run homer to right to put Nashville back on top, 3-2, and chase Cashner from the contest. The blast was Clark’s second in two nights and seventh on the year.

Logan Schafer singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, matching the longest effort by a Sounds player this season.

The Sounds broke the game open with a six-run outburst in the top of the fifth inning against a pair of El Paso relievers, sending 11 batters to the plate in the frame.

Clark got things started as he struck again for the Sounds, swatting a leadoff opposite-field homer down the left field line off Dennis O’Grady to up the Nashville lead to 4-2. The blast was Clark’s eighth with the Sounds and 18th overall on the year. His two-homer night is the fifth recorded by a Nashville batter in 2014.

Sean Halton (3-for-5) followed Clark’s blast with a single to chase O’Grady, and Gomez greeted new reliever Keyvius Sampson with an RBI double into the left field corner to make it a 5-2 contest. After a walk and hit batsman loaded the bases, the right-hander issued a walk to Schafer to force home Gomez. Eugenio Velez then lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center for a 7-2 Nashville lead and Jeremy Hermida capped off the scoring with a two-run double off the left-center wall.

Shortstop Tyler Greene hit El Paso’s third solo homer of the night to lead off the bottom of the fifth. The infielder’s seventh big fly of the year but the Nashville lead to 9-3.

Hand (2-7) snapped a five-game losing streak by earning the win for the Sounds. He allowed three runs (all on solo homers) in his five innings of work.

The Nashville offense kept going in the sixth, plating four more runs against new El Paso reliever Bobby LaFromboise. Pinch-hitter Irving Falu contributed an RBI single in the frame before Velez drilled a two-run double and Rogers plated a run with a groundout that upped the advantage to 13-3.

Dustin Molleken followed Hand with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief before Jose De La Torre recorded the final four outs to close out the Nashville win.

The teams continue the series with another 8:05pm CT matchup on Thursday. Right-hander Michael Blazek (2-4, 3.65) will toe the slab for the Sounds and square off against El Paso right-hander Matt Wisler (7-4, 5.30).

Box Score

El Paso Chihuahuas (60-65) 3, Nashville Sounds (67-57) 13
August 13, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 1 2 0 6 4 0 0 0 13 14 0
El Paso Chihuahuas 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 2

 


 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF 3 2 1 1 2 0 1 .273
Mattison, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .215
Velez, 2B 4 0 2 3 1 0 0 .313
Hermida, RF 4 1 2 2 1 2 3 .269
Gindl, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .234
Rogers, J, 3B 5 0 0 1 0 2 6 .289
Molleken, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
De La Torre, J, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Clark, M, 1B 5 2 2 3 1 1 3 .273
Halton, LF 6 1 3 0 0 1 2 .287
Gomez, H, SS 5 3 2 2 0 0 2 .272
Weisenburger, C 4 2 1 0 1 2 0 .429
Hand, D, P 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .000
a-Falu, PH-3B 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .286
Totals 42 13 14 13 7 9 18 .261
a-Singled for Hand, D in the 6th.
BATTING
2B: Halton (24, O’Grady), Gomez, H (23, Sampson), Hermida (17, Sampson), Velez (21, LaFromboise).
HR: Gomez, H (14, 2nd inning off Cashner, 0 on, 1 out), Clark, M 2 (8, 3rd inning off Cashner, 1 on, 2 out; 5th inning off O’Grady, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Clark, M 8; Velez 3; Schafer, L; Hermida 3; Weisenburger; Gomez, H 6; Halton 4; Falu.
RBI: Gomez, H 2 (44), Clark, M 3 (20), Schafer, L (10), Velez 3 (44), Hermida 2 (52), Falu (15), Rogers, J (29).
2-out RBI: Clark, M 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Clark, M 2; Gomez, H; Rogers, J 2; Halton.
SF: Velez.
GIDP: Gomez, H.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
SB: Velez (23, 2nd base off O’Grady/Moore, A).

 

 

El Paso AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Castellanos, A, LF 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 .259
Peterson, J, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
a-Greene, PH-SS 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .300
Galvez, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .284
Decker, C, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 .257
Asencio, RF 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 .833
Lindsey, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .243
Moore, A, C 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .287
Noel, CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .248
Cashner, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
O’Grady, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Sampson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .077
LaFromboise, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Lane, J, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .389
Ambriz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kloess, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Sullivan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
c-Gale, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
Totals 35 3 8 3 3 8 16 .275
a-Flied out for Peterson, J in the 3rd. b-Struck out for LaFromboise in the 6th. c-Grounded out for Sullivan in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Galvez (20, Hand, D), Asencio (1, Molleken).
HR: Asencio (1, 2nd inning off Hand, D, 0 on, 0 out), Moore, A (11, 2nd inning off Hand, D, 0 on, 1 out), Greene (7, 5th inning off Hand, D, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Moore, A 4; Noel; Asencio 7; Galvez 2; Greene 4; Lindsey.
RBI: Asencio (1), Moore, A (28), Greene (44).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Decker, C; Lindsey 2; Castellanos, A; Noel.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: Decker, C 2 (7, throw, fielding).
PB: Moore, A (3).
DP: (Greene-Lindsey-Galvez).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hand, D (W, 2-7) 5.0 5 3 3 3 3 3 5.40
Molleken 2.2 3 0 0 0 4 0 4.50
De La Torre, J 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.21
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 3 8 3 3.61
El Paso IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cashner (L, 0-1) 2.2 3 3 3 1 3 2 10.13
O’Grady 1.1 5 2 2 1 2 1 4.84
Sampson 1.0 2 4 4 3 0 0 6.70
LaFromboise 1.0 3 4 2 1 2 0 4.76
Ambriz 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.00
Kloess 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.73
Sullivan 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.73
Totals 9.0 14 13 11 7 9 3 5.29

 

 


O’Grady pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

WP: Hand, D, Sampson.
HBP: Hand, D (by Sampson).
Pitches-strikes: Hand, D 89-57, Molleken 47-32, De La Torre, J 16-10, Cashner 63-37, O’Grady 41-24, Sampson 33-16, LaFromboise 33-20, Ambriz 7-5, Kloess 10-4, Sullivan 17-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hand, D 2-5, Molleken 1-1, De La Torre, J 1-0, Cashner 3-2, O’Grady 1-0, Sampson 0-1, LaFromboise 2-0, Ambriz 2-0, Kloess 2-1, Sullivan 1-0.
Batters faced: Hand, D 23, Molleken 11, De La Torre, J 4, Cashner 14, O’Grady 10, Sampson 9, LaFromboise 8, Ambriz 3, Kloess 4, Sullivan 3.
Inherited runners-scored: De La Torre, J 1-0, Sampson 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Alberto Ruiz. 1B: Greg Stanzak. 3B: Ryan Blakney.
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Varies.
T: 3:46.
Att: 6,549.
Venue: Southwest University Park.
August 13, 2014


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