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Nashville Sounds take down El Paso Chihuahuas, 4-2

 

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Nashville’s Matt Clark and Eugenio Velez Go Yard; Michael Blazek Deals Quality Start

Nashville SoundsEl Paso, TX – The Nashville Sounds (68-57) edged the El Paso Chihuahuas Thursday night at Southwest University Park to win by a final 4-2 margin.

Nashville got on the board first courtesy of a Matt Clark, 3-for-4, solo home run in the second inning. The first baseman has lifted four homers over the last three games.

Clark’s streak of three consecutive games with a dinger is the longest by a Sound this season. He has left the yard nine times since joining the Sounds on July 4th.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mateen Sidiq Nashville Sports Network)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mateen Sidiq Nashville Sports Network)

After singling to reach base in the sixth, Clark added to the Sounds’ cause by scoring on Pete Orr’s triple to the corner in right field. Orr finished the night 2-for-4.

Outfielder Eugenio Velez, 3-for-4, blasted his seventh home run of the season in the seventh inning to give Nashville a 4-0 lead over the Chihuahuas. The one-out roundtripper over the right field wall scored Logan Schafer, who doubled to reach scoring position and extend his hit streak to 12 games, the longest by a Sound this season.

After six scoreless innings, Sounds starting pitcher Michael Blazek (3-4) ran into trouble. El Paso newcomer Jeff Francoeur singled to lead off the seventh and was followed by Yeison Asencio, who touched the right-hander for a two-run homer to end his night.

But that’s all the bite the Chihuahuas could muster as relievers Brent Leach, Alfredo Figaro and Rob Wooten each turned in a scoreless inning.

Blazek picked up his third win of the season with his six-inning quality start, while Wooten notched his11th save by fanning two in the ninth.

El Paso’s Matt Wisler (7-5) took the loss, allowing Nashville two runs on five hits and one walk over six innings.

The win keeps Nashville a half-game ahead of the Memphis Redbirds for the division lead with 19 games to go. At 68-57, the Sounds sit a season-best 11 games above .500.

The Sounds will look to win the series over El Paso Friday night. Nashville sends RHP Ariel Pena (9-7, 4.28) to the hill opposite the Chihuahuas’ RHP Joe Wieland. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm.

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (68-57) 4, El Paso Chihuahuas (60-66) 2
August 14, 2014

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

 


 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF-LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .272
Velez, 2B 4 1 3 2 1 0 1 .318
Wooten, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hermida, RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 .264
Halton, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .284
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Figaro, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Falu, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Clark, M, 1B 4 2 3 1 0 1 0 .288
Gomez, H, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .270
Orr, 3B 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .289
Weisenburger, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .273
Blazek, P 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .214
Mattison, CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .214
Totals 37 4 9 4 1 9 15 .261
BATTING
2B: Orr (17, Wisler), Schafer, L (9, Smith, C), Clark, M (5, Smith, C).
3B: Orr (6, Wisler).
HR: Clark, M (9, 2nd inning off Wisler, 0 on, 0 out), Velez (7, 7th inning off Smith, C, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Clark, M 7; Velez 6; Orr 5; Schafer, L 2.
RBI: Clark, M (21), Orr (34), Velez 2 (46).
2-out RBI: Orr.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton; Blazek; Weisenburger 3; Hermida.
SAC: Schafer, L.
Team RISP: 1-for-12.
Team LOB: 8.

 

 

El Paso AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Noel, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .245
Greene, SS 4 0 0 0 0 4 1 .297
Galvez, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .280
Francoeur, RF 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 .294
Asencio, LF 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 .700
Lindsey, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .241
Castellanos, A, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .259
Gale, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .298
Rearick, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Wisler, P 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .278
Smith, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Moore, A, C 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286
Totals 32 2 5 2 0 12 6 .274
BATTING
HR: Asencio (2, 7th inning off Blazek, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Castellanos, A; Wisler; Asencio 5; Francoeur.
RBI: Asencio 2 (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gale; Galvez.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
SB: Noel (26, 2nd base off Blazek/Weisenburger).FIELDING
E: Castellanos, A (8, throw), Wisler (3, throw).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blazek (W, 3-4) 6.0 5 2 2 0 5 1 3.61
Leach (H, 14) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.33
Figaro (H, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.01
Wooten (S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5.14
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 0 12 1 3.59

 

El Paso IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wisler (L, 7-5) 6.0 5 2 2 1 7 1 5.16
Smith, C 1.1 3 2 2 0 1 1 4.97
Rearick 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.73
Totals 9.0 9 4 4 1 9 2 5.28

 

 


Blazek pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP: Wisler.
Pitches-strikes: Blazek 90-57, Leach 16-10, Figaro 11-7, Wooten 13-9, Wisler 101-68, Smith, C 21-12, Rearick 22-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blazek 9-3, Leach 0-0, Figaro 1-0, Wooten 0-0, Wisler 10-1, Smith, C 3-0, Rearick 2-1.
Batters faced: Blazek 23, Leach 3, Figaro 3, Wooten 3, Wisler 26, Smith, C 7, Rearick 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Rearick 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Greg Stanzak. 1B: Ryan Blakney. 3B: Alberto Ruiz.
Weather: 78 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, Varies.
T: 2:45.
Att: 8,092.
Venue: Southwest University Park.
August 14, 2014


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