Trent Oeltjen returns to Nashville and drives in Winning-Run
Nashville, TN — The Nashville Sounds lost to the Albuquerque Isotopes, 7-6, in 13 innings on Monday evening at historic Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game set.
In his first game playing in Nashville single joining the Dodgers organization, Isotopes outfielder Trent Oeltjen knocked in the game-winning run in the top of the 13th inning, as Justin Sellers smacked a double to begin frame. Sellers moved to second on a sacrifice, and later scored as Oeltjen grounded out to first baseman Joe Koshansky.
At four hours and twenty minutes, it was Nashville’s (51-44) longest game this season, as the club moved to 5-6 in extra-inning ball on the year.
The Isotopes used seven pitchers in the game, as Jesus Castillo (1-3) allowed one hit over 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball to pick up the win. Jack Taschner earned his second save.
Tim Dillard (2-5) picked up the tough loss on his 27th birthday, giving up just one run on three hits in four innings pitched in relief.
The Sounds took an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame as Adam Stern, Norris Hopper, and Mat Gamel hit consecutive singles off Albuquerque starting pitcher Seth Etherton.
The Isotopes knotted the game one in the top of the third inning as starter Chuck Lofgren walked two Albuquerque hitters to start the frame. John Lindsay singled home Etherton to tie the game and then was thrown out trying to advance to second base.
Oeltjen crushed an RBI triple to right center to score Etherton again and give Albuquerque the lead. The next batter, Ivan De Jesus Jr., hit a sacrifice fly to score Oeltjen for a 3-1 advantage.
In the next inning, outfielder Jamie Hoffmann hit a solo homer to left center that extended the Isotopes lead to 4-1, his fifth home run of the season. Hoffmann came into the contest hitting .467 (14-for-30) against Nashville through the first eight games of the season series.
In his first Triple-A appearance this season for the Sounds, Robert Hinton entered the game in the top of the seventh inning and walked the first batters on eight pitches and allowed a single to Russ Mitchell to load the bases with no outs. John Lindsay hit an infield groundout to bring home the next run for a 5-1 lead. Hinton stuck out the next two hitters to escape the inning.
After the first two hitters reached base with singles to begin the next inning, the Isotopes tacked on another run for a 6-1 lead, thanks to a Jay Gibbons infield groundout. The Sounds plated a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to reduce the deficit to four runs at 6-2. Johnny Raburn walked to lead off the inning, with Hopper doubling to put runners on second and third. Gamel then picked up his second RBI of the game by grounding out to second base and plating the runner from third.
Trailing four runs to the Isotopes, Nashville scored four runs in the ninth frame to tie the game at 6-6. Koshansky led off with a double to left center with pinch hitter Erick Almonte singling over Koshansky to third. Next up during the Martin Maldonado at-bat, Jon Link attempted to pick off Almonte at first and threw the ball into the visitor’s bullpen, allowing Koshansky to score from third.
Reliever Scott Dohmann entered the game to relieve Link and allowed a Maldonado RBI base hit to extend his season-long hitting streak to nine games and score Almonte. Johnny Raburn, who entered the contest in the previous inning during a double switch, then crushed a game-tying two-run homer down the right field line, his third long ball of the season.
The Sounds rallied to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning, but were unable to capitalize and win the game. Stern hit a leadoff single, followed by walks from Gamel and Katin, but Castillo struck out Koshansky and got Luis Cruz to pop out and end the inning.
Lofgren surrendered four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings pitched while matching a season-high six strikeouts. Hinton allowed one run on one hit and two walks with two strikeouts in one inning thrown. Donovan Hand gave up one run in two innings of work.
Etherton threw his fifth quality start for Albuquerque, allowing one run on four hits with a strikeout over six innings.
Albuquerque catcher Lucas May went 0-for-6 with six strikeouts in the contest.
The Sounds and Isotopes will continue their four-game series with Tuesday’s 7:05pm CT contest at Greer Stadium. Left-hander Chris Waters (5-6, 3.48) takes the mound for Nashville against Albuquerque lefty Alberto Bastardo (3-1, 4.87).
Albuquerque Isotopes (49-45) 7, Nashville Sounds (51-44) 6
July 19th, 2010
|Oeltjen, T, RF||6||2||1||2||1||2||1||.311|
|De Jesus, I, 2B||4||0||0||1||2||0||1||.293|
|Mitchell, R, 3B||5||0||2||0||1||1||1||.313|
|Castillo, J, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sellers, J, SS||5||1||2||0||1||2||2||.247|
|Rodriguez, Je, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Grounded into a double play for Lindblom in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Dohmann in the 10th.|
2B: Sellers, J (8, Dillard).
3B: Oeltjen, T (4, Lofgren).
HR: Hoffmann (5, 6th inning off Lofgren, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Oeltjen, T 3; Mitchell, R 2; Lindsey; Hoffmann 5; Restovich 3; Sellers, J 3; Etherton.
RBI: Lindsey 2 (53), Oeltjen, T 2 (45), De Jesus, I (36), Hoffmann (52).
2-out RBI: Lindsey; Hoffmann.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: May; Etherton; Hoffmann 2; Closser.
SF: De Jesus, I.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.FIELDING
E: Link (1, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Hoffmann (Cruz, L at 2nd base).
DP: (Lindsey-Sellers, J).
|Cruz, L, SS||6||0||1||0||0||1||6||.288|
|b-Johnson, B, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.213|
|Maldonado, M, C||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.172|
|a-Singled for Hand in the 9th. b-Walked for Dillard in the 13th.|
2B: Katin (10, Etherton), Hopper (8, Rodriguez, Je), Koshansky (14, Link).
HR: Raburn (3, 9th inning off Dohmann, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Stern 2; Hopper 3; Gamel; Katin 2; Koshansky 2; Cruz, L; Almonte; Maldonado, M; Raburn 4.
RBI: Gamel 2 (26), Maldonado, M (8), Raburn 2 (23).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Olmedo; Katin; Cruz, L 2; Stern.
S: Hopper; Maldonado, M.
Team RISP: 3-for-15.
Team LOB: 10.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Stern (Lindsey at 2nd base).
DP: (Raburn-Cruz, L-Koshansky).
|Dohmann (BS, 4)||0.2||1||1||1||0||0||1||5.94|
|Castillo, J (W, 1-3)||3.1||1||0||0||4||3||0||7.71|
|Taschner (S, 2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.60|
|Dillard (L, 2-5)||4.0||3||1||1||1||4||0||4.71|
IBB: Gamel (by Castillo, J).
HBP: Lindsey (by Lofgren).
Pitches-strikes: Etherton 83-52, Lindblom 13-7, Rodriguez, Je 16-9, Link 18-11, Dohmann 8-5, Castillo, J 57-29, Taschner 10-5, Lofgren 96-61, Hinton 26-13, Hand 25-20, Dillard 55-42.
Groundouts-flyouts: Etherton 5-11, Lindblom 0-0, Rodriguez, Je 2-0, Link 2-0, Dohmann 1-1, Castillo, J 4-2, Taschner 1-1, Lofgren 2-9, Hinton 1-0, Hand 4-0, Dillard 7-1.
Batters faced: Etherton 23, Lindblom 3, Rodriguez, Je 4, Link 5, Dohmann 3, Castillo, J 15, Taschner 2, Lofgren 27, Hinton 6, Hand 7, Dillard 16.
Inherited runners-scored: Link 1-0, Dohmann 1-1, Taschner 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dixon Stureman. 1B: Eric Loveless. 2B: . 3B: Shaun Francis.
Weather: 91 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media