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Gamel Belts Two Homers in Sounds’ 11-8 Series-Opening Win

Narron  Wins Fifth Straight Start For Nashville

Nashville SoundsAlbuquerque, NM – Third baseman Mat Gamel belted a pair of homers and drove in four runs to lead the Nashville Sounds to an 11-8 victory in a slugfest against Albuquerque on Friday evening at Isotopes Park in the opener of a four-game series.

The win was the second in a row against the Isotopes for Nashville (53-46). The Sounds went an efficient 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the contest.

Gamel paced a 14-hit Sounds attack with his 4-for-5 evening that including four RBIs, four runs scored, and his sixth and seventh roundtrippers of the season.

Left-hander Sam Narron (6-3) picked up a victory in his fifth straight start for Nashville, the longest win streak by a Sounds hurler this season. The 6-foot-7 southpaw allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits over 5 2/3 frames in the hitter-friendly environment.

The teams exchanged two-run frames in the first inning before the Sounds erupted for a six-run rally in the top of the fourth to take an 8-2 lead.

Luis Cruz led off the Nashville fourth with a single and moved to third on Ray Olmedo’s double to center off Albuquerque starter Jesus Castillo. Catcher Ben Johnson followed with a go-ahead RBI single and Narron added a sacrifice fly. Later in the frame, Norris Hopper lined a run-scoring single to center to give the Sounds a 5-2 lead and chase Castillo from the contest.

Gamel greeted Isotopes reliever Jesus Rodriguez by belting his sixth home run of the season, a three-run shot to left that made it an 8-2 contest.

After Ivan DeJesus Jr. plated a run for the Isotopes with a two-out single off Narron in the fifth, the Sounds’ Brendan Katin matched with a two-out RBI knock of his own in the top of the sixth to extend the Nashville lead to 9-3.

Albuquerque chased Narron from the contest with a five-run rally in the home half of the sixth that pulled the Isotopes within a run at 9-8. Catcher A.J. Ellis plated two of the runs with a triple in the frame.

The Sounds answered with a run of their own in the top of the seventh when Olmedo and Johnson ripped back-to-back doubles off Isotopes reliever Ramon Troncoso to increase their cushion to 10-8.

Gamel struck again in the eighth, swatting a one-out solo homer to left off Jon Link, to make it an 11-8 contest.

In his third rehab appearance for the Sounds, reliever LaTroy Hawkins closed out the contest with a pair of scoreless innings to earn his first save of the year, marking back-to-back appearances for the veteran.

He retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth on three consecutive groundouts, tossing just five pitches in the frame. In the ninth, the right-hander allowed a one-out single to Russ Mitchell (4-for-5) before inducing a game-ending double play grounder from John Lindsey.

In his three PCL outings, Hawkins has allowed two singles in 4 1/3 scoreless frames.

Castillo (1-4) absorbed the defeat for Albuquerque after surrendering seven runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

The teams continue the series with another 8:05pm CT contest on Saturday. Right-hander Josh Butler will make his first Triple-A appearance of the year when he starts for the Sounds. Albuquerque will counter with right-hander Seth Etherton (3-2, 4.55).

Albuquerque Isotopes (51-47) 8, Nashville Sounds (53-46) 11

July 23rd, 2010

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville       2 0 0 6 0 1 1 1 0 11 14 2
Albuquerque       2 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 8 14 0
Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Cain, CF 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .333
Hopper, LF 5 2 2 1 0 0 1 .284
Gamel, 3B 5 4 4 4 0 0 0 .287
Katin, RF 5 0 2 2 0 1 0 .259
Koshansky, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 3 1 .240
Cruz, L, SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .283
Olmedo, 2B 4 2 2 0 1 1 2 .270
Johnson, B, C 4 1 2 2 1 0 1 .227
Narron, P 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 .000
  Dillard, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
  a-Stern, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .301
  Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hawkins, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Totals 38 11 14 11 5 7 9 .266
 
 
 
a-Walked for Dillard in the 7th.
 
BATTING

2B: Olmedo 2 (16, Castillo, J, Troncoso), Gamel (10, Troncoso), Johnson, B (5, Troncoso).

HR: Gamel 2 (7, 4th inning off Rodriguez, Je, 2 on, 1 out; 8th inning off Link, 0 on, 1 out).

TB: Cain; Hopper 2; Gamel 11; Katin 2; Cruz, L; Olmedo 4; Johnson, B 3.

RBI: Katin 2 (43), Cruz, L (44), Johnson, B 2 (13), Narron (1), Hopper (30), Gamel 4 (35).

2-out RBI: Katin.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Olmedo.

SF: Cruz, L; Narron.

GIDP: Cain.

Team RISP: 7-for-9.

Team LOB: 7.FIELDING

E: Cruz, L (16, throw), Gamel (12, throw).

PB: Johnson, B (2).

DP: 3 (Cruz, L-Olmedo-Koshansky, Hand-Koshansky, Cruz, L-Koshansky).

Albuquerque AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Oeltjen, T, RF 5 2 1 1 0 0 1 .310
De Jesus, I, 2B 5 0 2 1 0 0 2 .294
Mitchell, R, 3B 5 1 4 2 0 0 1 .318
Lindsey, 1B 5 0 1 1 0 1 5 .374
Hoffmann, CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .309
Restovich, LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .292
Ellis, A, C 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 .286
Sellers, J, SS 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .256
Castillo, J, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Rodriguez, Je, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Herrera, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .233
  Troncoso, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Link, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Gibbons, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .326
  Dohmann, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 8 14 8 1 3 14 .301
 
a-Grounded out for Rodriguez, Je in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Link in the 8th.
 
BATTING

2B: Lindsey (27, Narron), Sellers, J (9, Narron).

3B: Ellis, A (1, Narron).

TB: Oeltjen, T; De Jesus, I 2; Mitchell, R 4; Lindsey 2; Hoffmann; Restovich 2; Ellis, A 3; Sellers, J 3.

RBI: Mitchell, R 2 (61), Lindsey (55), De Jesus, I (39), Ellis, A 2 (2), Sellers, J (21), Oeltjen, T (48).

2-out RBI: De Jesus, I; Mitchell, R.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Restovich; Lindsey 2.

S: Troncoso.

GIDP: Sellers, J; Lindsey.

Team RISP: 6-for-13.

Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING

SB: Oeltjen, T 2 (19, 2nd base off Narron/Johnson, B, 2nd base off Dillard/Johnson, B).

FIELDING

DP: (Sellers, J-De Jesus, I-Lindsey).

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Narron (W, 6-3) 5.2 11 8 7 1 2 0 3.61
Dillard (H, 5) 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.69
Hand (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Hawkins (S, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 14 8 7 1 3 0 3.94
Albuquerque IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Castillo, J (L, 1-4) 3.1 8 7 7 2 2 0 9.61
Rodriguez, Je  1.2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3.60
Troncoso  2.0 4 2 2 1 0 0 5.23
Link  1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 4.46
Dohmann  1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5.79
Totals 9.0 14 11 11 5 7 2 5.46

Pitches-strikes: Narron 94-58, Dillard 15-10, Hand 10-6, Hawkins 16-10, Castillo, J 62-35, Rodriguez, Je 21-13, Troncoso 37-21, Link 20-14, Dohmann 14-7.

Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 8-7, Dillard 0-0, Hand 0-0, Hawkins 6-0, Castillo, J 3-4, Rodriguez, Je 2-1, Troncoso 5-1, Link 1-0, Dohmann 1-0.

Batters faced: Narron 29, Dillard 2, Hand 3, Hawkins 6, Castillo, J 20, Rodriguez, Je 7, Troncoso 10, Link 4, Dohmann 4.

Inherited runners-scored: Dillard 1-1, Rodriguez, Je 2-2.

Umpires: HP: Casey Moser. 1B: Tyler Funneman. 2B: . 3B: Michael Lusky.

Weather: 82 degrees, cloudy.

Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.

T: 3:02.

Att: 9,555.

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

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