Albuquerque, NM – The Nashville Sounds powered past the Albuquerque Isotopes, 12-6, on Monday afternoon at Isotopes Park in the finale of a four-game set.
With the victory, Nashville (55-47) splits the season series with Albuquerque, 8-8, for the second consecutive season.
The Sounds erupted for seven runs in the opening frame as the Sounds batted around for the sixth time this year, highlighted by outfielder Lorenzo Cain hitting two triples off Albuquerque starter Alberto Bastardo in the same inning.
Cain led off the contest with his first triple to right field and scored the first run on a Norris Hopper RBI single in the next at-bat. Bastardo then offered up a two-run home run to Joe Koshansky over the right field wall for a 3-0 lead. Koshansky’s homer was his team-leading 17th of the season and his second straight game with a long ball.Bastardo then allowed three consecutive singles to Nashville, as catcher Martin Maldonado extended his season-long hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI base hit to center to score Ray Olmedo. After a Chase Wright walk, Cain smacked a two-out bases-clearing triple to center for a 7-0 Sounds advantage.
Cain’s accomplishment marked the fourth time that any player in the minor leagues has recorded two triples in the same inning since 2005: Peter Bourjos of the Rookie Orem Owlz in 2006, Dayton Buller of the Double-A Connecticut Defenders in 2007, and Carl Uhl of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters in 2009.
It was also the 11th time in Sounds history a player has tripled twice in a game, as Dave Krynzel was the last to do so on April 16, 2006 vs. the Oklahoma RedHawks.
Former Sounds outfielder Trent Oeltjen doubled to begin the next frame for Albuquerque and later scored on a Jay Gibbons RBI single to put the Isotopes on the board.
Nashville added a run in the next inning for an 8-1 lead. Brendan Katin was hit a Bastardo pitch, moved to second on a fielder’s choice, advanced to third on an Olmedo single, and then came home on an Eric Farris infield groundout.
Nashville scored two more runs in the next inning as Cain singled to begin the Nashville third and advanced on to third on an Albuquerque fielding error. Mat Gamel recorded an RBI for the eighth straight contest by driving home Cain from third with a line drive base hit, followed by Nashville’s 10th run of the contest coming on a Jesus Rodriguez wild pitch that allowed Hopper to score.
The Isotopes plated three runs on four hits in the next frame to come within six runs with RBIs from Justin Sellers, Gibbons, and Jamie Hoffmann.
The Sounds got a run back in the top of the fifth inning as the club recorded three consecutive base hits off reliever Josh Lindblom. Hopper singled to center to lead off, moved to second on a Gamel base hit, and came home on a Katin RBI base knock.
Albuquerque scored its final two runs in the next frame from RBI doubles from Lucas May and Oeltjen.
Maldonado scored Nashville’s 12th run on a two-out solo homer in the top of the eighth inning. The Sounds catcher belted the first pitch he saw from Ramon Troncoso for his third long ball of the season.
Sounds starter Chase Wright (7-6) got the win, allowing six runs while scattering 11 hits with five strikeouts over five innings thrown. In his fourth rehab appearance for the Brewers, reliever LaTroy Hawkins gave up two hits in two scoreless innings. Donovan Hand also threw a scoreless frame in relief.
Bastardo (4-2) was roughed up for eight runs (four earned) on six hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched to take the loss for the Isotopes.
Farris and Gamel each added two hits to extend their identical hitting-streaks to 10 games.
The Sounds travel back to Music City to open an eight-game homestand, beginning at 7:05pm CT tomorrow evening at historic Greer Stadium against the division-rival Omaha Royals. Right-hander Marty McLeary (4-6, 8.13) takes the mound for Nashville against Omaha right-hander Luis Mendoza (5-7, 4.97).
Albuquerque Isotopes (52-49) 6, Nashville Sounds (55-47) 12
July 26th, 2010
|Maldonado, M, C||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.215|
|Wright, C, P||3||1||1||0||1||1||4||.320|
|a-Grounded out for Hawkins in the 8th.|
3B: Cain 2 (3, Bastardo, Bastardo).
HR: Koshansky (17, 1st inning off Bastardo, 1 on, 2 out), Maldonado, M (3, 8th inning off Troncoso, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Cain 7; Hopper 2; Gamel 2; Katin; Koshansky 4; Olmedo; Farris 2; Maldonado, M 5; Wright, C.
RBI: Hopper (31), Koshansky 2 (57), Maldonado, M 2 (11), Cain 3 (7), Farris (7), Gamel (38), Katin (44).
2-out RBI: Koshansky 2; Maldonado, M 2; Cain 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hopper; Wright, C 2; Olmedo; Cain; Farris.
Team RISP: 6-for-18.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (6, 2nd base off Rodriguez, Je/May).
|Oeltjen, T, RF||5||1||3||1||0||1||1||.313|
|Mitchell, R, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.318|
|Sellers, J, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.266|
|Rodriguez, Je, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a-De Jesus, I, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.295|
|a-Flied out for Lindblom in the 7th.|
2B: Oeltjen, T 2 (31, Wright, C, Wright, C), Mitchell, R (26, Wright, C), May (13, Wright, C).
TB: Oeltjen, T 5; Herrera; Mitchell, R 3; Lindsey; Gibbons 2; Hoffmann; May 3; Sellers, J.
RBI: Gibbons 2 (75), Hoffmann (55), Sellers, J (27), May (45), Oeltjen, T (49).
2-out RBI: Sellers, J; Oeltjen, T.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: May 2; Rodriguez, Je; Gibbons 2; Herrera; Hoffmann.
Team RISP: 5-for-18.
Team LOB: 10.FIELDING
E: Mitchell, R (10, fielding), Herrera (2, fielding).
|Wright, C (W, 7-6)||5.0||11||6||6||1||5||0||4.56|
|Bastardo (L, 4-2)||1.1||6||8||4||1||1||1||4.88|
Troncoso pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
WP: Rodriguez, Je.
IBB: Maldonado, M (by Rodriguez, Je).
HBP: Lindsey (by Wright, C), Lindsey (by Wright, C), Katin (by Bastardo).
Pitches-strikes: Wright, C 90-59, Hawkins 28-21, Hand 11-6, Bastardo 42-29, Rodriguez, Je 38-21, Lindblom 52-34, Troncoso 21-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, C 6-2, Hawkins 2-4, Hand 3-0, Bastardo 0-2, Rodriguez, Je 5-2, Lindblom 1-5, Troncoso 2-0.
Batters faced: Wright, C 29, Hawkins 8, Hand 3, Bastardo 14, Rodriguez, Je 14, Lindblom 13, Troncoso 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Rodriguez, Je 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Casey Moser. 1B: Tyler Funneman. 2B: . 3B: Michael Lusky.
Weather: 71 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:41 (1:20 delay).
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media