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Gamel Homers For Nashville In Losing Effort
RENO, NV – The Nashville Sounds lost their second straight game to open their road trip on Thursday evening, falling 3-2 to Reno at Aces Ballpark.
The loss combined with an Iowa victory earlier in the evening dropped the Sounds (59-53) to a season-worst five games out of the division lead.
The Sounds grabbed a first-inning lead when Eric Farris (2-for-4) reached on a one-out double off Reno starter Kevin Mulvey and scored the contest’s first run when Mat Gamel (2-for-4) followed with an RBI single to left.
The Aces tied it at 1-1 in the third when Mulvey reach on a one-out single off Sounds starter Chase Wright and came around to score on Ryan Roberts’ two-out RBI double to center.
Nashville reclaimed the lead in the fifth when Gamel led off by tattooing Mulvey’s 2-1 offering over the wall in right-center for his ninth home run of the season.
Reno came back to grab the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth, making it a 3-2 contest.
Tony Abreu and Ed Rogers opened the frame with back-to-back singles off Wright to put runners on the corners for catcher Ed Easley, who reached on a fielding error by Sounds third baseman Erick Almonte that allowed Abreu to score.
After Mulvey sacrifice the runners to second and third with only one out, Wright walked Doug Deeds on four pitches to load the bases. Roberts (2-for-3) continued his solid night by lifting a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Easley with the go-ahead run in unearned fashion.
Neither team scored the rest of the way. The Sounds had runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh frames but went 0-for-4 in those situations as Reno held on for a one-run victory.
Each starting pitcher turned in a quality start in the contest.
Mulvey (6-7) held the Sounds to two runs on eight hits over seven innings to pick up the victory, while Wright (7-7) took a hard-luck loss after giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits over six frames.
Sounds manager Don Money was ejected from the game by first-base umpire Will Robinson in the seventh inning after Adam Stern was called out at first base on a sacrifice bunt attempt. It marked Money’s first ejection in his two seasons as the Nashville skipper.
Carlos Rosa closed out the Reno victory by retiring all six batters he faced to notch his fifth save of the year.
Mike McClendon struck out a season-high five batters in two innings of relief work for the Sounds behind Wright.
The teams continue the series with another 9:05pm CT meeting on Friday. Right-hander Marty McLeary (5-6, 7.13) looks to continue his recent success on the hill when he mans the bump for the Sounds to square off against Reno right-hander Matt Torra (7-6, 4.14).
Reno Aces (50-63) 3, Nashville Sounds (59-53) 2
August 5th, 2010
WP: Wright, C.
Pitches-strikes: Wright, C 81-49, McClendon 35-21, Mulvey 95-73, Rosa 26-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, C 8-3, McClendon 0-1, Mulvey 8-9, Rosa 3-0.
Batters faced: Wright, C 25, McClendon 8, Mulvey 27, Rosa 6.
Ejections: Nashville Sounds Manager Don Money ejected by 1B umpire Will Robinson (7th).
Umpires: HP: Mark Ripperger. 1B: Will Robinson. 2B: . 3B: Brad Purdom.
Weather: 87 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to RF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAces Park, Adam Stern, Carlos Rosa, Chase Wright, Don Money, Doug Deeds, Ed Easley, Ed Rogers, Eric Farris, Erick Almonte, Kevin Mulvey, marty McLeary, Mat Gamel, Matt Torra, Mike McClendon, Nashville Sounds, Reno Aces, Ryan Roberts, Tony Abreu, Will Robinson
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