Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds opened their four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox with a 7-5 victory on Tuesday evening at historic Greer Stadium.
Marty McLeary (6-7) picked up the win for Nashville after authoring the Sounds’ first quality start in the club’s past 11 games. The right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits in his six innings of work to improve to 6-0 in seven home starts for the Sounds.
Brendan Katin and Martin Maldonado each homered for Nashville in the contest.
Colorado Springs grabbed an early lead against McLeary, plating three first-inning runs after the first two batters of the frame were retired.
Cole Garner drilled a two-out double off the base of the batter’s eye in center to start the rally. After Jay Payton walked, Chris Nelson plated the night’s first run with a single to left. After Payton and Nelson executed a double steal, Sky Sox first sacker Mike Paulk drove home both baserunners with a line drive single to center that was just out of the reach of a diving Eric Farris.
The Sounds got two of the runs back in the home half of the frame when Joe Koshansky (3-for-5) lined a two-out, two-run double to center off Colorado Springs starter Chaz Roe to make it a 3-2 contest. A pair of walks came back to haunt the right-hander as Carlos Gomez and Katin each drew a free pass in the frame before scoring on Koshansky’s two-bagger, as he upped his team-leading RBI total to 67 on the year.
Katin tied the game at 3-3 in the third with a one-out solo homer to left off Roe, his 17th roundtripper of the season.
Maldonado gave the Sounds their first lead of the night in the fourth when he led off the inning with his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to left-center off Roe that careened off the guitar-shaped scoreboard.
The Sounds extended their lead to 5-3 later in the fourth. McLeary followed Maldonado’s blast with a single to right. Norris Hopper and Gomez legged out consecutive bunt singles to load the bases for Mat Gamel, who lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate the Sounds hurler.
With runners on first and second, the inning ended with a bizarre double play as both runners broke on a 1-2 pitch to Katin, who was called out on strikes. Hopper successfully stole third on the play, but, as Gomez was hung up in a rundown between first and second, was then caught stealing home in a close play at the plate to end the frame.
Nashville tacked on a run in the seventh against Sky Sox reliever Andrew Johnston when shortstop Luis Cruz drove a one-out RBI double to left-center to plate Katin, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the frame.
The Sounds added one more run off Johnston in the eighth. With a runner on third and two outs, Colorado Springs skipper Stu Cole elected to intentionally walk Gamel to get to Katin, who made the visitors pay by delivering an RBI single to right.
Colorado Springs made Sounds closer Chris Smith sweat in the top of the ninth, plating a pair of runs to draw back within 7-5 before the right-hander brought an end to the contest. The visitors loaded the bases with one out before plating a run on a Travis Metcalf groundout. Paul Phillips followed with an RBI single to left to draw the Sky Sox within a pair of scores before Smith struck out Brad Eldred to close out the game.
Roe (7-12) took the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits in his six frames of action for the Sky Sox.
Gamel went 0-for-3 for the Sounds to snap his hitting streak at eight games.
The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm matchup on Wednesday. Left-hander Sam Narron (7-6, 4.08) will take the hill for the Sounds to face Colorado Springs southpaw Kurt Birkins (4-7, 5.84).
Nashville Sounds (64-59) 7, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (55-68) 5
August 17th, 2010
|Herrera, J, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||6||.261|
|Nelson, C, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||2||4||.330|
|Johnston, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Miller, M, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.329|
|Phillips, P, C||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.255|
|a-Walked for Johnston, A in the 9th.|
2B: Garner (26, McLeary).
TB: Frey; Garner 4; Payton 2; Nelson, C 2; Paulk; Metcalf; Phillips, P 3; Roe.
RBI: Nelson, C (48), Paulk 2 (47), Metcalf (60), Phillips, P (6).
2-out RBI: Nelson, C; Paulk 2; Phillips, P.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Herrera, J 2; Nelson, C; Paulk; Frey; Eldred.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 13.BASERUNNING
SB: Nelson, C (6, 2nd base off McLeary/Maldonado, M), Payton (12, 3rd base off McLeary/Maldonado, M).
DP: (Phillips, P-Nelson, C-Phillips, P).
|Gomez, C, CF||4||1||1||0||1||2||4||.300|
|Smith, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cruz, L, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.281|
|Maldonado, M, C||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.227|
|Johnson, D, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Singled for McLeary in the 6th. b-Walked for Johnson, D in the 8th.|
2B: Koshansky (17, Roe), Cruz, L (25, Johnston, A).
HR: Katin (17, 3rd inning off Roe, 0 on, 1 out), Maldonado, M (5, 4th inning off Roe, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hopper 2; Gomez, C; Katin 5; Koshansky 4; Cruz, L 2; Maldonado, M 4; McLeary; Stern.
RBI: Koshansky 2 (67), Katin 2 (53), Maldonado, M (18), Gamel (59), Cruz, L (58).
2-out RBI: Koshansky 2; Katin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, L; Gomez, C; Maldonado, M 2; Koshansky.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
SB: Gomez, C (2, 2nd base off Roe/Phillips, P), Hopper (21, 3rd base off Roe/Phillips, P).
CS: Hopper (7, 2nd base by Johnston, A/Phillips, P).
PB: Maldonado, M (4).
|Roe (L, 7-12)||6.0||8||5||5||4||4||2||5.80|
|McLeary (W, 6-7)||6.0||9||3||3||1||3||0||6.98|
|Johnson, D (H, 8)||2.0||2||0||0||1||2||0||4.42|
WP: Roe 2.
IBB: Gamel (by Johnston, A).
HBP: Katin (by Johnston, A), Phillips, P (by Johnson, D).
Pitches-strikes: Roe 103-66, Johnston, A 43-26, McLeary 100-64, Johnson, D 41-22, Smith, C 22-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Roe 4-4, Johnston, A 1-1, McLeary 10-4, Johnson, D 3-1, Smith, C 1-0.
Batters faced: Roe 29, Johnston, A 12, McLeary 28, Johnson, D 10, Smith, C 7.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Latter. 1B: Darren Budahn. 2B: . 3B: Jason Arends.
Weather: 76 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 1 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media