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Sounds Lose Second Straight To I-Cubs, 3-2

 

Almonte Homers For Lone Nashville Runs In Contest

Nashville SoundsDes Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds suffered their second consecutive loss to the division-leading Iowa Cubs on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-2 at Principal Park.

With the defeat, the Sounds (66-62) dropped a season-high eight games behind the I-Cubs with only 16 games remaining on their schedule.

Nashville out-hit Iowa in the game, 8-6, but finished just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base on the afternoon.

After the Sounds left runners in scoring position in each of the first two frames, Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the second on Bryan LaHair’s RBI single off Nashville starter Marty McLeary (6-8), who drew the loss despite a quality start effort (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R).

Nashville pulled in front, 2-1, in the fifth when Adam Stern (3-for-4) led off with a double then scored on Erick Almonte’s second home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-center off Iowa starter Jay Jackson.

The I-Cubs responded immediately, however, getting both runs back in the home half of the frame against McLeary. LaHair led off with a double and tied the contest at 2-2 when he scored two batters later on a Matt Camp double. The Cubs pulled back ahead later in the frame when catcher Chris Robinson scored on a bases-loaded, double-play groundout.

The Sounds’ best chance to tie the contest again came in the eighth, when they put runners on first and second with one out against Cubs reliever Jeff Gray. However, Norris Hopper bounced into a fielder’s choice before the right-hander induced an inning-ending lineout from Ben Johnson to escape the jam unscathed.

Right-hander Jeff Stevens worked around a one-out Stern single in the ninth to work a scoreless frame and notch his fifth save of the year.

Jackson (10-8) picked up the win for Iowa after holding the Sounds to two runs on five hits while striking out six over his five innings of work.

The division rivals continue the series with a 7:05pm meeting on Monday. Left-hander Sam Narron (7-7, 4.32) is scheduled to start for the Sounds. Iowa will counter with right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-1, 2.61).

Iowa Cubs (74-54) 3, Nashville Sounds (66-62) 2

August 22nd, 2010

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville       0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Iowa       0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 3 6 0
Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Stern, LF 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 .319
Farris, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .288
  Villanueva, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Smith, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Olmedo, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .284
Almonte, 3B 5 1 1 2 0 1 4 .332
Koshansky, 1B 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .247
Cruz, L, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .282
Katin, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .269
Hopper, CF 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .301
Johnson, B, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .190
McLeary, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .214
  a-Raburn, PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .254
Totals 35 2 8 2 1 10 23 .275
 
 
a-Struck out for McLeary in the 7th. b-Lined out for Smith, C in the 9th.
 
BATTING

2B: Stern (14, Jackson, J).

HR: Almonte (2, 5th inning off Jackson, J, 1 on, 1 out).

TB: Stern 4; Almonte 4; Koshansky; Katin; Hopper 2.

RBI: Almonte 2 (33).

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Koshansky; McLeary; Cruz, L; Johnson, B.

Team RISP: 1-for-8.

Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING

SB: Stern (6, 2nd base off Jackson, J/Robinson, C).

FIELDING

DP: 3 (Farris-Cruz, L-Koshansky 2, McLeary-Johnson, B-Koshansky).

Iowa AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Wright, T, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .238
Adduci, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .255
Smith, M, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .326
Hoffpauir, M, 1B 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .282
Scales, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .258
LaHair, LF 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 .305
Robinson, C, C 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 .231
Camp, SS 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 .291
Jackson, J, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .296
  a-Dubois, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .247
  Chen, H, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Snyder, Br, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .301
  Gray, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Stevens, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 3 6 2 3 4 10 .278
 
a-Walked for Jackson, J in the 5th. b-Popped out for Chen, H in the 7th.
 
BATTING

2B: LaHair (29, McLeary), Camp (15, McLeary).

TB: Adduci; Hoffpauir, M; Scales; LaHair 3; Camp 2.

RBI: LaHair (69), Camp (34).

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Camp; Adduci.

S: Robinson, C.

GIDP: Smith, M; Wright, T; Robinson, C.

Team RISP: 2-for-8.

Team LOB: 4.

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
McLeary (L, 6-8) 6.0 6 3 3 3 2 0 6.82
Villanueva  1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.97
Smith, C  1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.77
Totals 8.0 6 3 3 3 4 0 4.31
Iowa IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, J (W, 10-8) 5.0 6 2 2 1 6 1 4.27
Chen, H (H, 3) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5.15
Gray (H, 4) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.26
Stevens (S, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.38
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 1 10 1 4.17

WP: McLeary.

HBP: Cruz, L (by Jackson, J), Farris (by Chen, H), Koshansky (by Gray).

Pitches-strikes: McLeary 81-52, Villanueva 8-6, Smith, C 18-11, Jackson, J 82-53, Chen, H 29-18, Gray 11-9, Stevens 18-13.

Groundouts-flyouts: McLeary 12-3, Villanueva 0-3, Smith, C 0-1, Jackson, J 3-6, Chen, H 2-1, Gray 1-1, Stevens 0-1.

Batters faced: McLeary 25, Villanueva 3, Smith, C 3, Jackson, J 23, Chen, H 7, Gray 5, Stevens 4.

Umpires: HP: Cory Blaser. 1B: John Tumpane. 2B: . 3B: Mark Buchanan.

Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.

Wind: 5 mph, Varies.

T: 2:37.

Att: 6,769.

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media


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