Green Homers Twice To Cap 5-3 Nightcap Win
Papillion, NE – The Nashville Sounds split a doubleheader against the division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park, dropping the opener 4-1 before rallying to post a 5-3 win in the nightcap. The twinbill made up Friday evening’s rainout.
Third baseman Taylor Green powered the Sounds to victory in the second contest, belting a pair of solo homers in leading Nashville (6-5) to a 5-3 triumph which snapped the club’s three-game losing skid.
Green (2-for-3) belted a two-out solo homer off Omaha starter Vin Mazzaro in the top of the second inning to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead. The blast was the infielder’s second of the year.Nashville extended its advantage to 3-0 in the third on back-to-back, one-out RBI doubles against Mazzaro by Brandon Boggs (2-for-3) and Mat Gamel (3-for-4), whose two-bagger was his team-leading fifth of the young season.
Omaha got a run back against Sam Narron in the home half of the third. Left fielder Gregor Blanco laced a one-out double to left, stole third, and later scored on Eric Hosmer’s two-out RBI single to make it a 3-1 contest.
The Storm Chasers rallied to knot the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs against Narron in the fifth. Blanco led off by bouncing a ground-rule double over the wall in left, moved to third on a Lorenzo Cain single, and scored on David Lough’s sacrifice fly. After Cain stole second, the former Sound raced around to score the tying run on Hosmer’s second RBI single of the day.
The Sounds quickly retook the lead, however, plating a run in the top of the sixth against Omaha reliever Steven Shell. Martin Maldonado (2-for-2) led off with a walk and later moved to third on a one-out Eric Farris single before being driven home by Boggs’ RBI single to center to stake the visitors to a 4-3 advantage.
The inning continued as a Gamel single loaded the bases with one out. However, Shell escaped the jam without further damage as he induced a shallow flyout to left from Brett Carroll and popped up Jeremy Reed for the final two outs.
Green struck again in the seventh, swatting his second solo homer of the contest with one out off Shell to up the Sounds’ lead to 5-3.
Omaha put a pair of runners on base with one out in the bottom of the seventh against Sounds reliever Mike McClendon, but the right-hander struck out Clint Robinson before retiring Johnny Giavotella on a shallow flyout to center to end the contest.
McClendon (1-0) recorded the final five outs of the contest to notch his first win of the year for the Sounds. The right-hander has yet to allow a run through his first three appearances (5.2 IP) this season.
Shell (1-2) was saddled with the defeat after giving up two runs in his two frames of action.
In the opener, the Sounds fell 4-1 to the Storm Chasers. It marked the first time this season that Nashville suffered a loss by greater than a one-run margin.
The Sounds managed only two hits in the opener against Omaha pitching: singles by Eric Farris and Mike Rivera.
Nashville grabbed a 1-0 lead against Omaha starter Mike Montgomery without the benefit of a hit in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of a pair of errors by Storm Chasers third baseman Mike Moustakas.
After the third sacker booted Anderson Machado’s inning-opening grounder, he then made a throwing error on a Farris sacrifice bunt attempt, placing Sounds runners on the corners with no outs. Taylor Green followed with an RBI groundout to plate Machado with the game’s first run. Montgomery recovered to retire Mat Gamel and Brett Carroll in succession to strand Farris in scoring position and keep it a one-run contest.
Omaha rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a fielding error by Green, the Sounds’ third baseman. With one out, Eric Hosmer singled for the Storm Chasers’ first hit of the day off Nashville starter Amaury Rivas. A walk issued to Moustakas followed by a Clint Robinson groundout put runners on second and third with one gone. Johnny Giavotella hit a ball to Green at the hot corner, which was mishandled to allow both runners to score in unearned fashion to put the home team on top.
The Storm Chasers tacked on a pair of insurance runs against Rivas in the sixth to extend the advantage to 4-1. David Lough led off with a triple and scored two batters later on a Moustakas RBI single. Robinson followed with a run-scoring double to center that chased Rivas from the contest.
Milwaukee Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins made his second rehab appearance for the Sounds in relief of Rivas. The right-hander was greeted by a Giavotella single to left, but Brandon Boggs came up firing and threw out Robinson at the plate as he attempted to score on the play. It marked Nashville’s eighth outfield assist in the season’s first 10 games, including five runners thrown out at the plate.
Hawkins then struck out Lance Zawadzki swinging to finish with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning of work. He threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes.
Storm Chasers reliever Greg Holland worked a scoreless top of the seventh to secure the win and notch his first save of the year.
Montgomery (1-1) earned his first victory of the season with a quality start for Omaha. The southpaw allowed just one unearned run on two hits over six innings of work, walking five batters and striking out six.
Rivas (2-1) suffered his first career Triple-A loss after giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits over 5 1/3 frames during his 89-pitch effort. The right-hander walked two batters and fanned three.
The teams wrap up the four-game series with an 11:05a.m. finale on Monday morning. Right-hander Mark Rogers (0-0, 0.90), the Milwaukee Brewers’ top prospect, will toe the rubber for the Sounds in search of his first career Triple-A win. Omaha will counter with former Sound Jeff Suppan (0-2, 7.71).
Omaha Storm Chasers (4-6) 4, Nashville Sounds (5-5) 1
April 17th, 2011
|Green, T, 3B||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||.211|
|Carroll, B, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.273|
|Rivera, Mi, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.364|
|Boggs, B, LF||2||0||0||0||1||2||2||.276|
|Machado, An, SS||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.179|
|Rivas, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
TB: Farris; Rivera, Mi.
RBI: Green, T (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Carroll, B; Machado, An.
SAC: Green, T; Farris.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (2, 3rd base off Montgomery/May).
CS: Reed (1, 2nd base by Montgomery/May), Farris (1, 3rd base by Montgomery/May).
E: Green, T (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Boggs, B (Robinson, C at home).
|Robinson, C, DH||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.333|
2B: Robinson, C (4, Rivas, A).
3B: Lough (1, Rivas, A).
TB: Lough 3; Hosmer; Moustakas; Robinson, C 2; Giavotella.
RBI: Moustakas (5), Robinson, C (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zawadzki.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
E: Moustakas 2 (5, fielding, throw).
|Rivas, A (L, 2-1)||5.1||4||4||2||2||3||0||2.08|
|Montgomery (W, 1-1)||6.0||2||1||0||5||6||0||3.00|
|Holland (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.00|
Pitches-strikes: Rivas, A 89-55, Hawkins 11-7, Montgomery 91-50, Holland 22-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rivas, A 2-5, Hawkins 0-0, Montgomery 7-4, Holland 1-0.
Batters faced: Rivas, A 23, Hawkins 2, Montgomery 25, Holland 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Hawkins 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tripp Gibson. 1B: Tyler Funneman. 2B: . 3B: Mike Jarboe.
Weather: 49 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 20 mph, R to L.
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Nashville Sounds (6-5) 5, Omaha Storm Chasers (4-7) 3
April 17th, 2011
|Boggs, B, LF||3||1||2||2||1||0||3||.313|
|Carroll, B, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.243|
|Green, T, 3B||3||2||2||2||1||0||2||.273|
|Maldonado, M, C||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.321|
|Machado, An, SS||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.167|
2B: Boggs, B (2, Mazzaro), Gamel (5, Mazzaro).
HR: Green, T 2 (3, 2nd inning off Mazzaro, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Shell, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Farris 2; Boggs, B 3; Gamel 4; Nowak; Green, T 8; Maldonado, M 2.
RBI: Green, T 2 (4), Boggs, B 2 (9), Gamel (4).
2-out RBI: Green, T.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Carroll, B; Reed 3; Boggs, B 2; Green, T.
SAC: Farris; Machado, An.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 10.
|Robinson, C, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.351|
|Blanco, G, LF||2||2||2||0||1||0||0||.185|
2B: Blanco, G 2 (3, Narron, Narron).
TB: Cain; Hosmer 3; Moustakas; Robinson, C 2; Blanco, G 4.
RBI: Hosmer 2 (6), Lough (3).
2-out RBI: Hosmer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Moustakas; Giavotella 2; Cain.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Cain (1, 2nd base off Narron/Maldonado, M), Blanco, G 2 (3, 2nd base off McClendon/Maldonado, M, 3rd base off Narron/Maldonado, M).
Outfield assists: Lough (Maldonado, M at 2nd base).
|McClendon (W, 1-0)||2.1||2||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|Shell (L, 1-2)||2.0||4||2||2||1||2||1||10.80|
Pitches-strikes: Narron 75-47, McClendon 41-26, Mazzaro 93-55, Shell 40-27.
Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 4-4, McClendon 1-3, Mazzaro 5-4, Shell 1-2.
Batters faced: Narron 23, McClendon 10, Mazzaro 25, Shell 11.
Inherited runners-scored: McClendon 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tyler Funneman. 1B: Mike Jarboe. 2B: . 3B: Tripp Gibson.
Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, R to L.
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