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Sounds Suffer Devastating Last At-Bat Loss In Round Rock, 8-7

Nashville Blows Two-Run Ninth Inning Lead, Drops 5th Straight Game

 Nashville SoundsRound Rock, TX – The Round Rock Express erased a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning to hang a devastating 8-7 loss on the Nashville Sounds on Friday evening at The Dell Diamond in the opener of a four-game series.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the Sounds (9-18), who suffered their PCL-leading 11th one-run defeat of the year.

Nashville Sounds
Nashville Sounds

In the top of ninth, the Sounds took advantage of ineffective Express reliever Pedro Strop to break a tie and take a 7-5 lead. Brendan Katin led off with an opposite-field double to right then scored when Mat Gamel followed with a first-pitch single back up the middle and center fielder Endy Chavez overran the ball. Two batters later, Jeremy Reed drove in an insurance run with a single to left that gave Nashville a two-run cushion.

Round Rock stormed right back in the bottom of the frame against Sounds reliever Zack Segovia. Andy Tracy got extended life after a questionable non-called third strike by the home plate umpire and took advantage by leading off with a double to left to get things started. After Brad Nelson lined out, former Sound Luis Cruz stepped in and mashed the first pitch he saw from Segovia over the left field wall for a game-tying two-run homer, the infielder’s fifth roundtripper of the year.

After Sounds catcher Mike Rivera was ejected following the homer as he argued the missed strike call with the home plate umpire, the Express continued their rally. Doug Deeds flew out to the wall for the second out, then Craig Gentry and Kevin Cash singled off Segovia to put a pair of runners on base for PCL mainstay Esteban German, who blooped a game-winning single to shallow center which dropped just in front of a charging Brett Caroll to allow Gentry to race home with the winning run.

Strop (1-0) backed into a win by being bailed out by the Round Rock rally. The right-hander allowed two runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work. Segovia (1-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 frames.

Six different Nashville hitters recorded multiple-hit efforts on the evening, led by three-hit games from Carroll and Caleb Gindl, as the Sounds etched a season-best 15 knocks in the losing effort.

Round Rock jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Sounds starter Frankie De La Cruz in the bottom of the first inning. German led off with a triple to center and scored the night’s first run on Chavez’s ensuing groundout.

The Express stretched their lead to 3-0 in the second against De La Cruz. Doug Deeds led off the frame with his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right. Round Rock later loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a Brian Barden single sprinkled among a pair of outs before Tracy drew a walk to force home Cash with the inning’s second run. De La Cruz then struck out former Sound Brad Nelson to leave the bases full and escape further damage.

Round Rock added another run in the fourth when Barden tripled with one out and came plateward one batter later on Tracy’s RBI single.

After leaving runners on base in each of the first four innings (twice in scoring position), the Sounds finally broke through in the fifth inning against former Nashville hurler Zach Jackson.

The first two batters of the frame were retired by the left-hander before Gindl doubled to right and scored the first Sounds run when Eric Farris followed with a single to center. Carroll (3-for-5) then hammered his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-center, which drew the visitors within a single score at 4-3.

Gindl (3-for-5) tied the contest at 4-4 in the seventh when he greeted new Express reliever Yhency Brazoban with a solo homer to right-center, his second big fly of the season.

Round Rock took advantage of a Farris fielding error and some crafty baserunning to reclaim a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Nelson doubled and moved to third when Cruz, the 2010 Sounds MVP, reached as Farris booted his groundball. As Doug Deeds struck out, the two former Nashville standouts executed a double steal, with Nelson reaching home to give the home team a one-run advantage.

Nashville again evened the contest at 5-5 in the following half-inning as Rivera ripped his second double of the night and later scored on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Anderson Machado. The Sounds missed an opportunity to do further damage, however, leaving the sacks full in the frame as Strop entered the contest and retired Carroll on a first-pitch fly to shallow right to escape the jam.

The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm meeting on Saturday. Right-hander Josh Butler (1-2, 4.76) will toe the rubber for the Sounds to face Round Rock right-hander Derek Hankins (4-1, 4.94).

Box Score

Round Rock Express (18-10) 8, Nashville Sounds (9-18) 7

May 6th, 2011

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville       0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 2 7 15 2
Round Rock       1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 8 13 2
 

Two out when winning run scored.

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gindl, RF 5 2 3 1 0 1 0 .326
Farris, 2B 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 .230
Carroll, B, CF 5 1 3 2 0 0 4 .247
Katin, DH 4 1 2 0 1 1 2 .250
Gamel, 1B 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 .286
Rivera, Mi, C 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .313
  Kottaras, G, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .063
Reed, LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .255
Green, T, 3B 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 .188
Machado, An, SS 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .119
  De La Cruz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Segovia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 7 15 6 3 3 12 .239
 
 
 
BATTING2B: Rivera, Mi 2 (3, Jackson, Z, Brazoban), Gindl (3, Jackson, Z), Katin (6, Strop).

3B: Reed (2, Jackson, Z).

HR: Carroll, B (1, 5th inning off Jackson, Z, 1 on, 2 out), Gindl (2, 7th inning off Brazoban, 0 on, 0 out).

TB: Gindl 7; Farris; Carroll, B 6; Katin 3; Gamel 2; Rivera, Mi 4; Reed 4.

RBI: Farris (7), Carroll, B 2 (10), Gindl (3), Machado, An (3), Reed (3).

2-out RBI: Farris; Carroll, B 2.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green, T; Reed; Rivera, Mi; Carroll, B 2.

SAC: Reed; Rivera, Mi.

SF: Machado, An.

Team RISP: 3-for-7.

Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING

PO: Katin (3rd base by Cash).

FIELDING

E: Reed (1, fielding), Farris (5, fielding).

Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
German, 2B 6 1 2 1 0 0 4 .308
Chavez, En, CF 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 .327
Barden, 3B 5 1 3 0 0 1 1 .356
Tracy, DH 3 1 2 2 2 0 0 .262
Nelson, 1B 5 1 1 0 0 2 7 .275
Cruz, L, SS 5 1 1 2 0 0 4 .234
Deeds, D, RF 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 .282
Gentry, LF 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .239
Cash, C 2 1 1 0 3 0 0 .180
  Jackson, Z, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Brazoban, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Jones, B, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Strop, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 40 8 13 7 6 4 20 .282
 
 
 
BATTING2B: Deeds, D (5, De La Cruz), Nelson (5, Hand), Tracy (5, Segovia).

3B: German (1, De La Cruz), Barden (1, De La Cruz).

HR: Deeds, D (4, 2nd inning off De La Cruz, 0 on, 0 out), Cruz, L (5, 9th inning off Segovia, 1 on, 1 out).

TB: German 4; Barden 5; Tracy 3; Nelson 2; Cruz, L 4; Deeds, D 6; Gentry; Cash.

RBI: Chavez, En (10), Deeds, D (10), Tracy 2 (23), Cruz, L 2 (13), German (15).

2-out RBI: Tracy; German.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, L; Nelson 2; German; Gentry; Barden.

Team RISP: 4-for-15.

Team LOB: 12.BASERUNNING

SB: Cruz, L (2, 2nd base off Hand/Rivera, Mi), Nelson (1, home off Hand/Rivera, Mi).

FIELDING

E: German (3, throw), Chavez, En (1, fielding).

Outfield assists: Gentry (Reed at 2nd base).

Pickoffs: Cash (Katin at 3rd base).

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
De La Cruz  5.0 7 4 4 5 2 1 3.19
Hand  2.0 1 1 0 0 2 0 3.38
Segovia (L, 1-2) 1.2 5 3 3 1 0 1 5.65
Totals 8.2 13 8 7 6 4 2 4.08
 
Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, Z  6.0 8 3 3 1 2 1 4.93
Brazoban (BS, 1) 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 1 5.06
Jones, B (BS, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1.17
Strop (W, 1-0) 1.1 3 2 2 0 0 0 13.50
Totals 9.0 15 7 7 3 3 2 4.08
                 

Brazoban pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

WP: De La Cruz.

Pitches-strikes: De La Cruz 101-54, Hand 34-19, Segovia 30-17, Jackson, Z 77-53, Brazoban 19-14, Jones, B 24-14, Strop 12-8.

Groundouts-flyouts: De La Cruz 6-4, Hand 3-2, Segovia 2-2, Jackson, Z 8-7, Brazoban 2-0, Jones, B 1-1, Strop 1-2.

Batters faced: De La Cruz 27, Hand 8, Segovia 11, Jackson, Z 27, Brazoban 6, Jones, B 5, Strop 6.

Inherited runners-scored: Jones, B 1-1, Strop 3-0.

Ejections: Nashville Sounds catcher Mike Rivera ejected by HP umpire Darren Budahn (9th).

Umpires: HP: Darren Budahn. 1B: Mark Buchanan. 2B: . 3B: Chris Segal.

Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.

Wind: 12 mph, R to L.

T: 3:08.

Att: 9,813.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

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