Teagarden Belts Three Homers, Drives In Seven To Lead Round Rock
Round Rock, TX – Catcher Taylor Teagarden belted three home runs and drove in seven RBIs to power the Round Rock Express to an 18-9 romp over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday afternoon at The Dell Diamond.
The loss was the seventh in a row for the Sounds (9-20), who fell to 3-12 in road contests this season.
Teagarden – who became the first opposing player to hit three home runs against Sounds pitching in a single game since Nashville joined the Pacific Coast League in 1998 – did all of his damage in the early part of the contest, swatting a home run in three consecutive innings from the second through the fourth. He belted a solo shot in the second before delivering three-run blasts in the third and fourth. The backstop now has five home runs and 11 RBIs on the year.
Dating back to the final two innings of Saturday night’s game, the Express offense scored in nine consecutive frames against Sounds pitching before being blanked in their final inning at the plate today.
The 18 Express runs marked a franchise record-high for Round Rock and were the most allowed by Nashville pitchers in 2011, one short of the club record of 19 runs permitted on three occasions (most recently last summer). The nine-run margin of defeat equaled the largest suffered by the Sounds this season.
Mat Gamel, Brendan Katin, and Mike Rivera all homered for Nashville in the losing effort. The three longballs matched the most by Sounds batters in a single game this season (also on April 12th).
Round Rock opened the game by taking a first-inning lead against the Sounds for the third straight time in the series.
The Express jumped out to the early lead against Nashville starter Chase Wright, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ex-Sound Brad Nelson drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk from Wright to force home Omar Quintanilla with the game’s first run. Another former Sound, 2010 team MVP Luis Cruz, followed with an RBI single to center that made it a 2-0 contest.
Third baseman Taylor Green halved the Sounds’ deficit to 2-1 when he rattled a two-out double around the right field corner to plate Gamel, who had opened the frame by drawing a four-pitch walk from Round Rock starter (and former Sound) Seth McClung.
Round Rock responded immediately, tacking on two more runs against Wright in the home half of the frame to increase its advantage to 4-1. Teagarden, in his first at-bat back with the club after being sent down by Texas, mashed a one-out solo homer to right-center off Wright. The blast was the backstop’s third longball of the season. Later in the inning, Quintanilla singled to left, advanced to second on a Wright wild pitch, and came around to score on Brian Barden’s two-out RBI single to left.
Teagarden (3-for-4) struck again in the third, crushing a 3-0 Wright fastball over the wall in deep center for his second home run of the afternoon. The blast increased the Round Rock to lead to 7-1. After Wright retired the first two batters of the inning, he hit Doug Deeds with a pitch then allowed a Matt Kata single before falling behind Teagarden and ultimately surrendering the homer.
Wright (0-3) dropped his second start of the year for the Sounds after surrendering seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over just three innings of work.
Gamel continued his recent hot hitting in the fourth when he belted a one-our solo homer to right off McClung, his fourth big fly of the year and third in the past two games. Nashville tacked on another run later in the inning when Anderson Machado’s two-out single to right plated Brett Carroll to make it a 7-3 contest.
Again, Round Rock had an immediate answer and then some for the Sounds’ rally, batting around in the bottom of the fourth to plate six runs off Sounds reliever Jim Henderson to stretch the Express lead to 13-3. Teagarden delivered the big blow in the frame, walloping a massive three-run homer to left-center with two outs in the inning.
The high-scoring affair continued in the fifth when Katin hit the longest home run of the day by any player, launching a hanging McClung slider well past the wall in left-center for his team-leading eighth home run of the season. The two-run shot, which drew the Sounds within 13-5, also scored Eric Farris, who opened the inning with a single.
For the third time on the day in the bottom of the fifth, Round Rock answered a Nashville score in the top of an inning with a rally of their own in the home half. After the Express put runners on the corners with a walk and single to start the frame, Tracy lifted a sacrifice fly to center that chased Henderson and made it a 14-5 game. Henderson gave up seven runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work on the afternoon.
The Round Rock offense didn’t slow down, adding a run in the sixth when Endy Chavez blooped an RBI single to left off Justin James to bring home Deeds for a 15-5 advantage.
Sidearming right-hander Sean Green made his Sounds debut in the seventh and gave up singles to four of the first five batters he faced, resulting in three more runs that upped the Express lead to 18-5. Green worked the final two frames for Nashville, allowing three runs on four hits.
The Nashville offense didn’t surrender without a fight in the late innings as the visitors plated four runs over the final two frames.
Rivera (2-for-4) belted a three-run homer to left off Express reliever Chris Mobley in the top of the eighth inning, the Nashville backstop’s third roundtripper of the year.
In the ninth, Katin doubled off the top of the center field wall with two outs against Express reliever Yoshinori Tateyama then came around to score on a Gamel opposite-field RBI single to left to bring the score to its final 18-9 standing.
Jordan Brown went 1-for-5 for Nashville to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Sounds outfielder Caleb Gindl went 0-for-4 on the afternoon to snap his longest hit streak of the year at six games.
McClung (2-0) picked up the victory against his former team after allowing five runs on nine hits over six frames of action.
The Sounds will attempt to avoid their second consecutive series sweep when the clubs wrap up the series with a 12:05pm finale on Monday afternoon. Nashville right-hander Amaury Rivas (3-2, 2.83) will make the start and face rehabbing Round Rock right-hander Tommy Hunter, who will make his first Triple-A appearance of the year.
Nashville Sounds (9-20) 9, Round Rock Express (20-10) 18
May 8th, 2011
|Brown, J, DH||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.357|
|Carroll, B, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||3||.255|
|Rivera, Mi, C||5||1||2||3||0||0||3||.324|
|Green, T, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.221|
|Machado, An, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.127|
|Wright, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Green, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Green, T (5, McClung), Katin (7, Tateyama).
HR: Gamel (4, 4th inning off McClung, 0 on, 1 out), Katin (8, 5th inning off McClung, 1 on, 1 out), Rivera, Mi (3, 8th inning off Mobley, C, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Farris 2; Brown, J; Katin 6; Gamel 5; Carroll, B 2; Rivera, Mi 5; Green, T 3; Machado, An.
RBI: Green, T (11), Gamel 2 (17), Machado, An (4), Katin 2 (17), Rivera, Mi 3 (10).
2-out RBI: Green, T; Machado, An; Gamel.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Machado, An; Gindl; Rivera, Mi.
GIDP: Farris; Brown, J.
Team RISP: 5-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
E: Farris (6, throw).
Outfield assists: Carroll, B (Cruz, L at 2nd base).
DP: (Farris-Machado, An-Gamel).
|Chavez, En, CF||6||0||1||1||0||0||0||.304|
|Cruz, L, LF-3B||5||1||2||2||0||1||3||.241|
|Deeds, D, RF||4||3||2||2||0||1||4||.278|
|Mobley, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Barden in the 5th.|
HR: Teagarden 3 (5, 2nd inning off Wright, C, 0 on, 1 out; 3rd inning off Wright, C, 2 on, 2 out; 4th inning off Henderson, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Chavez, En; Quintanilla; Barden 3; Cash; Tracy 2; Cruz, L 2; Deeds, D 2; Kata 2; Teagarden 12.
RBI: Nelson 2 (12), Cruz, L 2 (15), Teagarden 7 (11), Barden (13), Deeds, D 2 (12), Kata 2 (11), Tracy (28), Chavez, En (12).
2-out RBI: Barden; Teagarden 6; Kata; Chavez, En.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Deeds, D 2; Quintanilla.
SF: Tracy; Kata.
Team RISP: 9-for-14.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Mobley, C (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Kata-Quintanilla-Nelson 2).
|Wright, C (L, 0-3)||3.0||7||7||6||1||2||2||7.50|
|McClung (W, 2-0)||6.0||9||5||5||2||1||2|
WP: Wright, C.
HBP: Tracy (by Wright, C), Deeds, D (by Wright, C).
Pitches-strikes: Wright, C 73-41, Henderson 52-30, James 19-12, Green, S 32-21, McClung 98-59, Mobley, C 39-24, Tateyama 24-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, C 6-1, Henderson 2-1, James 1-2, Green, S 4-2, McClung 7-7, Mobley, C 2-2, Tateyama 0-2.
Batters faced: Wright, C 19, Henderson 12, James 7, Green, S 10, McClung 27, Mobley, C 10, Tateyama 6.
Inherited runners-scored: James 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Chris Segal. 1B: Darren Budahn. 2B: . 3B: Mark Buchanan.
Weather: 85 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to LF.
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