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Nashville Finishes 0-8 On Road Trip, Returns To Greer Tomorrow Night
Round Rock, TX – The Round Rock Express completed a four-game sweep of the Nashville Sounds with a 10-2 victory on Monday afternoon at The Dell Diamond.
The loss was the eighth in a row for the Sounds (9-21), who went winless on their road trip. It marked the first time since Nashville joined the Pacific Coast League in 1998 that the Sounds have been swept in consecutive series.
The Express outscored the Sounds, 45-26, in the four-game sweep. Nashville left runners on base in seven of its innings, finishing 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position in the contest.Nashville jumped out to a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the top of the first inning against rehabbing Texas Rangers hurler Tommy Hunter. Caleb Gindl opened the contest with a single and later scored on Mat Gamel’s two-out RBI single. The run was unearned following a throwing error by second baseman Matt Kata earlier in the frame.
Round Rock responded immediately, taking a 3-1 lead against Amaury Rivas in the bottom of the first. Endy Chavez and Omar Quintanilla opened the frame with consecutive doubles off the right-hander to tie the game before former Sound Brad Nelson blasted a two-run homer to right to put the Express in front. It was his fifth roundtripper of the season.
The Express blew the game wide open in the fourth, sending 12 batters to the plate and netting seven more runs against a pair of Sounds hurlers to make it a 10-1 contest.
Quintanilla (3-for-5) opened the Round Rock fourth with a solo homer to right-center off Rivas, his first big fly of the year. Then, after Rivas walked each of the next three batters on 13 total pitches to load the bases, Doug Deeds belted a grand slam to right on the first pitch he saw from the right-hander, upping the lead to 8-1. The slam was Deeds’ fifth homer of the year.
Donovan Hand took over on the hill for Nashville and was greeted by three consecutive Round Rock singles, the third of which, by Quintanilla, drove in Kata with sixth run of the inning. Chad Tracy concluded the scoring outburst by plating Kevin Cash with a groundout.
Nashville wrapped up the day’s scoring in the ninth against Round Rock reliever Michael Kirkman. With the bases loaded and one out, Eric Farris ripped an RBI single to left to bring home George Kottaras to make it a 10-2 game. With the sacks still full, Kirkman induced a game-ending double play grounder from Jordan Brown, who went 0-for-5 to snap his 13-game hitting streak.
Hunter (1-0) held the Sounds to one unearned run on six hits over six innings of work in his first rehab start for Round Rock, striking out a pair of batters along the way.
Rivas (3-3) took the loss after giving up a Nashville season-high nine runs on nine hits while walking seven batters and striking out only two in his 3 1/3 innings of work.
The Sounds begin an eight-game homestand on Tuesday evening with the 7:05pm opener of a four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA-Giants). Left-hander Sam Narron (0-0, 3.80) will man the bump for Nashville in the series opener to face Fresno southpaw Matt Yourkin (2-2, 5.40).
Nashville Sounds (9-21) 2, Round Rock Express (21-10) 10
May 9th, 2011
HBP: Carroll, B (by Hunter, T).
Pitches-strikes: Rivas, A 96-51, Hand 38-22, Segovia 41-23, Hunter, T 79-52, Kirkman 53-36.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rivas, A 5-2, Hand 2-4, Segovia 4-0, Hunter, T 10-5, Kirkman 3-4.
Batters faced: Rivas, A 26, Hand 11, Segovia 8, Hunter, T 25, Kirkman 14.
Inherited runners-scored: Hand 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Darren Budahn. 1B: Mark Buchanan. 2B: . 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 85 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 14 mph, Out to LF.
TopicsAmaury Rivas, Brad Nelson, Caleb Gindl, Chad Tracy, Dell Diamond, Donovan Hand, Doug Deeds, Eric Farris, Fresno Grizzlies, George Kottaras, Jordan Brown, Kevin Cash, Mat Gamel, Matt Kata, Michael Kirkman, Nashville Sounds, Omar Quintanilla, Pacific Coast League, Round Rock Express, Round Rock TX, Sam Narron, Texas Rangers, Tommy Hunter
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