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Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds won their second straight game against Fresno on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium, posting a 5-2 victory.
Second baseman Eric Farris paced the Sounds’ offense with a 3-for-4 effort and two runs scored, finishing a home run shy of a cycle. Left fielder Jordan Brown drove in three runs on three sacrifice flies, which tied a Pacific Coast League single-game record.
With the win, Nashville (11-22) recorded consecutive victories for the first time since April 21st and 22nd at New Orleans.After the game was delayed an hour at the start due to rain, the Sounds grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Fresno starter Andrew Kown.
Caleb Gindl led off with a single, extending his on-base streak to a Nashville season-best 16 straight games, then moved to third on a Farris double. Brown plated the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly to center that brought home Gindl. Farris later scored the second run on a Mat Gamel groundout.
Brown added his second sacrifice fly of the evening in the third, driving in Gindl again to up the Nashville lead to 3-0.
Sounds starting pitcher Josh Butler helped his own cause in the fifth when he hit a two-out, seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield that drove home Gamel, who had opened the frame with a single of his own to extend Nashville’s longest hit streak of the year to seven games.
Fresno got on the board in the fifth with an unearned run against Butler. Travis Ishikawa drew a walk to open the frame then would have been doubled off first following Ryan Rohlinger’s sharp liner back to Butler, but the Sounds hurler threw wide of first on the play, allowing Ishikawa to advance to second. The Grizzlies outfielder later scored the visitors’ first run on pinch-hitter Tyler LaTorre’s two-out single to left.
Brown tied a Pacific Coast League record in the home half of the fifth, when he lifted his third sacrifice fly of the evening to center to bring home Farris after the Sounds’ second baseman tripled to open the inning. Brown matched the mark established by Tucson’s Andujar Cedeno on April 25th, 1991 against Las Vegas.
Fresno closed out the evening’s scoring in the ninth against Zack Segovia. After loading the bases with none out on a double, single, and hit batter, the Nashville right-hander induced back-to-back flyouts, the first of which by Conor Gillaspie plated Terry Evans, before allowing an infield single to Brandon Belt to re-load the bags.
Mark DiFelice was summoned from the Sounds’ bullpen and threw one pitch to earn his third save of the year and second in two days. He induced a game-ending flyout to center from Edgar Gonzalez.
Butler (2-2) earned his first win in his last five starts for Nashville, holding the Grizzlies to one unearned run on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two batters and struck out a pair during his 98-pitch outing.
Kown (4-3) drew the loss for Fresno after giving up four runs on six hits in his four frames.
The teams wrap up the series with a 7:05pm finale on Friday evening. Left-hander Chase Wright (0-3, 7.50) will make the start for the Sounds in search of his first victory of 2011. Fresno will counter with right-hander Josh Banks (2-2, 7.39).
Nashville Sounds 5, Fresno Grizzlies 2
May 12th, 2011
HBP: Graham, T (by Segovia).
Pitches-strikes: Kown 74-41, Romero, F 26-18, Sosa 19-13, Daigle 16-11, Butler 98-61, Hand 9-7, Segovia 31-21, DiFelice 1-1.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kown 2-4, Romero, F 2-2, Sosa 1-1, Daigle 1-1, Butler 11-0, Hand 1-2, Segovia 0-4, DiFelice 0-1.
Batters faced: Kown 19, Romero, F 6, Sosa 5, Daigle 4, Butler 25, Hand 5, Segovia 10, DiFelice 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Hand 2-0, DiFelice 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Jason Millsap. 1B: Shaun Francis. 2B: . 3B: Brett Robson.
Weather: 68 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 1 mph, L to R.
T: 2:44 (:55 delay).
TopicsCaleb Gindl, Edgar Gonzalez, Eric Farris, Fresno Grizzlies, Jordan Brown, Josh Butler, Mark DiFelice, Mat Gamel, Nashville Sounds, Pacific Coast League, Terry Evans, Travis Ishikawa, Zack Segovia
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