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Nashville, TN – Outfielder Jeremy Reed hit a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to power the Nashville Sounds to a 9-8 victory over the Sacramento River Cats on Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium.
Nashville (13-23) homered a season-high four times on the afternoon, highlighted by two long balls from outfielder Brett Carroll. Marking the third time this season that a Sounds player has gone yard twice in game, Carroll also became the first Sound to hit two homers off the guitar-shaped scoreboard in a game since 2000.
Sam Narron (1-1) earned the win while providing a quality relief outing from the bullpen. The tall left-hander tossed 7 1/3 innings of scoreless ball while scattering eight hits with six strikeouts.Vinnie Chulk (2-2) came away with the loss after serving up the homer to Reed in the ninth.
The Sounds quickly took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After base hits from Caleb Gindl and Eric Farris, Carroll tattooed a three run home run off his own name on the guitar-shaped scoreboard in left field.
After cruising through the first inning, the Sounds allowed all eight of Sacramento’s runs in the second frame as the River Cats sent 13 batters to the dish to remove Mark Rogers from the game. Rogers retired the first hitter, then allowed the next two batters to reach before Shane Petersen homered down the right field line.
Sacramento quickly loaded the bases after the long ball, as Rogers gave up a single and walked two batters. Narron then came into the contest to get Nashville out of the jam , but walked Jai Miller on four pitches to give Sacramento the lead. The River Cats’ final two runs came from Josh Donaldson a two-run single for an 8-3 advantage.
The Sounds trimmed the River Cats’ lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the third. With two outs in the inning, Sacramento starter Yadel Marti allowed three consecutive singles, highlighted by George Kottaras’ two-run base hit.
After Eric Farris worked a one-out walk in the bottom of the fourth, Carroll’s second homer of the game, again off the guitar-shaped scoreboard, brought the Sounds within a run at 8-7.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jordan Brown knotted the contest at 8-8 after going yard off of Sounds groundskeeper Thomas Trotter’s irrigation box over the wall in right-center. The solo shot was Brown’s first as a Sound in his 11th game since being traded from Triple-A Columbus.
Edwin Maysonet extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games while Gindl extended his on-base streak to 19 straight contests.
In his first start since returning off the disabled list, Rogers took a no-decision after giving up eight runs on four hits with five walks in 1 2/3 innings. Marti allowed seven runs on 10 hits in innings for Sacramento.
The Sounds and River Cats continue their series with tomorrow’s 7:05pm CT contest at Greer Stadium. Right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (0-1, 3.25) makes the start for the Sounds against River Cats southpaw Josh Outman (3-1, 5.28).
Nashville Sounds (13-23) 9, Sacramento River Cats (25-13) 8
May 15th, 2011
WP: Marti, Blevins.
Pitches-strikes: Marti 82-45, Bateman, J 28-20, Blevins 31-23, Chulk 10-6, Rogers, M 59-26, Narron 109-73.
Groundouts-flyouts: Marti 4-2, Bateman, J 4-0, Blevins 2-0, Chulk 0-1, Rogers, M 1-3, Narron 4-5.
Batters faced: Marti 24, Bateman, J 7, Blevins 8, Chulk 3, Rogers, M 14, Narron 28.
Inherited runners-scored: Blevins 1-0, Chulk 1-0, Narron 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Stephen Barga. 1B: Clint Fagan. 2B: . 3B: Dixon Stureman.
Weather: 56 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.
TopicsBrett Carroll, Caleb Gindl, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Frankie De La Cruz, George Kottaras, Greer Stadium, Jai miller, Jeremy Reed, Jordan Brown, Josh Donaldson, Josh Outman, Mark Rogers, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Sacramento River Cats, Sam Narron, Shane Petersen, Thomas Trotter, Vinnie Chulk, Yadel Marti
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