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Sounds Lose Series Opener In Tacoma, 5-3

Nashville SoundsTacoma, WA – The Tacoma Rainiers belted three home runs en route to a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Monday evening at Cheney Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

The Sounds (17-26) jumped out to an early lead, plating a pair of unearned runs against Tacoma starter Fabio Castro in the top of the first inning following a fielding error by shortstop Sean Kazmar. Catcher George Kottaras continued his recent hot hitting by delivering a two-out, two-run single in the frame.

Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville Sounds Baseball

With the run-ahead knock, Kottaras extended his longest hitting streak of the year to six games and has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games at a .349 clip (15-for-43).

Tacoma halved the Nashville lead in the second. Luis Jimenez led off the inning by drawing a walk from Sounds starter Josh Butler and later scored on Matt Tuiasosopo’s two-out double to right.

The Rainiers knotted the score at 2-2 in the fourth when right fielder Johan Limonta belted a two-out solo homer to right-center off Butler, his second longball of the year.

Brendan Katin put the Sounds back in front, 3-2, in the sixth when he belted a mammoth leadoff homer over the left field foul pole. The blast, off Castro, was his team-leading 11th of the season.

Tacoma responded immediately, taking its first lead of the night in the bottom of the frame with a pair of solo homers off Butler. Mike Carp led off with a line-drive solo shot to right that barely cleared the 325-foot fence, the outfielder’s 11th roundtripper of the year. Two batters later, Rainiers third baseman Alex Liddi swatted a go-ahead blast to left, his ninth of the year, giving the home team a 4-3 lead.

The Rainiers extended their lead to 5-3 in the seventh when Ryan Langerhans laced a two-out RBI single to right off Sounds reliever Zack Segovia.

Tacoma reliever Scott Patterson (1-0) picked up his first win of the year with 1 1/3 hitless innings behind Castro.

Hard-throwing right-hander Dan Cortes closed out the contest with two scoreless frames, striking out five batters, to earn his first save of the year for the Rainiers.

Nashville threatened in the ninth, putting two runners into scoring position with two outs in the frame, before Cortes caught Caleb Gindl looking at a game-ending third strike to ice the victory.

Butler (2-3) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits over six innings. The right-hander, who had allowed only three home runs all season entering the contest, gave up three taters on the night.

Sounds shortstop Eric Farris went 2-for-4 on the night to extend his longest hit streak of the year to eight games.

The teams continue the series with a 1:35pm matinee on Tuesday afternoon. Left-hander Chase Wright (1-3, 3.12 will toe the rubber for the Sounds to face Tacoma southpaw Luke French (0-5, 5.98).

Box Score

Tacoma Rainiers (19-26) 5, Nashville Sounds (17-26) 3

May 23rd, 2011

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville       2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 0
Tacoma       0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 x 5 8 2
 
Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gindl, CF 5 0 0 0 0 4 2 .235
Farris, SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .271
Carroll, B, RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .266
Katin, DH 4 1 1 1 0 3 3 .255
Gamel, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .313
Kottaras, G, C 3 0 1 2 1 2 0 .271
Maysonet, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .279
Reed, LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .200
Nowak, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .184
  Butler, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
  Segovia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hinton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 3 7 3 3 11 14 .255
 
 
 
BATTING

HR: Katin (11, 6th inning off Castro, F, 0 on, 0 out).

TB: Farris 2; Carroll, B; Katin 4; Kottaras, G; Maysonet; Nowak.

RBI: Kottaras, G 2 (11), Katin (24).

2-out RBI: Kottaras, G 2.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maysonet 2; Nowak; Gamel; Gindl 2.

GIDP: Carroll, B.

Team RISP: 1-for-8.

Team LOB: 7.

Tacoma AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ackley, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .263
Langerhans, CF 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .308
Carp, LF 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 .306
Jimenez, L, DH 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .231
Liddi, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 .246
Limonta, RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .358
Tuiasosopo, M, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 .217
Bard, J, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .306
Kazmar, SS 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 .220
  Castro, F, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Patterson, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Cortes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 5 8 5 3 6 11 .268
 
 
 
BATTING

2B: Tuiasosopo, M (9, Butler).

HR: Limonta (2, 4th inning off Butler, 0 on, 2 out), Carp (11, 6th inning off Butler, 0 on, 0 out), Liddi (9, 6th inning off Butler, 0 on, 1 out).

TB: Ackley; Langerhans 2; Carp 4; Liddi 4; Limonta 4; Tuiasosopo, M 2; Kazmar.

RBI: Tuiasosopo, M (26), Limonta (20), Carp (32), Liddi (25), Langerhans (9).

2-out RBI: Tuiasosopo, M; Limonta; Langerhans.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bard, J; Langerhans; Jimenez, L.

Team RISP: 2-for-6.

Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING

SB: Jimenez, L (2, 2nd base off Butler/Kottaras, G).

FIELDING

E: Kazmar (13, fielding), Carp (4, throw).

DP: (Liddi-Ackley-Tuiasosopo, M).

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Butler (L, 2-3) 6.0 6 4 4 1 3 3 5.35
Segovia  1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 6.86
Hinton  1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6.00
Totals 8.0 8 5 5 3 6 3 4.77
                 
Tacoma IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Castro, F  5.2 5 3 1 2 5 1 4.14
Patterson, S (W, 1-0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Cortes (S, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 3.38
Totals 9.0 7 3 1 3 11 1 5.42
                 

WP: Segovia, Cortes 2.

Balk: Butler.

Pitches-strikes: Butler 77-47, Segovia 15-9, Hinton 13-8, Castro, F 106-70, Patterson, S 14-10, Cortes 39-29.

Groundouts-flyouts: Butler 5-5, Segovia 1-1, Hinton 1-0, Castro, F 4-6, Patterson, S 1-1, Cortes 0-1.

Batters faced: Butler 25, Segovia 6, Hinton 4, Castro, F 24, Patterson, S 4, Cortes 9.

Umpires: HP: Clint Fagan. 1B: Dixon Stureman. 2B: . 3B: Stephen Barga.

Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy.

Wind: 1 mph, In from LF.

T: 2:29.

Att: 2,938.

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

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