Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds lost 7-2 to the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Tuesday night at Greer Stadium in the series opener of a four-game set.
With the loss, Nashville moves to 21-30 and is only 1-7 in the PCL American Northern Division this season.
Sounds catcher George Kottaras went 0-for-1 with three walks to snap a season-best nine-game hitting streak. Jeremy Reed went 2-for-4 with a walk.Iowa plated their first run in the top of the first inning as Marquez Smith smoked a two-out double to right field. Amaury Rivas recorded the next seven straight outs until Bryan LeHair singled in the top of the fourth inning. Iowa went up 2-0 later in the inning as Augie Ojeda and Matt Camp each singled with two outs.
Two innings later in the seventh, the Cubs plated four more runs to go up 6-0. The first three batters reached base with the first run coming on a sacrifice fly from Chris Robinson. Casey Coleman doubled in the next run and removed Rivas from the contest. Bobby Scales followed with his team-leading 17th double, a two-run two-bagger off the top of the centerfield wall.
In his first Triple-A start after being optioned by Chicago, Iowa starter Casey Coleman allowed one hit through the first five innings, before getting into trouble in the sixth. Eric Farris earned a nine-pitch walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored easily on Mat Gamel’s team-leading 15th double. Edwin Maysonet singled home Gamel for the other run to make it 6-2.
Iowa scored an unearned run on Zack Segovia in the top of the seventh frame. With runners on first and third and one out, Camp hammered a line drive to Maysonet at shortstop, who misplayed the ball and allowed the run from the third to score.
Coleman (1-0) allowed two runs on three hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings. He also went 2-for-3 with one RBI and runs scored from the dish.
Rivas (3-5) gave up six runs while scattering nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. After beginning the season 3-1, the right-hander is now winless in his last seven decisions. Rivas waked in both of his plate appearances.
Segovia gave up one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings in relief. Donovan Hand got out of a based load jam and followed with a scoreless frame.
In his fourth overall rehab appearance and second with the Sounds, left-hander Zach Braddock walked three batters in 2/3 of an inning. The left-hander got Scales to fly out on the first pitch, and then walked three of the next four batters to load the bases before reaching his 20-pitch count (six for strikes).
The Sounds and Cubs will play at 7:05pm CT on Thursday at Greer Stadium in the second game of a four-game series. Nashville right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (0-3, 4.14) looks for his first win against Iowa righty Jay Jackson (1-4, 7.56).
Iowa Cubs (24-28) 7, Nashville Sounds (21-30) 2
May 31st, 2011
|Perez, F, RF||6||0||1||0||0||1||6||.200|
|Smith, M, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.268|
|Wright, T, LF||5||3||1||0||0||1||5||.286|
|Robinson, Ch, C||4||0||0||1||0||0||4||.269|
|Coleman, C, P||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.667|
|Moore, S, 3B||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.279|
|a-Walked for Diamond in the 8th.|
2B: LaHair (16, Rivas), Coleman, C (1, Rivas), Scales (17, Segovia).
TB: Perez, F; Scales 2; LaHair 3; Wright, T; Ojeda 2; Camp 2; Coleman, C 3.
RBI: LaHair (38), Camp (15), Robinson, Ch (11), Coleman, C (1), Scales 2 (22).
2-out RBI: LaHair; Camp; Scales 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wright, T; Robinson, Ch; LaHair; Smith, M; Perez, F 2; Camp 2.
SF: Robinson, Ch.
GIDP: Smith, M.
Team RISP: 5-for-17.
Team LOB: 12.BASERUNNING
SB: Wright, T (1, 2nd base off Rivas/Kottaras), Perez, F (10, 2nd base off Rivas/Kottaras).
E: Camp (6, throw).
|Brown, J, LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.246|
|Green, T, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.250|
|a-Flied out for Segovia in the 7th. b-Struck out for Hand in the 9th.|
2B: Gamel (15, Coleman, C).
3B: Farris (2, Diamond).
TB: Gindl; Farris 3; Reed 2; Gamel 2; Maysonet.
RBI: Gamel (32), Maysonet (7).
2-out RBI: Gamel; Maysonet.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green, T; Brown, J 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 11.FIELDING
E: Maysonet (6, fielding).
DP: (Green, T-Gamel).
|Coleman, C (W, 1-0)||5.2||3||2||2||5||6||0||3.18|
|Diamond (H, 1)||1.1||1||0||0||1||2||0||8.78|
|Rivas (L, 3-5)||5.1||9||6||6||3||0||0||4.65|
Pitches-strikes: Coleman, C 101-60, Diamond 27-18, Gaub 15-8, Carrillo 18-14, Rivas 86-49, Segovia 31-18, Braddock 20-6, Hand 16-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Coleman, C 8-1, Diamond 1-1, Gaub 1-0, Carrillo 0-0, Rivas 7-3, Segovia 2-1, Braddock 0-1, Hand 4-0.
Batters faced: Coleman, C 25, Diamond 6, Gaub 4, Carrillo 5, Rivas 27, Segovia 10, Braddock 5, Hand 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Diamond 2-0, Segovia 2-2, Hand 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Sinclair. 1B: Quinn Wolcott. 2B: . 3B: John Tumpane.
Weather: 92 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, Out to CF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media