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Nashville Posts Season Highs In Hits & Runs In Snapping Three-Game Skid
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds rallied from an early six-run deficit to post a 15-11 victory in a slugfest with the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium.
The 15-run outburst was the highest this season for the Sounds (22-31), who snapped a three-game losing streak with the come-from-behind victory.
Nashville pounded out a season-high 22 hits on the night, a PCL-era record for the club at Greer Stadium and two shy of the overall team hits record of 24 (accomplished twice during the 2000 season).Every starting Sounds position player recorded a multiple-hit effort. Brett Carroll led the way with season-best 4-for-5 evening. Nashville went 9-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
Iowa jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Sounds starter Josh Butler in the top of the second inning. Cubs catcher Welington Castillo led off the frame with his fourth home run of the year, a solo shot to left-center. A pair of one-out walks came back to haunt Butler later in the inning when Fernando Perez plated Augie Ojeda and Matt Camp with a two-out double down the right field line.
Nashville responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the second to pull back within a run at 3-2. Carroll led off with a single against Cubs starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx, moved to second when Mat Gamel drew a walk, and scored on George Kottaras’ RBI single to right. Gamel crossed home later in the frame following a Taylor Green sacrifice fly.
Kottaras continued his red-hot hitting with a 2-for-5 night. The Nashville catcher has hit safely in 14 of his last 17 contests at a .373 clip (22-for-59).
The I-Cubs stretched their lead to 8-2 with a five-spot against Butler in the third. Four of the five runs in the inning were unearned following a two-out fielding error by Sounds shortstop Edwin Maysonet.
Butler took a no-decision for the Sounds after giving up a season-high eight runs (four earned) on nine hits over his four innings of work. He walked four batters in the contest, throwing only 48 of his 95 pitches for strikes on the evening.
The Sounds got four runs back in the bottom of the fourth against Bibens-Dirkx, drawing back within two at 8-6. Kottaras led off with a ground-rule double to right and came around to score when Caleb Gindl (3-for-4) stroked a triple to right-center, his first three-bagger of the year. Green then drove in Gindl with a groundout, making it an 8-4 contest.
The fourth-inning rally continued as Nashville turned three consecutive two-out hits into two more runs. Eric Farris (3-for-5) tripled into the right field corner, Jordan Brown roped an RBI double down the line, and Maysonet blooped a run-scoring single into shallow right but was thrown out at second to end the frame.
Once again, Iowa had an immediate answer to a Sounds’ rally as Scales drilled a two-out, two-run homer to right off Nashville reliever Robert Hinton in the fifth, his fourth roundtripper of the year.
Scales enjoyed a solid 2-for-4, four-RBI night in front of a large contingent of family, who traveled from his hometown of Alpharetta, GA for the game.
The Sounds rallied for five runs off Iowa reliever Marco Carrillo in the bottom of the fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate to take their first lead of the night at 11-10.
Gamel got things started with a massive two-run homer to right-center, his ninth longball of the year and fourth in his last seven games. Farris plated Gindl with a sacrifice fly later in the inning to pull the Sounds within one at 10-9, then Ojeda, the Cubs’ shortstop, booted a routine, two-out grounder off the bat of Brown to allow Green to race home with the tying run. Maysonet then put Nashville in front with his second bloop run-scoring single to right.
Nashville continued to pour it on in the sixth, scoring three two-out runs off Carrillo to push the lead to 14-10. With runners on first and second, Sounds pitcher Donovan Hand helped his own cause with a RBI single. Carrillo then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Kottaras to score from third for the second run of the frame. After Farris singled, Brown followed by greeting new Iowa reliever Jeff Stevens with an RBI single to center.
Carroll increased the Sounds’ lead to 15-10 when he led off the Nashville seventh with his sixth home run of the year, a line drive shot to left off Stevens.
Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair closed out the evening’s scoring in the eighth with a two-out solo homer to right off Zack Segovia, the infielder’s team-leading 13th big fly of the year for Iowa.
Hinton (1-0) was the beneficiary of the Sounds’ mid-game rally as he picked up his first win of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs (both on Scales’ homer) in his two innings of work.
Carrillo (0-1) absorbed the loss after surrendering eight runs (six earned) on nine hits in just 1 2/3 innings of relief work for the visitors.
The teams wrap up the series with a 7:05pm finale on Friday evening. Right-hander Mark DiFelice (1-1, 2.30) will make his first start of the season for Nashville, as he replaces Chase Wright in the Sounds’ rotation. Iowa will counter with right-hander Alberto Cabrera (0-0, 6.75). Another Firestone Friday Fireworks show will follow the on-field action.
Nashville Sounds 15, Iowa Cubs 11
June 2nd, 2011
WP: Carrillo, Mateo.
Pitches-strikes: Bibens-Dirkx 69-41, Carrillo 58-32, Stevens 17-11, Mateo 17-13, Butler, Js 95-48, Hinton 12-11, Hand 35-23, Segovia 23-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Bibens-Dirkx 6-2, Carrillo 3-1, Stevens 0-3, Mateo 1-0, Butler, Js 7-3, Hinton 2-0, Hand 3-1, Segovia 3-1.
Batters faced: Bibens-Dirkx 21, Carrillo 16, Stevens 6, Mateo 5, Butler, Js 25, Hinton 5, Hand 7, Segovia 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Stevens 2-1.
Umpires: HP: John Tumpane. 1B: Brian Sinclair. 2B: . 3B: Quinn Wolcott.
Weather: 94 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, Out to CF.
TopicsAlberto Cabrera, Alpharetta GA, Augie Ojeda, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Brett Carroll, Bryan LaHair, Caleb Gindl, Chase Wright, Donovan Hand, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Fernando Perez, Firestone Friday Fireworks, George Kottara, Greer Stadium, Iowa Cubs, Jeff Stevens, Marco Carrillo, Mark DiFelice, Mat Gamel, Matt Camp, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Robert Hinton, Taylor Green, Welington Castillo, Zack Segovia
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