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Gindl Fuels Nashville Offense With Two Homers, Five RBIs
Albuquerque, NM – Caleb Gindl belted two homers and drove in five runs to lead the red-hot Nashville Sounds to a 14-1 thumping of the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday evening at Isotopes Park in the opener of a four-game series.
The win was the sixth in the last seven games for Nashville (27-32). During the five games on their current road trip, the Sounds have outscored the opposition, 50-9.Gindl (2-for-4) established a new career high with five RBIs in the contest and became the fifth different Nashville player to record a two-homer game this season. With the solid night, Gindl extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching the longest effort by a Sounds player this season (fourth occurrence, joining Farris, Kottaras, and Maysonet).
Every Sounds position player recorded a knock by the fifth inning and seven of the eight finished with multiple hits on the evening, led by catcher George Kottaras’ 4-for-5 effort.
Right-hander Mark DiFelice (2-1) pitched well to earn his first victory in a starting role this season, working five scoreless innings while allowing four hits and striking out five. He stranded Albuquerque runners in scoring position in three separate innings.
Chase Wright worked the final four innings for Nashville, allowing one run in four innings, and was credited with his first save of the year.
For the third time in the past four games, Nashville erupted for a six-run first inning against the opposition, roughing up veteran Isotopes starter Tim Redding in the opening frame to jump ahead for a quick 6-0 lead.
After Brandon Boggs (3-for-5) opened the contest with a single to center, Jordan Brown and Eric Farris followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to give the Sounds a 2-0 advantage.
Red-hot catcher George Kottaras stepped in and delivered a two-run homer to right, his third longball of the season. He continued his hot hitting with a 4-for-5 night, missing the cycle by a triple, and has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 tilts at a .411 clip (30-for-73).
Later in the frame, Gindl slugged the visitors’ second two-run jack of the inning, belting a mammoth homer to dead center that cleared the wall beyond the 428-foot mark. Edwin Maysonet (walk) also scored on the outfielder’s fifth roundtripper of the season.
Nashville tacked on five more runs against Redding in the third to stretch the lead to 11-0.
Gindl continued his power surge when he crushed another massive home run, a three-run shot to center that landed on the berm well beyond the center field wall and upped the visitors’ lead to 9-0. Kottaras and Mat Gamel, who each preceded Gindl with a single to start the inning.
The Sounds’ third-inning rally continued when Taylor Green (3-for-5) followed Gindl’s blast with a double to extend his hit streak to seven and came around to score on a Boggs two-out RBI triple to right that chased Redding. Brown greeted new Isotopes reliever Mario Alvarez by dumping on 0-2 offering into right field for a run-scoring single that made it an 11-0 contest.
Gamel upped the Nashville lead to 13-0 in the fifth when his two-out, bases-loaded single to center off Alvarez plated DiFelice and Boggs after the Albuquerque right-hander issued three free passes to fill the bags.
The Sounds scratched across another run in the top of the sixth when Gindl drew an inning-opening walk from Alvarez and later scored for the third time on Boggs’ two-out single to center extend the lead to 14-0.
Albuquerque broke up Nashville’s shutout bid with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Wright when Trayvon Robinson ripped an RBI single up the middle to score ex-Sound JD Closser, who had doubled with one out.
Redding (2-6) took the loss for Albuquerque after being tattooed for 11 runs on 10 hits (seven for extra bases) in just 2 2/3 innings of work.
The teams continue the series with another 8:05pm CT meeting on Friday night. Left-hander Sam Narron (4-2, 3.13) will man the bump for the Sounds to face former Nashville hurler Dana Eveland (6-3, 3.90).
Nashville Sounds (27-32) 14, Albuquerque Isotopes (33-26) 1
June 9th, 2011
Pitches-strikes: DiFelice 63-42, Wright, C 48-33, Redding 60-43, Alvarez 63-32, Dedeaux 48-34.
Groundouts-flyouts: DiFelice 4-4, Wright, C 3-4, Redding 0-2, Alvarez 4-2, Dedeaux 4-0.
Batters faced: DiFelice 19, Wright, C 15, Redding 19, Alvarez 19, Dedeaux 12.
Inherited runners-scored: Alvarez 1-1.
Umpires: HP: John Tumpane. 1B: Brian Sinclair. 2B: . 3B: Quinn Wolcott.
Weather: 89 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAlbuquerque Isotopes, Albuquerque NM, Brandon Boggs, Caleb Gindl, Chase Wright, Dana Eveland, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, George Kottaras, Jordan Brown, Mark DiFelice, Mat Gamel, Nashville Sounds, Sam Narron, Taylor Green, Trayvon Robinson
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