Nashville Blows Late Five-Run Lead In Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM – The Nashville Sounds endured a heartbreaking end to their road trip on Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park, blowing a late five-run lead in a 16-14 loss to Albuquerque in the finale of a four-game series.
With the defeat, Nashville (27-35) dropped its third straight game to the Isotopes and wrapped up the road trip with a 4-4 record.
Trailing 14-9 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Albuquerque rallied to tie the contest with a five-spot in that frame against the Sounds’ bullpen then took the lead with two runs against Donovan Hand in the eighth to claim the come-from-behind victory.
Albuquerque batters legged out 22 hits on the afternoon, the most ever recorded in a game against the Sounds in the club’s 34-year history. The previous high was 21 hits by New Orleans in 2006 in the Zephyrs’ 24-inning win over Nashville.
The 43 combined hits between the clubs in the game matched the Isotopes Park record.
Second baseman Taylor Green (2-for-3) paced the all-hands-on-deck Sounds’ offensive attack with two home runs and four RBIs on the day. It marked the infielder’s seventh straight game with an extra-base hit.
Every Nashville starting position player recorded a knock, including multiple-hit efforts from seven players. Former Isotope Brett Carroll turned in a 4-for-6 effort, his team-leading third 4-hit game of the season.
Outfielder Trayvon Robinson finished 5-for-6 on the day in extending his hitting streak to 14 games for the Isotopes.
The Sounds got the scoring started by jumping out to a 1-0 lead against Albuquerque starter John Ely in the top of the second. Shortstop Edwin Maysonet opened the frame with a double to deep left-center and later scored on Zelous Wheeler’s two-out RBI single to center.
Albuquerque responded in the home half of the frame, plating four runs against Sounds starter Frankie De La Cruz to grab a 4-1 lead.
De La Cruz turned in a short start against his former club for the second time in two starts this season. The right-hander gave up four runs on five hits while walking three batters and striking out two in just two innings of work, throwing 65 pitches (38 for strikes). De La Cruz worked only 1 2/3 frames against the Isotopes in an April 30th start at Greer Stadium.
The Sounds got a run back in the third when Carroll singled with one out and later scored on a two-out single off the bat of George Kottaras, who has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games at a .410 clip (34-for-83). Nashville could have had at least one more run in the frame but an outstanding running catch on the warning track by Robinson, the Albuquerque left fielder, took extra bases away from Maysonet for the final out of the inning.
Russ Mitchell, who enjoyed a 4-for-5, five-RBI game for Albuquerque that included four runs scored, touched Sounds reliever Chase Wright for a mammoth one-out solo homer to right-center in the home half of the third. The slugger’s fifth longball of the year made it a 5-2 contest. The Isotopes then pieced together three straight singles off Wright, the last of which by Justin Sellers plated Robinson from second to add a second run in the inning.
Nashville reclaimed the lead at 9-6 in the fourth by putting up a seven-spot against Ely, sending 11 batters to the plate during the Sounds’ best single-inning output of the year.
Green and Caleb Gindl led off the inning with the club’s third set of back-to-back home runs this season to bring the visitors back within two at 6-4. The blasts were Green’s ninth and Gindl’s seventh roundtrippers of the year, and extended each player’s longest hitting streak of the year: Green to 10 games, Gindl to 12 games.
After the Sounds loaded the bases with one out, Mat Gamel quickly unloaded them by rifling a line-drive double just past the first base bag for a three-run double into the right field corner to put Nashville on top, 7-6. Kottaras drove in Gamel with an RBI single and later scored the inning’s final run on a Green sacrifice fly.
Albuquerque responded immediately with three runs in the bottom of the frame to even things up at 9-9. The first two batters reached against Wright before Mitchell delivered an RBI single to left and Robinson scalded a two-run double to center to tie the game and chase Wright from the contest.
The Sounds moved back in front, 14-9, with five runs against a pair of Albuquerque relievers in the top of the seventh A pair of massive home runs off the bats of Erick Almonte and Green highlighted the outburst.
Pinch-hitting for the pitcher’s spot, Almonte broke a nine-all tie when he led off the inning with a solo homer to deep left off Isotopes reliever Adam Dedeaux, his second longball of the year.
Jordan Brown followed with double to right then scored on a Brett Carroll single. Later in the frame, Maysonet dropped down a two-out RBI bunt single up the third-base line to give the visitors a 12-9 lead.
Green followed the Sounds’ shortest hit of the day with the club’s longest – a towering drive to right off right-hander Mario Alvarez that landed on the second tier of the seating berm, the infielder’s second home run of the game and his tenth of the year.
For the fourth time on the afternoon, Albuquerque responded to a Sounds’ scoring outburst in the top of the frame with one of its own in the home half, getting all five runs back with a two-out rally against Justin James to pull back even at 14-14.
After the ‘Topes loaded the bags on a double and a pair of walks, Albuquerque reeled off three straight two-out run scoring singles to pull back within one and chase James from the contest. New Sounds reliever Donovan Hand came on to face veteran pinch-hitter John Lindsey with runners on the corners and lost the battle, surrendering a game-tying, opposite-field single to left.
Merkin Valdez retired the Sounds in order in the top of the eighth, then Albuquerque broke the tie in the home half of the inning with a pair of runs off Hand courtesy of a Jerry Sands RBI double and a Mitchell run-scoring single.
The Sounds didn’t go down without a fight in the ninth, putting runners on first and second to open the inning against Valdez. After a Kottaras strikeout, Maysonet was robbed of a run-scoring extra-base hit for the second time by an Isotopes outfielder, as a hard-running Sands tracked down his long fly ball deep in the gap in right-center for the second out. Carroll advanced to third on the play, but Valdez left him standing there as he struck out pinch-hitter Brandon Boggs looking at a 3-2 curveball to end the game.
Valdez (4-1) was the beneficiary of the late Isotopes rally and picked up the win after blanking the Sounds in his two frames of action.
Hand (1-3) suffered a blown save and took the loss for Nashville after allowing two runs on four hits in his 1 1/3 innings of work.
The Sounds travel home to Music City tomorrow to open a four-game series at Greer Stadium against the Round Rock Express (AAA-Rangers). Nashville right-hander Josh Butler (3-4, 4.57) will start Monday’s 7:05pm series opener and face Round Rock right-hander Derek Hankins (5-4, 6.71).
Albuquerque Isotopes (36-26) 16, Nashville Sounds (27-35) 14
June 12th, 2011
|Brown, J, LF||6||2||2||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Green, T, 2B||3||2||2||4||1||0||1||.302|
|De La Cruz, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Wright, C, P||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.111|
|a-Homered for Herrera in the 7th. b-Struck out for Hand in the 9th.|
2B: Carroll (9, Ely), Maysonet (8, Ely), Wheeler (1, Ely), Gamel (18, Ely), Brown, J (7, Dedeaux).
HR: Green, T 2 (10, 4th inning off Ely, 0 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Alvarez, 1 on, 2 out), Gindl (7, 4th inning off Ely, 0 on, 0 out), Almonte (2, 7th inning off Dedeaux, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Brown, J 3; Carroll 5; Gamel 3; Kottaras 3; Maysonet 4; Green, T 8; Gindl 4; Wheeler 3; Segovia; Almonte 4.
RBI: Wheeler (4), Kottaras 2 (21), Green, T 4 (33), Gindl (22), Gamel 3 (42), Almonte (13), Carroll (30), Maysonet (15).
2-out RBI: Wheeler; Kottaras; Maysonet; Green, T 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kottaras; Gamel; Wheeler; Boggs.
SF: Green, T.
Team RISP: 9-for-23.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
SB: Maysonet (2, 2nd base off Alvarez/Ellis, A), Carroll (5, 2nd base off Dedeaux/Ellis, A).
Outfield assists: Brown, J (Velez at 2nd base).
|Ellis, A, C||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.300|
|Robinson, T, LF||6||3||5||4||0||0||1||.299|
|De Jesus, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.278|
|a-Singled for Alvarez in the 7th.|
2B: Robinson, T (7, Wright, C), Velez 2 (12, James, Hand), Sands (4, Hand).
HR: Mitchell (5, 3rd inning off Wright, C, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Velez 6; Ellis, A; Sands 3; Mitchell 7; Robinson, T 6; Hoffmann 3; Sellers 2; Lindsey.
RBI: Robinson, T 4 (41), Hoffmann 2 (27), Sellers 2 (18), Velez (19), Mitchell 5 (20), Lindsey (26), Sands (19).
2-out RBI: Mitchell 3; Robinson, T; Hoffmann; Lindsey.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sands; Velez 2; Dedeaux; Closser; De Jesus; Robinson, T.
SAC: Ely; Ellis, A.
Team RISP: 13-for-24.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
CS: Velez (6, 2nd base by De La Cruz/Kottaras).
E: Velez (5, fielding), De Jesus (2, fielding).
PB: Ellis, A (5).
|De La Cruz||2.0||5||4||4||3||2||0||4.61|
|Hand (BS, 2)(L, 1-3)||1.1||4||2||2||0||0||0||3.98|
|Valdez (W, 4-1)||2.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.67|
HBP: Hoffmann (by Wright, C).
Pitches-strikes: De La Cruz 65-38, Wright, C 43-25, Segovia 31-18, Herrera 14-8, James 36-18, Hand 26-15, Ely 83-56, Dedeaux 55-35, Alvarez 11-6, Valdez 33-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: De La Cruz 0-1, Wright, C 1-1, Segovia 2-2, Herrera 2-1, James 1-1, Hand 2-1, Ely 6-3, Dedeaux 2-4, Alvarez 0-1, Valdez 2-2.
Batters faced: De La Cruz 12, Wright, C 13, Segovia 6, Herrera 4, James 8, Hand 8, Ely 23, Dedeaux 17, Alvarez 3, Valdez 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Segovia 2-0, Hand 2-1, Dedeaux 2-1, Alvarez 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Brian Sinclair. 1B: Quinn Wolcott. 2B: . 3B: Tom Courtney.
Weather: 87 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to LF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media