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Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds split a doubleheader with the division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers on Wednesday night at Greer Stadium. Nashville dropped the first game, 4-1, and won the nightcap, 5-4.
The doubleheader split was Nashville’s (32-41) fourth of the season, which moved to 4-4 in twinbill play. The win was just Nashville’s second of the season against the first place Storm Chasers.The Sounds jumped on the board and put two runs up in the bottom of the first in the nightcap. Leadoff hitter Eric Farris singled to start the rally, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a Brett Carroll single, and scored as Erick Almonte hammed a base hit to center. Mat Gamel then knocked the second run with a base hit to right field.
Nashville moved it to 4-0 in the next frame. Taylor Green crushed his 11th homer over the wall in right field to lead off the inning. Zelous Wheeler scored the second runoff the inning on a wild pitch, who previously reached on a double.
Omaha scored two unearned runs in the top of the fifth to trail 4-2. Paulo Orlando doubled off the wall in center to leadoff and scored on a fielding error by Erick Almonte. Later in the frame with two outs, Johnny Giavotella singled home Falu for the club’s second run.
The Storm Chasers came within one run at 4-3 in the top of the sixth. Kila Ka’aihue hit a leadoff double to left field, advanced to third on a deep flyout, and scored on a Joaquin Arias sacrifice fly.
Gamel put the Sounds back up by two runs at 5-3 when the slugger hammered a solo shot off former Brewers prospect Jeremy Jeffress. Gamel’s 15th homer also produced his 50th RBI, both team highs.
Omaha scored a late run in the top of the seventh to pull within one run at 5-4, but Sean Green closed the door and picked up his fourth save.
Frankie De La Cruz continued his dominance from the mound. Following seven scoreless innings in his last start in Memphis, De La Cruz moved his scoreless innings streak to a team-best 11 straight frames before allowing two unearned runs in the top of the fifth. The 27-year-old earned his team-leading eighth quality start while surrendering four runs (two earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
In his first rehab appearance for the Royals, Omaha starter Sean O’Sullivan (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The teams continue the series with a 7:05pm meeting on Thursday night. Right-hander Josh Butler (4-4, 5.89) will make the start for the Sounds to face Omaha right-hander Vin Mazzaro (3-0, 4.06).
Nashville Sounds (32-41) 5, Omaha Storm Chasers (40-34) 4
June 22nd, 2011
WP: O’Sullivan 2.
Pitches-strikes: O’Sullivan 49-33, Tejeda 14-10, Jeffress 23-14, De La Cruz 92-56, Green, S 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: O’Sullivan 4-1, Tejeda 1-3, Jeffress 4-0, De La Cruz 12-6, Green, S 1-0.
Batters faced: O’Sullivan 13, Tejeda 5, Jeffress 7, De La Cruz 28, Green, S 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Green, S 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Jason Millsap. 1B: Shaun Francis. 2B: . 3B: Brett Robson.
Weather: 73 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 3 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsBrett Carroll, Eric Farris, Erick Almonte, Frankie De La Cruz, Greer Stadium, Jeremy Jeffress, Johnny Giavotella, Josh Butler, Kila Ka'aihue, Mat Gamel, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Omaha Storm Chasers, Paulo Orlando, Sean O'Sullivan, Taylor Green, Vin Mazzaro, Zelous Wheeler
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