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Gamel’s Walkoff Blast Caps Four-Run Ninth In Sounds’ 4-3 Win

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds plated four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capped by Mat Gamel’s walkoff two-run homer, to record an exciting 4-3 victory over the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs in front of 8,211 fans on Saturday evening at Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

Trailing 3-0 entering the game’s final half-inning, all four Sounds batters who came to the plate in the ninth against New Orleans reliever Frank Mata scored as Nashville (34-42) picked up its seventh last at-bat win of the year and its fourth victory in a game it trailed in the eighth inning or later.

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Edwin Maysonet led off with a soft single to right and moved to third when Brandon Boggs doubled to right. Brett Carroll followed by plating both runners with a two-run single to center that made it a 4-3 contest.

The red-hot Gamel followed by hammering an 0-1 Mata fastball over the home run deck in right-center field for the game-winner, his team-leading 17th home run of the season.

With a 2-for-4 evening, Gamel extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is hitting .423 (11-for-26) over that stretch, the longest active streak by any Sounds player.

The late Sounds heroics wiped out a tremendous start by New Orleans right-hander Elih Villanueva, who turned in his best outing of the season but was left with a no-decision for his efforts. He held the Sounds to four hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out eight in eight scoreless innings of work.

Mata (1-5) failed to retire a batter and took the loss after suffering his third blown save of the year for New Orleans.

Sounds reliever Zack Segovia (3-3) was the beneficiary of the late rally, earning the win after tossing a scoreless inning.

Villanueva opened the scoring and helped his own cause by drilling a one-out solo homer to left off Sounds starter Sam Narron in the top of the third inning.

The roundtripper – the first of Villanueva’s pro career – was the first by an opposing pitcher against Nashville since Chris Narveson, then with Memphis, took Justin Lehr deep on July 4, 2006.

The visitors extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth when Z’s center fielder Josh Kroeger smashed a hanging Narron curveball deep beyond the wall in right for a two-run homer. The blast, his 11th of the year, also plated Matt Dominguez, who preceded Kroeger with a single.

Narron, who departed on the short end of a 3-0 deficit but ultimately took a no-decision, worked his fifth quality start of the year for the Sounds, allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings.

The teams continue the series with another 6:35pm meeting on Sunday. Right-hander Amaury Rivas (5-7, 4.27) will make the start for the Sounds to face New Orleans right-hander Tom Koehler (5-5, 5.47).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (34-42) 4, New Orleans Zephyrs (38-39) 3

June 25th, 2011

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans       0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
Nashville       0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 0
 

None out when winning run scored.

New Orleans AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Petersen, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .335
Cervenak, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .285
Thurston, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .307
Dominguez, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .268
Kroeger, CF 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .283
Aguila, RF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .286
Martinez, O, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .245
Davis, B, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .199
Villanueva, P 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .095
  Mata, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 30 3 6 3 1 6 6 .262
 
 
 
 
 
BATTING

2B: Petersen (17, Narron).

HR: Villanueva (1, 3rd inning off Narron, 0 on, 1 out), Kroeger (11, 4th inning off Narron, 1 on, 1 out).

TB: Petersen 2; Cervenak; Dominguez; Kroeger 4; Aguila; Villanueva 4.

RBI: Villanueva (2), Kroeger 2 (53).

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dominguez.

GIDP: Martinez, O 2; Thurston.

Team RISP: 0-for-3.

Team LOB: 1.

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Farris, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .266
Maysonet, SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .271
Boggs, LF 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 .265
Carroll, CF 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 .294
Gamel, 1B 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 .322
Nieves, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .136
Gindl, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .255
Green, T, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .309
Narron, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .211
  James, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Almonte, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .254
  Segovia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Totals 32 4 8 4 0 8 6 .267
 
a-Grounded out for James in the 8th.
 
BATTING

2B: Green, T (18, Villanueva), Boggs (10, Mata).

HR: Gamel (17, 9th inning off Mata, 1 on, 0 out).

TB: Farris; Maysonet 2; Boggs 2; Carroll; Gamel 5; Green, T 2.

RBI: Carroll 2 (39), Gamel 2 (54).

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Boggs; Farris.

Team RISP: 1-for-4.

Team LOB: 4.FIELDING

DP: 3 (Green, T-Farris-Gamel, Farris-Maysonet-Gamel, Maysonet-Farris-Gamel).

New Orleans IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Villanueva  8.0 4 0 0 0 8 0 4.59
Mata (BS, 3)(L, 1-5) 0.0 4 4 4 0 0 1 4.95
Totals 8.0 8 4 4 0 8 1 4.59
 
Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Narron  7.0 5 3 3 1 4 2 3.70
James  1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.68
Segovia (W, 3-3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.46
Totals 9.0 6 3 3 1 6 2 4.51
                 

Mata pitched to 4 batters in the 9th.

Pitches-strikes: Villanueva 103-67, Mata 10-10, Narron 93-64, James 11-7, Segovia 6-5.

Groundouts-flyouts: Villanueva 4-4, Mata 0-0, Narron 8-5, James 2-0, Segovia 1-0.

Batters faced: Villanueva 28, Mata 4, Narron 25, James 3, Segovia 3.

Umpires: HP: Darren Budahn. 1B: Chris Segal. 2B: . 3B: Mark Buchanan.

Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.

Wind: 1 mph, In from CF.

T: 2:13.

Att: 8,211.

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media


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