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Round Rock, TX – The Round Rock Express scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to top the Nashville Sounds, 5-3, on Friday night at The Dell Diamond in the second game of a four-game set.
Sounds starting pitcher Sam Narron pitched seven scoreless frames before getting into trouble in the eighth inning, as Round Rock batted around and scored all five runs.
Esteban German reached on a fielding error to begin the rally and moved to second on a Joey Butler single. Matt Kata then cleared the bases with a double down the left field line to bring the Express within one run at 3-2. Narron got Kevin Cash to pop out and was removed from the contest for reliever Sean Green, who issued a walk to Julio Borbon. Round Rock went ahead at 5-3 as Omar Quintanilla tripled home Kata and Borbon, followed by a Mike Napoli RBI double.It was Green’s first blown save of the season as the reliever moved to 0-3 with the loss.
The Sounds have lost 12 or their last 14 games at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock since the beginning of the 2010 season, including the last six consecutive contests. Eighteen of the Sounds’ last 21 games have been decided by three runs or less.
The Sounds put their first run on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Catcher Mike Rivera worked a two-out walk and moved to third as outfielder Caleb Gindl lined a base hit to center field. First baseman Jordan Brown then singled to right field to plate Rivera.
Outfielder Brett Carroll belted a two-out solo homer to right field to give Nashville a 2-0 advantage. It was the second consecutive night that Carroll went yard, and third occurrence this season that the outfielder has hit a homer in consecutive games.
Carroll extended the Sounds lead to 3-0 in the top of the seventh. In his Sounds debut, third baseman Andy Gonzalez singled to lead off the frame, moved to second on a Brandon Boggs sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored as Carroll singled to right.
Narron took a no-decision on the night, surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits with three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings pitched. After giving up two hits in third inning, the 2011 PCL All-Star retired a stretch of 11 consecutive hitters.
Round Rock starter Derek Hankins allowed two hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Mark Hamburger (2-3) took the win with a shutout inning. Pedro Strop converted his fourth save.
The Sounds and Express will continue their series with the third game of a four-game set at 6:05pm CT on Saturday evening. Nashville right-hander Amaury Rivas will take the mound (6-7, 4.18) against Round Rock righty Eric Hurley (1-0, 3.77).
Round Rock Express (47-34) 5, Nashville Sounds (37-44) 3
July 1st, 2011
Pitches-strikes: Narron 94-60, Green, S 23-11, Hankins 51-28, Delcarmen 36-21, Phillips 31-22, Hamburger 10-7, Strop 20-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 10-4, Green, S 0-0, Hankins 3-4, Delcarmen 1-1, Phillips 4-1, Hamburger 0-2, Strop 1-1.
Batters faced: Narron 27, Green, S 5, Hankins 13, Delcarmen 9, Phillips 9, Hamburger 4, Strop 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Green, S 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike Jarboe. 1B: Tyler Funneman. 2B: . 3B: Tripp Gibson.
Weather: 95 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 18 mph, Out to LF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAmaury Rivas, Andy Gonzalez, Brandon Boggs, Brett Carroll, Caleb Gindl, Dell Diamond, Derek Hankins, Esteban German, Joey Butler, Jordan Brown, Julio Borbon, Kevin Cash, Matt Kata, Mike Rivera, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Omar Quintanilla, Pedro Strop, Round Rock Express, Round Rock TX, Sam Narron, Sean Green
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