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Des Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds plated a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit in the top of the tenth inning to hang a 5-3 defeat on the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Monday evening at Principal Park in the opener of a four-game series.
In the decisive tenth, Taylor Green and Mat Gamel drew back-to-back one-out walks from Iowa reliever Chris Carpenter before the pitcher-catcher exchange failed the I-Cubs. With an 0-2 count on Sounds catcher Mike Rivera, the next two offerings went to the screen to allow Nashville to take the lead.A Carpenter wild pitch allowed the baserunners to advance to second and third before a passed ball charged to I-Cubs catcher Welington Castillo permitted Green to race home with the go-ahead run. Rivera lifted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Gamel with an insurance run that extended the visitors’ lead to 5-3.
Nashville left-hander Daniel Meadows retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the tenth to secure the victory and earn his first career Triple-A save.
Reliever Sean Green (1-5), who worked a scoreless ninth for the Sounds, was awarded his first victory of the year, while Carpenter (2-2) was tagged with a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs in his two innings of work despite not allowing a hit.
With the franchise’s 2,500th all-time win, the Sounds (44-52) snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 2-9 in extra-inning play this season. It was Nashville’s league-leading 43rd one-run game of the year.
Rivera gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead when he belted a two-out solo homer to left in the top of the fifth inning. The big fly, which came against Iowa starter Alberto Cabrera, was the backstop’s fifth of the year.
Iowa evened the score in the fifth when Brett Jackson drew a one-out walk from Nashville starter Frankie De La Cruz and later came around to score on Tyler Colvin’s two-out RBI triple to right off Sounds reliever Mike McClendon.
Gamel (2-for-3) powered Nashville back in front in the sixth when he slugged his team-leading 19th roundtripper of the year, a two-out solo shot to right off Cabrera.
The Sounds’ defense stifled a pair of attempts by Iowa to re-tie the score in the home half of the sixth, combining to throw out two runners at the plate in the inning.
After Brad Snyder led off the Cubs’ sixth with a single, he was gunned down at the dish by a perfect relay from center fielder Brett Carroll and shortstop Edwin Maysonet cut him down at the dish as he attempted to score on a Ryan Flaherty double. Later in the inning, Flaherty himself was erased at home as Gamel fielded a one-out Marwin Gonzalez grounder and threw plateward for the out.
Left-handed reliever Mitch Stetter made his first rehab appearance for Nashville, taking the hill in the bottom of the seventh. After retiring the first batter on a groundout, he allowed a Colvin single before serving up a go-ahead, two-run homer to Castillo. The Iowa backstop’s 12th home run of the year gave Iowa its first lead of the night at 3-2.
Stetter was charged with a blown save after he worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits with one strikeout while throwing 22 pitches (15 for strikes).
The Sounds threatened in the eighth, placing a runner on third with two outs, but Cubs reliever John Gaub struck out Rivera to escape the inning unscathed.
Nashville didn’t go down without a fight in the final frame, either, rallying to knot the score at 3-3.
Caleb Gindl led off with a single up the middle off Gaub and Edwin Maysonet, while attempting to lay down a bunt, drew a four-pitch walk to put a pair of runners on base. Carpenter took over on the hill for Iowa and pinch-hitter Andy Gonzalez sacrificed the duo into scoring position with one out. With Eric Farris at the plate, Carpenter uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Gindl to scamper home with the tying run. Maysonet advanced to third on the play but was stranded there as Farris struck out and Jordan Brown grounded out to end the inning.
Brown singled in the first inning to extend the Sounds’ longest active hitting streak to seven games.
The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm matchup on Tuesday. Right-hander Mike Fiers (2-0, 2.08) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Iowa right-hander Nick Struck (0-2, 6.30).
Nashville Sounds (44-52) 5, Iowa Cubs (44-52) 3
July 18th, 2011
Gaub pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.
WP: Cabrera, A, Gaub, Carpenter 2.
Pitches-strikes: De La Cruz 75-47, McClendon 24-20, Stetter 22-15, Henderson 22-13, Green, S 14-8, Meadows 14-8, Cabrera, A 84-55, Coello 26-15, Gaub 20-9, Carpenter 37-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: De La Cruz 4-2, McClendon 4-0, Stetter 1-0, Henderson 1-2, Green, S 0-1, Meadows 0-1, Cabrera, A 8-3, Coello 3-0, Gaub 0-0, Carpenter 3-2.
Batters faced: De La Cruz 19, McClendon 9, Stetter 4, Henderson 5, Green, S 3, Meadows 3, Cabrera, A 24, Coello 6, Gaub 5, Carpenter 8.
Inherited runners-scored: McClendon 1-1, Gaub 1-0, Carpenter 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Matt Schaufert. 1B: Eric Loveless. 2B: . 3B: Jordan Baker.
Weather: 97 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to CF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAlberto Cabrera, Andy Gonzalez, Brad Snyder, Brett Carroll, Brett Jackson, Caleb Gindl, Daniel Meadows, Des Moines IA, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Frankie De La Cruz, Iowa Cubs, John Gaub, Jordan Brown, Marwin Gonzalez, Mat Gamel, Mike Fiers, Mike McClendon, Mike Rivera, Mitch Stetter, Nashville Sounds, Nick Struck, Principal Park, Ryan Flaherty, Sean Green, Taylor Green, Welington Castillo
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