Nashville Extends Longest Winning Streak Of The Season In Front Of Packed House
Nashville, TN – Right-hander Frankie De La Cruz turned in an outstanding start and Caleb Gindl belted a two-run homer to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 4-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs in front of 8,744 fans on Saturday night at Greer Stadium.
De La Cruz (4-6), who finished one out short of Nashville’s first nine-inning complete game of the year, struck out a Sounds season-high 10 batters in the contest. He allowed just one unearned run on five hits while walking only one batter during his 109-pitch effort.
With the victory, Nashville (49-52) extended its longest winning streak of the year to six games; all of those triumphs have come against the division-rival Cubs as the teams are in the midst of eight consecutive games against one another.
Sounds second baseman Taylor Green gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he laced an RBI double down the right field line off Iowa starter Alberto Cabrera. The two-bagger plated Logan Schafer, who had drawn an inning-opening walk.
Gindl (2-for-2) upped the Nashville advantage to 3-0 in the fourth when he belted a two-run homer off Cabrera that careened off the clubhouse building beyond the right-center wall. The blast, Gindl’s 13th roundtripper of the year, also plated Mat Gamel, who reached on a one-out single.
The red-hot Gindl extended the Sounds’ longest active hitting streak to nine games (13-for-36, .361) with the blast.
Schafer, the new Nashville center fielder, kept Iowa off the board in the fifth when he caught a bases-loaded fly ball off the bat of Brett Jackson and fired a strike to catcher Mike Rivera to nail Marwin Gonzalez for an inning-ending double play. It marked the 17th runner thrown out at the plate by a Sounds outfielder this season.
The Sounds added a run to make it 4-0 in the sixth when Gamel drew his second walk of the night and scored when Rivera doubled off the base of the wall in left-center.
Iowa broke up De La Cruz’s shutout bid with an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, first baseman Erick Almonte failed to field a grounder off the bat of Brad Snyder. The next hitter, former Vanderbilt standout Ryan Flaherty, lifted a fly ball double off the left field wall to plate the lone Cubs run of the evening.
Mike McClendon took over on the hill for Nashville and struck out pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin to end the game and notch his fourth save of the year.
Cabrera (1-3) took the loss for Iowa after allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings of work.
The teams continue the series with another 6:35pm meeting on Sunday evening. The Sounds have not announced their starting pitcher for the contest. Iowa will send right-hander Nick Struck (0-3, 5.63) to the hill.
Nashville Sounds (49-52) 4, Iowa Cubs (44-57) 1
July 23rd, 2011
|Jackson, B, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.162|
|Moore, S, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.275|
|Gonzalez, M, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.358|
|Robinson, Ch, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.259|
|Cabrera, A, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Struck out for Maine in the 9th.|
|BATTING2B: Snyder (20, De La Cruz), Flaherty (4, De La Cruz).
TB: Montanez; Moore, S; Snyder 2; Flaherty 2; Gonzalez, M; Robinson, Ch.
RBI: Flaherty (4).
2-out RBI: Flaherty.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Colvin.
SAC: Cabrera, A.
GIDP: Moore, S.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Jackson, B (Rivera, Mi at 3rd base).
DP: 4 (Cabrera, A-Gonzalez, M-Flaherty, Flaherty-Gonzalez, M-LaHair, LaHair-Gonzalez, M-Cabrera, A, Mota-LaHair).
|Brown, J, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.282|
|Green, T, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.316|
|Rivera, Mi, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||3||.254|
|De La Cruz, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.095|
|BATTING2B: Green, T (26, Cabrera, A), Rivera, Mi (9, Cabrera, A).
HR: Gindl (13, 4th inning off Cabrera, A, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Schafer; Brown, J; Green, T 2; Gamel; Rivera, Mi 2; Gindl 5.
RBI: Green, T (58), Gindl 2 (37), Rivera, Mi (26).
2-out RBI: Gindl 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rivera, Mi.
GIDP: De La Cruz; Brown, J; Green, T; Gamel.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 4.FIELDING
E: Almonte (5, fielding).
Outfield assists: Schafer (Gonzalez, M at home).
DP: 2 (Green, T-Farris-Almonte, Schafer-Rivera, Mi).
|Cabrera, A (L, 1-3)||6.0||7||4||4||5||3||1||6.47|
|De La Cruz (W, 4-6)||8.2||6||1||1||1||10||0||4.17|
|McClendon (S, 4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.29|
HBP: Montanez (by De La Cruz).
Pitches-strikes: Cabrera, A 95-51, Maine 20-12, De La Cruz 109-72, McClendon 4-3.
Groundouts-flyouts: Cabrera, A 8-1, Maine 2-0, De La Cruz 10-2, McClendon 0-0.
Batters faced: Cabrera, A 26, Maine 6, De La Cruz 33, McClendon 1.
Inherited runners-scored: McClendon 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Quinn Wolcott. 1B: John Tumpane. 2B: . 3B: Jeff Wright.
Weather: 93 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, In from CF.
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