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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
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.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAlberto Cabrera, Brad Snyder, Brett Jackson, Caleb Gindl, Erick Almonte, Frankie De La Cruz, Greer Stadium, Iowa Cubs, Logan Schafer, Marwin Gonzalez, Mat Gamel, Mike McClendon, Mike Rivera, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Nick Struck, Ryan Flaherty, Taylor Green, Vanderbilt University
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