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Packed House Watches Nashville Win, 3-2, Over Round Rock In Home Opener

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds topped the Round Rock Express in an exciting 3-2 victory in the opener of a four-game set in front of 9,503 fans at Greer Stadium on Saturday night.

Center fielder Logan Schafer and second baseman Eric Farris each doubled while recording three hits in the victory. The three-hit game for Schafer was his first of the season and also extended his hitting streak to nine games, the longest active streak on the club.

In his first game back with the Sounds, Farris went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Jordan Brown and Taylor Green accounted for the club’s other two hits.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger)

Nashville has played a PCL-high 45 one-run games this season, going 21-24 in those contests. The Sounds’ 21 one-run are the second-most in the PCL behind Sacramento’s 22 victories.

In his eighth quality start, Sounds starter Sam Narron (5-4) allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work. Narron’s six strikeouts all occurred through the first 10 batters he faced. Narron has recorded a 2.66 ERA (6er/20.1ip) with 16 strikeouts in three starts against Round Rock this season.

The Express plated their first run in the top of the fifth inning. Right fielder Joey Butler singled to lead off the frame. The next batter Matt Kata then lined a double off the wall in left field, but Butler was victim of Nashville’s 36th outfield assist as Jordan Brown threw out Butler at home. Two batters later, Leonys Martin singled home Kata.

The Sounds knotted the contest at 1-1 in the next frame as Eric Farris hit a one-out with a double over the first baseman’s head to reach. Farris then stole third base and scored on Logan Schafer’s two-out double that one-hopped the center field wall.

Nashville took a 3-1 lead in the next inning as the Taylor Green led off the frame with a single. Taylor Green moved to second on a wild pitch, so Round Rock starter Ryan Tucker intentionally walked Mat Gamel. Later in the frame after Caleb Gindl worked a two-out walk, Eric Farris lined a two-run single to center that chased Tucker from the game.

The Express made the game exciting by scoring an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning. Butler lined a two-out double down the left field line and scored on the next play as Maysonet made a throwing error. Robinson Diaz then belted a long fly ball to deep center field, but Schafer was there to make a running catch at the wall to finish the game.

Zach Segovia struck out one batter over two shutout frames in relief for his fifth straight scoreless appearance. Mike McClendon notched his sixth save.

Tucker surrendered three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for the loss.

The Sounds and Express continue their series at 6:35pm CT on Sunday night at Greer Stadium. Right-hander Josh Butler (6-5, 4.70) takes the mound for Nashville against Round Rock southpaw Martin Perez (1-2, 8.10).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (53-55) 3, Round Rock Express (63-45) 2

July 30th, 2011

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock       0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 7 0
Nashville       0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 x 3 8 1
 
Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Martin, CF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .294
Blanco, A, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .200
German, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .290
Nelson, B, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 .272
Tracy, C, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .254
Majewski, V, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .476
Butler, Jy, RF 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 .338
Kata, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .290
Diaz, R, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .321
  Tucker, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Strop, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Jones, B, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 2 7 1 1 7 14 .293
 
 
 
BATTING

2B: Kata (23, Narron), Butler, Jy (23, McClendon).

TB: Martin; German; Majewski, V; Butler, Jy 4; Kata 2.

RBI: Martin (9).

2-out RBI: Martin.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: German; Blanco, A.

Team RISP: 1-for-5.

Team LOB: 7.FIELDING

Outfield assists: Martin (Gindl at 3rd base).

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 .429
Brown, J, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .292
Green, T, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .330
Almonte, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .291
Gamel, 1B 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .321
Rivera, Mi, C 3 0 0 0 1 3 2 .247
Gindl, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .290
Farris, 2B 3 1 3 2 0 0 0 .262
Maysonet, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .283
  Narron, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .192
  Segovia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
  McClendon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 3 8 3 3 6 15 .273
 
 
 
BATTING

2B: Farris (15, Tucker), Schafer (3, Tucker).

TB: Schafer 4; Brown, J; Green, T; Farris 4.

RBI: Schafer (7), Farris 2 (38).

2-out RBI: Schafer; Farris 2.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Almonte 2; Brown, J; Maysonet.

Team RISP: 2-for-10.

Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING

SB: Schafer (2, 2nd base off Tucker/Diaz, R), Farris (15, 3rd base off Tucker/Diaz, R).

FIELDING

E: Maysonet (14, throw).

Outfield assists: Brown, J (Butler, Jy at home).

Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tucker (L, 2-3) 5.2 7 3 3 3 4 0 4.75
Strop  1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.47
Jones, B  1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.86
Totals 8.0 8 3 3 3 6 0 4.90
                 
Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Narron (W, 5-4) 6.0 5 1 1 1 6 0 4.30
Segovia (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.58
McClendon (S, 6) 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.52
Totals 9.0 7 2 1 1 7 0 4.35
                 

WP: Tucker, Strop.

IBB: Gamel (by Tucker).

HBP: Kata (by Narron).

Pitches-strikes: Tucker 101-66, Strop 23-14, Jones, B 15-9, Narron 81-54, Segovia 26-19, McClendon 19-13.

Groundouts-flyouts: Tucker 7-4, Strop 1-3, Jones, B 0-0, Narron 6-4, Segovia 2-1, McClendon 1-3.

Batters faced: Tucker 26, Strop 5, Jones, B 3, Narron 24, Segovia 7, McClendon 5.

Inherited runners-scored: Strop 2-0.

Umpires: HP: Mark Ripperger. 1B: Michael Lusky. 2B: . 3B: Jason Arends.

Weather: 85 degrees, partly cloudy.

Wind: 1 mph, In from CF.

T: 2:45.

Att: 9,503.

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media


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