Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds lost, 9-4, to the Round Rock Express on Monday evening at Greer Stadium in the third game of a four-game series. Round Rock leads the season series, 11-4.
Designated hitter Mat Gamel went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double for Nashville. Outfielders Caleb Gindl and Brandon Boggs added two hits. Leadoff hitter Logan Schafer went hitless to snap his 10-game hitting streak, the longest active streak on the club.
Round Rock opened the contest with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After Express center fielder Leonys Martin singled, former Sounds Brad Nelson crushed his first hit of the series, a two-run home run on to Chestnut Street. The long ball was Nelson’s 18th of the season.
Nashville plated its first run in the bottom of the second. With one out in the inning, Gamel doubled down the right field line and scored on the next play as second baseman Eric Farris lined an RBI two-bagger off the center field wall.
The Express plated two more runs for a 4-1 lead in the top of the third. Sounds starter Amaury Rivas recorded the first two outs and then ran into the trouble, allowing two singles and a two-out walk to load the bases. Chad Tracy then hit a fly ball just inside the left field line to score two runs for his team leading 84th and 85th RBIs.
Round Rock added another run for a 501 advantage in the fourth as Green doubled in Guilder Rodriguez, who singled earlier in the frame.
The Sounds plated three runs in the bottom of the frame to trail by one at 5-4. Gamel began the rally with a towering solo homer over the wall in right center, his team-leading 21st of the season. Farris worked a one-out walk and scored on the ensuing Jordan Brown base hit combined with a Round Rock throwing error. Express right fielder Val Majewski attempted to throw out Farris trying to advance to third on the single, but his throw was too high and bounced into the stands, allowing Farris to walk home. As Brown advanced to second on the throw and third on the error, Boggs grounded out to third, which let Brown come home to score the final run of the inning.
The Express scored two runs in the fifth as the first two batters of the inning reached to remove Rivas from the contest. Former Vanderbilt star Matt Kata then recorded a hit on reliever Daniel Meadows for the first run. Martin knocked in Majewski for the second run. The first seven runs scored in the game were by seven different Round Rock players.
Round Rock scored its final two runs in the top of the eighth to push the lead to 9-5. Jim Henderson entered the game with two men on base and allowed two straight base hits and a sacrifice fly.
Rivas (7-11) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits and four walks in four innings. The seven runs by the Rivas were the most given up this season since the 25-year-old surrendered nine runs on May 9th at Round Rock.
Meadows tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts, but allowed both of his inherited runners to score. Chase Wright gave up two runs in an inning. Jim Henderson finished the game with 1 2/3 scoreless innings pitched.
In his fifth quality start of the season, former Sound and Express starting pitcher Zach Jackson (9-4) scattered eight hits for four runs (three earned) in six innings. Nashville is now 3-10 when the opposition starts a former Sound on the hill this season.
The Sounds and Express wrap up their season series with tomorrow’s 7:05pm CT finale on at Greer Stadium. Nashville right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (5-6, 3.96) takes the mound against Round Rock Brett Tomko (5-4, 6.56).
Round Rock Express (65-45) 9, Nashville Sounds (53-57) 4
August 1st, 2011
|Nelson, B, DH||5||2||2||2||1||2||3||.271|
|Tracy, C, 1B||4||1||2||2||1||1||0||.258|
|Majewski, V, RF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.448|
|Rodriguez, G, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||7||.274|
|Jackson, Z, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Green (3, Rivas).
HR: Nelson, B (18, 1st inning off Rivas, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Martin 2; Green 3; German 2; Nelson, B 5; Tracy, C 2; Majewski, V 2; Kata; Rodriguez, G.
RBI: Nelson, B 2 (59), Tracy, C 2 (85), Green (6), Kata 2 (56), Martin (10), Majewski, V (11).
2-out RBI: Nelson, B 2; Tracy, C 2; Green; Martin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kata 2; Nelson, B; Green; Martin; Rodriguez, G 2.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 13.FIELDING
E: Majewski, V (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Green-Rodriguez, G, Cash-Rodriguez, G).
|Green, T, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.325|
|Brown, J, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.292|
|Wright, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
2B: Gamel (27, Jackson, Z), Farris (16, Jackson, Z).
HR: Gamel (21, 4th inning off Jackson, Z, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Gindl 2; Gamel 6; Farris 2; Brown, J; Boggs 2.
RBI: Farris (39), Gamel (72), Boggs (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maldonado; Green, T; Gindl.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
CS: Gindl (4, 2nd base by Jackson, Z/Cash).
E: Maysonet (16, throw).
|Jackson, Z (W, 9-4)||6.0||8||4||3||3||2||1||5.86|
|Kirkman (H, 3)||2.0||0||0||0||1||3||0||5.37|
|Rivas (L, 7-11)||4.0||8||7||7||4||1||1||5.22|
Rivas pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.
HBP: Cash (by Henderson).
Pitches-strikes: Jackson, Z 95-46, Kirkman 31-17, Eppley 19-9, Rivas 86-51, Meadows 42-23, Wright, C 19-12, Henderson 38-25.
Groundouts-flyouts: Jackson, Z 6-5, Kirkman 0-3, Eppley 1-1, Rivas 5-3, Meadows 2-2, Wright, C 2-0, Henderson 0-3.
Batters faced: Jackson, Z 27, Kirkman 7, Eppley 4, Rivas 24, Meadows 11, Wright, C 5, Henderson 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Meadows 2-2, Wright, C 2-0, Henderson 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Jason Arends. 1B: Mark Ripperger. 2B: . 3B: Michael Lusky.
Weather: 95 degrees, clear.
Wind: 1 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media