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Reno, NV – The Nashville Sounds opened the second portion of their West Coast road trip with an 11-5 victory over Reno on Sunday evening at Aces Ballpark in the opener of a four-game series.
The win marked the seventh straight series opener victory for Nashville (57-59).
The Sounds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Logan Schafer led off the contest with a single and later scored on a Mat Gamel groundout.
Reno responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the frame when cleanup hitter Andy Tracy belted a two-out, two-run homer to right off Nashville starter Frankie De La Cruz. The veteran’s 14th big fly of the season gave the Aces a short-lived 2-1 advantage.Nashville exploded for four runs to grab a 5-2 lead in the top of the second, with three of those scores coming on Schafer’s second Triple-A home run – a three-run shot to right off Reno starter Wade Miley.
The Sounds added a run in the third on catcher Mike Rivera’s leadoff homer to left off Miley, his seventh roundtripper of the year.
A two-out walk came back to haunt De La Cruz in the fourth as Reno cut the Sounds’ lead to 6-3. After Juan Miranda drew the free pass, Konrad Schmidt and Angel Berroa strung together back-to-back, two-out singles to plate the Aces’ third run of the night.
In the top of the seventh, Nashville plated a run against ex-Sound Jeff Bennett when Eric Farris led off with a double and later scored on a Gamel RBI single.
In the bottom of the inning, Reno got a double of runs back from De La Cruz to make it a 7-5 game. Schmidt led off by belting his ninth homer of the year for Reno, a solo shot to left. After a pair of singles and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with one out, Mark Hallberg hit a comebacker to De La Cruz that drove in Berroa from third.
Edwin Maysonet (4-for-5) delivered a big two-out, two-run single against Bennett in the top of the eighth to extend the Sounds’ lead back to four runs at 9-5. Both runs crossed home in unearned fashion following a fielding error by Berroa at shortstop earlier in the frame.
Nashville closed out the night’s scoring with a pair of ninth-inning runs against Aces reliever Brian Stokes. Sounds third baseman Taylor Green led off the frame with his 19th home run of the season, a solo shot to right off that extended the visitors’ lead to 10-5. Gamel followed Green’s blast with a single and later scored on a two-out Brandon Boggs double.
De La Cruz (7-6) picked up a victory for his fourth consecutive start for the Sounds. He allowed five runs on six hits while striking out seven batters and walking five in 6 2/3 innings of action.
Miley (3-1) suffered his first defeat of the year after giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in six frames of action.
The teams continue the series with a 9:05pm CT contest on Monday. Left-hander Sam Narron (5-5, 4.78) will toe the rubber for the Sounds to face Reno right-hander Barry Enright (8-3, 5.14).
Reno Aces (66-49) 5, Nashville Sounds (57-59) 11
August 7th, 2011
WP: De La Cruz, Miley 2, Stokes.
Pitches-strikes: De La Cruz 120-69, Segovia 6-3, Herrera 19-9, Hand 9-6, Miley 102-70, Bennett 36-21, Stokes 30-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: De La Cruz 5-5, Segovia 0-0, Herrera 1-0, Hand 3-0, Miley 5-5, Bennett 6-0, Stokes 2-1.
Batters faced: De La Cruz 29, Segovia 1, Herrera 4, Hand 3, Miley 29, Bennett 10, Stokes 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Segovia 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Barry Larson. 1B: Kellen Levy. 2B: . 3B: Tyler Ramsey.
Weather: 88 degrees, clear.
Wind: 18 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAces Ballpark, Andy Tracy, Angel Berroa, Barry Enright, Brandon Boggs, Brian Stokes, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Frankie De La Cruz, Jeff Bennett, Juan Miranda, Konrad Schmidt, Mark Hallberg, Mat Gamel, Mike Rivera, Nashville Sounds, Reno Aces, Reno NV, Sam Narron, Taylor Green, Wade Miley
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