Teams Split Four-Game Season Series
Nashville, TN – Right fielder Ricardo Nanita belted a pair of home runs to power the visiting Las Vegas 51s to a 7-2 win over the Nashville Sounds on Monday evening at Greer Stadium in the finale of a four-game series.
With the victory, Las Vegas recorded a split of the team’s four-game season series, winning the final two contests following a pair of Nashville triumphs on Friday and Saturday.
Las Vegas took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run against Sounds starter Josh Butler in the top of the second inning. Ex-Sound Chris Woodward reached with one out when right fielder Caleb Gindl dropped his fly ball after avoiding a near-collision with center fielder Logan Schafer. Woodward later scored on catcher Brian Jeroloman’s two-out single.The 51s doubled their advantage to 2-0 in the fourth when Manny Mayorson singled and came plateward on a groundout off the bat of Adeiny Hechevarria (3-for-5).
The visitors increased the lead to 6-0 in the fifth with four-run frame against Butler. Ricardo Nanita’s leadoff solo homer and a double-steal of home and second executed by Mayorson and Darin Mastroianni highlighted the scoring.
Las Vegas continued the onslaught in the seventh when Nanita mashed his second roundtripper of the night, a one-out solo shot to right off Sounds reliever Daniel Meadows, to make it a 7-0 contest.
Sounds catcher Martin Maldonado (2-for-3) broke up the shutout bid in the seventh when he belted his fifth home run in his last nine games, a two-run blast to left-center off 51s reliever Rommie Lewis. Erick Almonte, who opened the Nashville seventh with a single, also scored on the blast, Maldonado’s fifth of the year at the Triple-A level.
Right-hander Chad Gaudin (1-0) worked five innings of scoreless, four-hit ball for the 51s to earn a victory in his second start for the club.
Butler (7-7) took the loss for the Sounds after giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 4 1/3 in frames of action.
Sounds first baseman Mat Gamel had his season-best 13-game hitting streak come to a close with an 0-for-4 effort.
Schafer went 2-for-4 with a double for the Sounds, his 13th multiple-hit effort in 24 Triple-A contests. He has recorded a hit in 22 of his PCL 24 tilts.
The Sounds continue their homestand on Tuesday by welcoming the Tucson Padres to town for the 7:05pm opener of a four-game series, the lone meeting between the teams this season.
Right-hander Mike Fiers (5-0, 1.42), a winner in each of his five Triple-A starts this season, will man the bump for the Sounds to face Tucson right-hander Samuel Dedino (3-3, 3.40).
Las Vegas 51s (62-61) 7, Nashville Sounds (62-61) 2
August 15th, 2011
|Nix, J, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||7||.253|
|BATTING2B: Mayorson (12, Butler, Js), Hechavarria (3, Meadows).
HR: Nanita 2 (6, 5th inning off Butler, Js, 0 on, 0 out; 6th inning off Meadows, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Mastroianni; Hechavarria 4; Nanita 8; Lane; Woodward 2; Mayorson 3; Jeroloman 2.
RBI: Jeroloman (25), Hechavarria 2 (2), Nanita 2 (23), Mayorson (45).
2-out RBI: Jeroloman; Hechavarria.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nanita; Lane; Nix, J 2; Loewen; Mastroianni 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-16.
Team LOB: 12.BASERUNNING
SB: Mastroianni (12, 2nd base off Meadows/Maldonado), Mayorson (15, home off Meadows/Maldonado).
DP: (Nix, J-Mayorson-Loewen).
|Brown, J, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.313|
|Butler, Js, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.115|
|BATTING2B: Schafer (10, Gaudin).
HR: Maldonado (5, 7th inning off Lewis, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Schafer 3; Almonte; Maldonado 5; Gindl.
RBI: Maldonado 2 (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Boggs; Farris.
GIDP: Brown, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
E: Gindl (5, fielding), Maldonado (1, fielding), Brown, J (4, fielding).
|Gaudin (W, 1-0)||5.0||4||0||0||0||2||0||3.38|
|Butler, Js (L, 7-7)||4.1||9||6||5||3||4||1||5.16|
Pitches-strikes: Gaudin 59-45, Lewis 26-19, Uviedo 24-17, Butler, Js 112-67, Meadows 39-27, Segovia 34-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gaudin 8-2, Lewis 3-0, Uviedo 3-0, Butler, Js 7-4, Meadows 2-3, Segovia 3-4.
Batters faced: Gaudin 18, Lewis 8, Uviedo 6, Butler, Js 27, Meadows 10, Segovia 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Meadows 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Mark Buchanan. 1B: Darren Budahn. 2B: . 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 82 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 3 mph, Out to CF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media