Nashville, TN – The visiting Tucson Padres erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning for a come-from-behind 8-6 win over the Nashville Sounds on Thursday night at Greer Stadium.
Nashville (64-62) scored six runs of the game over the first seven innings, before the eight-run outburst got the club’s biggest blown lead of the season.
The Sounds had 11 hits in the loss, led by two-hit performances by centerfielder Logan Schafer, left fielder Jordan Brown, first baseman Erick Almonte, and catcher Martin Maldonado.
Schafer gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead to begin the game with a line drive homer down the right field line. It was Schafer’s fourth homer of the season and second game-opening home run of the homestand (August 12th vs. Las Vegas).
Nashville plated three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead, 4-0. The first run came after Almonte tripled off the outfield wall in right center. Right fielder Caleb Gindl then lined a single to right field that allowed Almonte to walk home. Maldonado added a single, shortstop Edwin Maysonet ripped a two-run double to the gap in left center.
The Sounds tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth. Gindl walked to start the damage, moved to third on a Maldonado single, and scored when Andy Gonzalez looped a base hit to right field.
Nashville plated their final run for a 6-0 advantage in the next inning. Schafer opened with a base hit to left, moved to third on Jordan Brown’s single, and came home as Eric Farris grounded into a double play.
Tucson’s offense came alive in the eighth inning, scoring eight runs on four different pitchers and snapping a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless frames leading back to opener of the series. After shortstop Pat McKenna singled, left fielder Steve Tolleson doubled to the gap in left center for the first run.
Right-hander Daniel Meadows came into the contest to relieve Sam Narron and offered up an RBI double off the right field wall to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. After pinch hitter Luis Martinez walked, right-hander Sean Green came in and hit right fielder Bobby Kielty and walked home third baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir with the bases loaded.
Right-hander Zack Segovia then came into the game and allowed two, two-run singles by pinch hitter Matt Clark and McKenna to give the Padres a 7-6 lead. Segovia then issued another bases loaded walk before striking out Rizzo to end the jam, the 14th batter of the inning. It was the third time this season that the Sounds have allowed a season-high eight runs in an inning.
Tucson reliever Greg Burke (2-2) picked up the win. Closer Brad Brach pitched two scoreless innings for his seventh save.
Narron’s ninth quality start was wasted, as the left-hander allowed two runs on six hits while fanning two in 7 1/3 innings of work for a no-decision. After allowing a leadoff double to Chris Denorfia in the first, Narron sat down a stretch of 14 batters in a row, matching a season-high previously set by three pitchers this season.
Meadows allowed two runs on 1/3 of an inning. Green was charged with two runs without recording an out. Segovia (5-4) surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings while letting all three of his inherited runners to score for the loss.
Tucson right-hander and former Vanderbilt star Matt Buschmann gave up five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in five innings pitched for a no-decision.
The Sounds and Padres wrap of a four-game series with tomorrow’s 7:05pm CT finale at Greer Stadium. Nashville right-hander Amaury Rivas (7-12, 5.09) will toe the rubber against Tucson righty Jeremy Hefner (8-7, 5.61).
Tucson Padres (56-69) 8, Nashville Sounds (64-62) 6
August 18th, 2011
|Macias, D, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|a-Martinez, L, PH-C||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.325|
|b-Clark, M, PH-LF||2||1||1||2||0||1||1||.292|
|a-Walked for Burke in the 8th. b-Singled for Quiroz in the 8th.|
|BATTING2B: Denorfia (1, Narron), Tolleson (23, Narron), Rizzo (31, Meadows).
TB: Denorfia 2; Macias, D; Tolleson 2; Rizzo 3; Hoffpauir 2; Clark, M; McKenna; Contreras.
RBI: Tolleson 2 (53), Rizzo (94), Hoffpauir (30), Clark, M 2 (76), Contreras 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Hoffpauir; Clark, M 2; Contreras 2; Tolleson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Feliz 2; Rizzo 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: McKenna (1, fielding).
DP: 2 (McKenna-Rizzo, McKenna-Contreras-Rizzo).
|Brown, J, LF||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.222|
|Green, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Green, T, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.336|
|a-Struck out for Segovia in the 9th.|
|BATTING2B: Maysonet (19, Buschmann).
3B: Almonte (1, Buschmann).
HR: Schafer (4, 1st inning off Buschmann, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Schafer 5; Brown, J 2; Almonte 4; Gindl; Maldonado 2; Gonzalez, A; Maysonet 2.
RBI: Schafer (19), Gindl (50), Maysonet 2 (32), Gonzalez, A (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl; Schafer; Farris.
GIDP: Narron; Farris.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Schafer (Tolleson at home).
DP: (Gonzalez, A-Farris-Almonte).
|Burke (W, 2-2)||2.0||3||1||1||0||0||0||5.45|
|Brach (S, 7)||2.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.87|
|Segovia (BS, 1)(L, 5-4)||1.1||3||2||2||2||3||0||3.94|
Buschmann pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.
Green, S pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.
WP: Buschmann, Brach, Meadows.
HBP: Kielty (by Green, S), Macias, D (by Segovia).
Pitches-strikes: Buschmann 90-57, Burke 18-12, Brach 35-23, Narron 103-68, Meadows 11-5, Green, S 10-2, Segovia 38-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Buschmann 5-5, Burke 2-0, Brach 2-1, Narron 9-5, Meadows 0-0, Green, S 0-0, Segovia 0-1.
Batters faced: Buschmann 25, Burke 7, Brach 7, Narron 29, Meadows 2, Green, S 2, Segovia 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Burke 2-0, Meadows 2-1, Green, S 2-1, Segovia 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Mark Buchanan. 1B: Darren Budahn. 2B: . 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 78 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media