Wily Peralta Turns In Another Outstanding Start For Nashville
Papillion, NE – The Nashville Sounds plated four runs in the top of the eleventh inning to record a 7-3 victory over the division-leading Omaha Storm Chasers on Monday evening at Werner Park.
With the win, the Sounds (65-64) improved to 4-9 in extra-inning play on the year and pulled back within 6 ½ games of the Storm Chasers in the American Conference Northern Division.
Nashville – which scored five of its seven runs in unearned fashion as a result of six Omaha errors – received another brilliant start from right-hander Wily Peralta and held a 3-1 lead with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning before the Storm Chasers rallied to knot the score against Donovan Hand to force extra frames.Peralta opened the contest with 6 1/3 hitless innings, retiring 19 of his first 20 batters faced before surrendering a knock, and notched his third quality start in three Triple-A outings this season.
The 22-year-old sat down the first 13 Omaha batters in order before issuing a one-out walk to Kila Ka’aihue in the bottom of the fifth inning. The right-hander then retired the next six Storm Chasers in succession before ex-Sound Lorenzo Cain broke up the no-hit bid with a slow-rolling infield single to shortstop in the seventh, beating Edwin Maysonet’s throw to first by a half-step.
Peralta, who allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven batters over seven innings, lowered his ERA to 1.80 for the Sounds during his 98-pitch effort. In his last 13 starts overall, the young fireballer is 8-1 with a spectacular 1.98 ERA (18er/82.0ip).
In the decisive eleventh, Nashville got two runs on an Eric Farris single to break a 3-3 tie and Mat Gamel later put an accent on the victory by crushing a two-run homer to center off Brandon Sisk (4-2), who took the loss.
Gamel finished 4-for-6 on the night and homered for the second straight contest, upping his team-leading longball total to 27 on the year.
The Sounds took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the top of the fourth inning against former Nashville hurler Jeff Suppan.
Taylor Green led off with his team-leading 33rd double of the year and later scored following catch Martin Maldonado’s two-out grounder to third. On the play, Omaha first baseman Clint Robinson failed to catch Lance Zawadzki’s throw, allowing Green to race home with the game’s first score.
Nashville doubled its advantage to 2-0 in the seventh when Caleb Gindl (2-for-5) led off with a single and later scored on a Logan Schafer sacrifice fly.
Omaha got on the board in the home half of the seventh when Cain legged out his infield single for the Storm Chasers’ first hit of the night and came around to score on Irving Falu’s two-out RBI single through the right side of the Nashville infield, halving the Sounds’ lead to 2-1.
The Sounds reclaimed their two-run advantage in the top of the eighth with their second unearned run of the night, this one against Omaha reliever Willy Lebron.
With one out in the Nashville eighth, Gamel reached on a fielding error by Robinson at first base and moved to third when Maldonado extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games with a double into the left field corner. Gindl followed with a soft liner to right that just cleared the glove of a leaping Falu to drive in Gamel with the insurance run.
Hand followed Peralta to the hill for the Sounds and worked a scoreless eighth before Omaha rallied to even the contest in the home half of the ninth.
In the Omaha ninth, David Lough smoked a one-out double to the wall in right-center and moved to third on a Cain groundout to first that was a bang-bang play at the bag, resulting in the ejection of Storm Chasers manager Mike Jirschele. After Clint Robinson drew a walk to put runners on the corners, Ka’aihue beat out a soft grounder to second to bring home Lough with the second Omaha run of the night, cutting the Nashville lead to a narrow 3-2.
The inning continued as Falu worked back from an 0-2 hole to drew a walk from Hand to load the bases with two outs for the Storm Chasers. Yamaico Navarro blooped a single to right to bring home Joaquin Arias, who had pinch-run for Robinson, with the tying run, but Gindl fired a dart to the plate to gun down pinch-runner Kurt Mertins as he attempted to score the winning run.
In the top of the eleventh, the Sounds pulled in front, 7-3, with a four-run outburst that was keyed by a throwing error by Sisk, the Omaha hurler. After Maysonet drew an inning-opening walk, Schafer dropped down a sacrifice bunt and Sisk threw the ball into right field. Farris followed with a two-run single to break the tie. Later in the frame, Farris scored on Gamel’s two-run homer, which sent Sisk to the showers and concluded the evening’s scoring.
Right-hander Mike McClendon (5-3) picked up the victory for Nashville after tossing two scoreless innings.
Sounds designated hitter Erick Almonte had his season-best 11-game hitting streak come to a close with an 0-for-6 evening.
The division rivals wrap up the series with a 7:05pm finale on Tuesday night. Left-hander Sam Narron (6-5, 4.89) will make the start for Nashville to face Omaha right-hander Sean O’Sullivan (7-2, 3.47).
Nashville Sounds (66-64) 7, Omaha Storm Chasers (72-57) 3
August 22nd, 2011
|Green, T, 3B||6||1||2||0||0||1||3||.337|
2B: Green, T (33, Suppan), Maldonado (5, Lebron).
HR: Gamel (27, 11th inning off Sisk, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Farris 2; Green, T 3; Gamel 7; Maldonado 2; Gindl 2; Boggs; Maysonet.
RBI: Schafer (23), Gindl (53), Farris 2 (49), Gamel 2 (92).
2-out RBI: Gamel 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Farris; Green, T; Maysonet; Almonte; Boggs.
SAC: Maysonet; Maldonado; Schafer.
Team RISP: 4-for-16.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer (3, 2nd base off Sisk/Clark, C).
Outfield assists: Gindl 2 (Ka’aihue at 3rd base, Mertins at home).
DP: 2 (Hand-Gamel, Farris-Gamel).
|Robinson, C, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.320|
|Clark, C, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.248|
|1-Ran for Robinson, C in the 9th. 2-Ran for Ka’aihue in the 9th.|
2B: Lough (26, Hand).
TB: Lough 3; Cain; Ka’aihue; Falu; Navarro 2.
RBI: Falu (38), Ka’aihue (60), Navarro (4).
2-out RBI: Falu; Ka’aihue; Navarro.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro.
Team RISP: 3-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.FIELDING
E: Navarro 2 (5, fielding, throw), Robinson, C 2 (8, missed catch, fielding), Sisk (1, throw), Cain (5, fielding).
|Hand (BS, 3)||2.0||4||2||2||2||2||0||3.49|
|McClendon (W, 5-3)||2.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.58|
|Sisk (L, 4-2)||2.2||4||4||1||1||2||1||1.61|
Pitches-strikes: Peralta 98-59, Hand 38-23, McClendon 15-11, Suppan 93-61, Lebron 29-23, Sisk 40-25, Tejeda 4-3.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peralta 6-5, Hand 1-0, McClendon 2-2, Suppan 13-3, Lebron 2-2, Sisk 4-1, Tejeda 0-0.
Batters faced: Peralta 24, Hand 10, McClendon 6, Suppan 27, Lebron 9, Sisk 14, Tejeda 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Lebron 2-1.
Ejections: Omaha Storm Chasers Manager Mike Jirschele ejected by 1B umpire Jordan Baker (9th).
Umpires: HP: Eric Loveless. 1B: Jordan Baker. 2B: . 3B: Matt Schaufert.
Weather: 87 degrees, clear.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to LF.