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Nashville Sounds drop Wednesday afternoon game to Oklahoma City RedHawks 7-5

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds dropped a 7-5 contest to the visiting Oklahoma City RedHawks on Wednesday afternoon at Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game set.

RedHawks starter Dallas Keuchel (3-0) threw his third straight quality start to open the season for the win. The left-hander surrendered two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three in seven innings. Keuchel tossed seven scoreless against Nashville earlier this season on April 12th in Oklahoma City.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Center fielder Logan Schafer went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. In left field for the first time at home this season, Eric Farris scored two runs while adding a hit to extend his hitting streak to five games.

Oklahoma City right fielder Justin Ruggiano belted a solo homer to right field to leadoff the second inning to give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead. The long ball was Ruggiano’s first of the season.

The RedHawks added another run in the next inning for a 2-0 advantage as the first two batters led off with singles. After both runners moved to scoring position on a double steal, J.B Shuck scored on a walk combined with a wild pitch from Rogers.

The Sounds trimmed the lead in half in the next frame. Farris singled to left field, moved from first to third on a Schafer base hit to right field, and came home on an Edwin Maysonet sacrifice fly.

Oklahoma City extended the lead to 5-1 in the visiting half of the fifth with a couple homers off reliever Seth McClung. Brian Bixler hit a solo shot to left field and Scott Moore crushed a two-run homer to right.

Nashville plated its second run in the fifth thanks to an RBI-double from Schafer. Farris reached on a fielder’s choice groundout, stole second base, and scored on a line drive two-bagger from the center fielder.

The RedHawks made it 7-2 in the next inning as Bixler tripled off the top of the centerfield wall and scored on the ensuing at-bat when Fernando Martinez looped a base hit over second base. Martinez later scored the other run on an infield groundout from Brett Wallace.

After Maysonet walked in the eighth, second baseman Brooks Conrad crushed his first home run in a Sounds uniform to reduce the lead to three runs at 7-4.  On a 1-1 pitch from reliever Juan Abreu, Conrad crushed the two-run shot to right field.

The Sounds threatened in the bottom of the ninth against closer Jose Valdez. First baseman Sean Halton reached on a fielding error and moved to third on a single from Corey Patterson. Halton then scored on a infield ground out from Farris to trim the lead to two runs. As the tying run, Farris took second on defensive indifference and was stranded there as the game ended on a long fly out from Hainley Statia.

In his season debut for the Sounds starting pitcher Mark Rogers (0-3) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in three inning of work. The right-hander fanned three in 69 pitches, 35 for strikes in the loss.

In his first relief appearance since moving to the bullpen, McClung was touched for five runs on seven hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. Vinnie Chulk tossed a season-high 2 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing one of two inherited runners to score.

Right-handed reliever Amaury Rivas ended the contest with a perfect ninth inning.

The Sounds and RedHawks will play a doubleheader on Thursday night consisting of pair of seven-inning contests. Right-hander Josh Butler (0-2, 3.86) will toe the rubber for the Sounds in the opener against RedHawks righty Jordan Lyles (1-0, 1.50). Nashville righty Brian Baker (1-1, 4.82) will start the nightcap versus right-hander Henry Sosa (0-0, 3.00).

Box Score

Oklahoma City RedHawks (9-4) 7, Nashville Sounds (4-9) 5
April 18th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma City RedHawks 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 7 12 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 5 7 0


Okla. City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Shuck, CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .243
Bixler, SS 5 2 2 1 0 1 2 .476
Martinez, F, LF 4 2 2 1 1 1 2 .347
Moore, S, 3B 3 1 2 2 2 0 1 .367
Ruggiano, RF 4 1 3 1 1 0 2 .314
Wallace, 1B 4 0 0 1 1 2 5 .256
Paredes, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 .214
Corporan, C 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 .227
Keuchel, P 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 .286
Abreu, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Snyder, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
Valdez, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 7 12 6 6 5 20 .274
a-Flied out for Abreu in the 9th.
BATTING
3B: Bixler (1, McClung).
HR: Ruggiano (1, 2nd inning off Rogers, 0 on, 0 out), Bixler (2, 5th inning off McClung, 0 on, 0 out), Moore, S (2, 5th inning off McClung, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Shuck; Bixler 7; Ruggiano 6; Martinez, F 2; Moore, S 5; Keuchel; Corporan.
RBI: Ruggiano (7), Bixler (3), Moore, S 2 (8), Martinez, F (14), Wallace (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ruggiano; Shuck 2; Keuchel; Paredes 2; Wallace.
SAC: Keuchel.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
SB: Shuck (2, 3rd base off Rogers/Maldonado), Bixler (5, 2nd base off Rogers/Maldonado), Ruggiano (2, 2nd base off McClung/Maldonado).

FIELDING
E: Bixler (1, fielding).
DP: 2 (Moore, S-Paredes-Wallace, Paredes-Bixler-Wallace).
Pickoffs: Keuchel (Maldonado at 1st base).

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .226
Maysonet, SS 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 .268
Conrad, 2B 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 .400
Green, T, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .205
Rivas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Maldonado, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .289
Halton, 1B 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .267
Patterson, C, RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .179
Farris, LF 4 2 1 1 0 0 2 .179
Rogers, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
McClung, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Chulk, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Statia, PH-3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .212
Totals 31 5 7 5 4 3 11 .230
a-Grounded out for Chulk in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Schafer (4, Keuchel).
HR: Conrad (1, 8th inning off Abreu, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Farris; Maldonado; Conrad 4; Schafer 3; Patterson, C 2.
RBI: Maysonet (4), Schafer (3), Conrad 2 (2), Farris (1).
2-out RBI: Schafer; Conrad 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Conrad; Maysonet; Statia.
SF: Maysonet.
GIDP: Halton, Green, T.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer (2, 2nd base off Keuchel/Corporan), Farris (3, 2nd base off Keuchel/Corporan).
CS: Maldonado (2, 2nd base by Keuchel/Corporan).
PO: Maldonado (1st base by Keuchel).

 


Okla. City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Keuchel (W, 3-0) 7.0 5 2 2 3 3 0 0.90
Abreu 1.0 1 2 2 1 0 1 15.88
Valdez, J (S, 3) 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 7 5 4 4 3 1 2.72

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rogers (L, 0-1) 3.0 3 2 2 2 3 1 6.00
McClung 2.1 7 5 5 3 0 2 11.32
Chulk 2.2 2 0 0 1 2 0 4.32
Rivas 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.29
Totals 9.0 12 7 7 6 5 3 4.14



WP: Rogers.
IBB: Corporan (by McClung).
Pitches-strikes: Keuchel 89-55, Abreu 24-17, Valdez, J 24-15, Rogers 69-35, McClung 70-39, Chulk 32-24, Rivas 12-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Keuchel 8-3, Abreu 2-1, Valdez, J 2-1, Rogers 3-3, McClung 3-2, Chulk 4-1, Rivas 0-2.
Batters faced: Keuchel 26, Abreu 5, Valdez, J 5, Rogers 14, McClung 17, Chulk 11, Rivas 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Chulk 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Barry Larson. 1B: Kellen Levy. 3B: Brian Hertzog.
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 3 mph, L to R.
T: 3:04.
Att: 4,898.


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