Papillion, NE – Outfielder Jarrod Dyson hit a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Omaha Storm Chasers a 6-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds in the opener of a four-game set at Werner Park on Saturday night.
In his first pitching appearance of his professional career, Erick Almonte began the 13th inning by walking the leadoff batter and allowing a single to Terry Evans. Cody Clark then bunted to Almonte (0-1), but reached on a fielding error. In the ensuing at-bat, Nashville brought in five infielders but Dyson knocked the game-winning hit up the middle to end the marathon.The Sounds’ current six-game losing streak is their longest of the year and the club’s longest since dropping nine straight contests from May 2nd-10th last season. The Sounds’ 4-13 start is the 2nd-worst in club history through 17 games of action.
The extra-inning game was the PCL-leading fourth of the young season for Nashville (2-2). Thirteen of the Sounds’ 17 games have been decided by one or two runs (3-9 in those contests).
Logan Schafer homered and scored three runs from the leadoff spot. Caleb Gindl also homered and drove in two runs. Taylor Green and Eric Farris each added two hits apiece.
Defensively, Nashville turned a season-high three double plays while catcher Martin Maldonado threw out both runners attempting to steal. Gindl and Schafer each added an outfield assist.
Schafer gave the Sounds a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. On the second pitch from Omaha starter Vin Mazzaro, Schafer crushed a game-opening homer to center field for his second of the year. Schafer was also responsible for Nashville’s last game-opening homer last season on August 18th vs. Tucson.
Nashville tacked on two more runs in the next inning for a 3-0 advantage. With runners on the corners and two outs, designated hitter Brooks Conrad blooped an RBI single to left field, which was then booted by Derrick Robinson to allow Schafer to score from first.
Omaha scored four unanswered to go ahead at 4-3 with two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Kevin Kouzmanoff belted a two-run double for the first two runs while Clint Robinson hit a two-run homer just inside the foul pole in the fifth. The long ball was Robinson’s fourth of the year.
After a leadoff single from Schafer in the ninth, outfielder Caleb Gindl smashed a game-tying two-run homer to right field off Omaha reliever Francisley Bueno to force the game to extras. The home run was Gindl’s second of the season.
In a spot start and first Triple-A start due to the recent promotion of Wily Peralta, right-hander Donovan Hand surrendered two runs on seven hits while striking out two in four innings of work for a no-decision.
Reliever Dan Meadows’ gave up three runs on 2 2/3 innings while striking out three. Amaury Rivas provided 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball while stranding his only inherited runner. Vinnie Chulk added three scoreless innings.
Mazzaro tossed a quality start with three runs allowed on seven hits in six innings. Tommy Hottovy (1-0) pitched three shutout innings for the win.
The Sounds and division-rival Storm Chasers continue their series with a 2:00pm CT afternoon matinee on Sunday at Werner Park. Right-hander Seth McClung (0-1, 11.32) takes the hill for Nashville against Omaha righty Nate Adcock (2-1, 1.47).
Omaha Storm Chasers (12-5) 6, Nashville Sounds (4-13) 5
April 21st, 2012
None out when winning run scored.
|Green, T, 3B||5||0||2||0||1||0||4||.233|
|Patterson, C, LF||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.189|
2B: Green, T (3, Mazzaro).
HR: Schafer (2, 1st inning off Mazzaro, 0 on, 0 out), Gindl (2, 9th inning off Bueno, F, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Farris 2; Maldonado; Conrad; Schafer 5; Halton; Green, T 3; Gindl 5.
RBI: Schafer (5), Conrad (3), Gindl 2 (8).
2-out RBI: Conrad.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maysonet; Green, T 2; Conrad.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 12.FIELDING
E: Almonte (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Gindl (Kouzmanoff at home), Schafer (Seratelli at 3rd base).
DP: 3 (Gindl-Maldonado, Schafer-Green, T, Maldonado-Maysonet).
|Robinson, D, LF||6||1||2||0||0||2||1||.352|
|Robinson, C, 1B||3||1||2||2||2||1||1||.308|
|Abreu, T, SS||5||1||1||0||0||2||3||.373|
|Ramirez, M, DH||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.319|
|Clark, C, C||5||0||1||0||0||0||5||.240|
|Bueno, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Colon, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Struck out for Ramirez, M in the 8th.
1-Ran for Kouzmanoff in the 6th. 2-Ran for Robinson, C in the 10th.
2B: Kouzmanoff 2 (8, Hand, Meadows), Robinson, D (3, Meadows), Giavotella (3, Meadows).
HR: Robinson, C (4, 5th inning off Meadows, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Dyson; Evans; Kouzmanoff 4; Seratelli; Robinson, D 3; Giavotella 3; Robinson, C 5; Lough 2; Clark, C; Abreu, T; Ramirez, M.
RBI: Kouzmanoff 2 (11), Robinson, C 2 (10), Giavotella (11), Dyson (3).
2-out RBI: Robinson, C 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M; Giavotella; Abreu, T; Evans.
SAC: Dyson; Abreu, T; Clark, C.
Team RISP: 5-for-14.
Team LOB: 13.BASERUNNING
CS: Robinson, D (4, 2nd base by Hand/Maldonado), Dyson (1, 2nd base by Chulk/Maldonado).
|Almonte (L, 0-1)||0.0||2||1||1||1||0||0||—|
|Bueno, F (BS, 1)||2.1||3||2||2||0||3||1||2.31|
|Hottovy (W, 1-0)||3.0||0||0||0||1||5||0||2.70|
Almonte pitched to 4 batters in the 13th.
IBB: Lough (by Chulk).
HBP: Farris (by Mazzaro), Ramirez, M (by Meadows).
Pitches-strikes: Hand 58-38, Meadows 49-31, Rivas 30-20, Chulk 47-23, Almonte 11-4, Mazzaro 97-63, Bueno, F 31-22, Colon, R 23-17, Hottovy 37-24.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hand 6-1, Meadows 1-1, Rivas 2-0, Chulk 2-2, Almonte 1-0, Mazzaro 11-3, Bueno, F 2-1, Colon, R 2-2, Hottovy 1-3.
Batters faced: Hand 18, Meadows 13, Rivas 8, Chulk 12, Almonte 4, Mazzaro 29, Bueno, F 10, Colon, R 7, Hottovy 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Rivas 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Jarboe. 1B: Mike Muchlinski. 2B: Clint Fagan. 3B: Jordan Baker.
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, L to R.