Nashville, TN – Outfielder Logan Schafer crushed a game-winning double to center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Nashville Sounds a 4-3 victory over the division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers in the opener of a four-game series at Greer Stadium on Monday night.
With the game tied 3-3 entering the ninth, outfielder Corey Patterson reached an infield groundout, moved to second on a single from catcher Martin Maldonado, and scored on the game-winning hit from Schafer (3-for-5).It was Nashville’s (6-17) second win in a row and third last at-bat victory of the year. The victory was also the first against Omaha this season through the first five contests.
Sounds starting pitcher Mark Rogers matched his Triple-A career high with 5 1/3 innings of work in a no-decision. The 26-year-old gave up one run on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two in 77 pitches, 47 for strikes.
After Schafer singled to lead off the contest, second baseman Brooks Conrad crushed a two-run homer over the left field wall for 2-0 lead. Conrad’s third long ball of the season also extended his hitting streak to a team-best eight straight games.
Nashville was able to tack on another run in the fifth against Omaha starter Mike Montgomery for a 3-0 advantage. Schafer pushed a perfectly-placed two-out bunt passed the pitcher to advance to first and was followed by a walk to Conrad. Third baseman Taylor Green then singled to right field to bring home Schafer.
Omaha first baseman Clint Robinson put the Storm Chasers on the board in the top of the sixth inning with a solo blast off the clubhouse beyond the center field wall. The homer was Robinson’s fifth of the year.
Storm Chasers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff led off the visiting half of the seventh frame with a double off reliever Victor Garate. Two batters later, Omaha center fielder and former Sound Jason Bourgeois hammered a game-tying line-drive homer to left field. The two-run shot was his first of the year.
Garate was charged with two runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings while giving Nashville its third blown save in five chances.
Jim Henderson (2-1) fanned two over pitched two scoreless frames for the victory. The right-hander has yet to allow a run this season, extending his scoreless streak to a 12.0 innings over six appearances, both team-highs.
The Sounds and Storm Chasers continue their series at 7:05pm CT on Tuesday night at Greer Stadium. Sounds right-hander and Brewers top prospect Wily Peralta (0-2, 3.68) takes the mound against Omaha southpaw Will Smith (0-1, 3.76).
Nashville Sounds (6-17) 4, Omaha Storm Chasers (17-8) 3
April 30th, 2012
|Omaha Storm Chasers||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||3||8||0|
Two out when winning run scored.
|Robinson, D, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.338|
|Robinson, C, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.281|
|Ramirez, M, DH||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Abreu, T, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.340|
|Clark, C, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|Colon, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Flied out for Clark, C in the 9th.|
2B: Kouzmanoff (9, Garate).
HR: Robinson, C (5, 6th inning off Rogers, 0 on, 1 out), Bourgeois (1, 7th inning off Garate, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Kouzmanoff 3; Bourgeois 4; Robinson, C 4; Lough; Abreu, T; Ramirez, M 2.
RBI: Robinson, C (12), Bourgeois 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M; Clark, C; Robinson, D.
SAC: Robinson, D; Clark, C.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Lough (6, 2nd base off Rogers/Maldonado).
CS: Abreu, T (1, 2nd base by Henderson/Maldonado).FIELDING
Pickoffs: Montgomery (Maysonet at 1st base).
|Green, T, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.247|
|Patterson, C, LF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.180|
2B: Schafer (8, Jeffress).
HR: Conrad (3, 1st inning off Montgomery, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Maldonado; Maysonet 2; Conrad 4; Schafer 4; Gindl; Green, T 2.
RBI: Conrad 2 (8), Green, T (6), Schafer (6).
2-out RBI: Green, T; Schafer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Farris; Almonte; Conrad.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Maysonet (1, 2nd base off Colon, R/Clark, C).
CS: Maysonet (1, 2nd base by Montgomery/Clark, C).
PO: Maysonet (1st base by Montgomery).FIELDING
|Jeffress (L, 2-2)||0.2||2||1||1||1||1||0||3.38|
|Garate (BS, 1)||1.2||2||2||2||0||1||1||6.75|
|Henderson (W, 2-1)||2.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
Pitches-strikes: Montgomery 93-58, Colon, R 26-16, Jeffress 20-13, Rogers 77-47, Garate 22-16, Henderson 27-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Montgomery 7-3, Colon, R 0-2, Jeffress 1-0, Rogers 7-4, Garate 3-1, Henderson 1-2.
Batters faced: Montgomery 25, Colon, R 7, Jeffress 5, Rogers 23, Garate 7, Henderson 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Garate 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Sinclair. 1B: Quinn Wolcott. 3B: John Tumpane.
Weather: 82 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 3 mph, R to L.