Rogers Tosses Quality Start In No-Decision For Nashville
Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to hang a 4-2 defeat on the Nashville Sounds on Saturday evening at Isotopes Park in the second game of a four-game series.
The loss was Nashville’s third in a row on the heels of the club’s season-best four-game winning streak earlier in the week. The defeat dropped the Sounds to 8-21 on the year, the worst start in club history.
Nashville out-hit Albuquerque, 9-5, in the game but left nine runners on base on the evening.Left fielder Scott Van Slyke, who recorded both of Albuquerque’s go-ahead RBIs on the night, staked the Isotopes to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when he led off the frame with his PCL-leading eighth home run of the year, a solo shot to left off Sounds starter Mark Rogers.
Albuquerque doubled its lead to 2-0 in the sixth with a two-out rally against Rogers. After the first two batters of the frame were retired, Elian Herrera and Ivan DeJesus, Jr. recorded back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. With Josh Fields at the plate, Rogers uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Herrera to scamper home from third to give the Isotopes a two-run cushion.
After putting runners on base in each of the first six innings but failing to score, Nashville finally got onto the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, plating two runs to knot the contest at 2-2 and came close to taking the lead, if not for a spectacular inning-ending catch by Herrera in center field.
Logan Schafer got things started as he drew a one-out walk from ‘Topes starter John Ely and moved to third on Eric Farris’ single to center. Left-hander Cole St. Clair was summoned from the Albuquerque bullpen and quickly greeted by Taylor Green’s RBI double to right that plated Schafer to put the visitors on the board. Farris, who moved to third on Green’s team-leading eighth two-bagger of the year, raced home with the tying run when Sean Halton followed with a groundout to short.
Caleb Gindl followed with a well-struck ball to center that was snagged by Herrera with a run-saving sliding catch at the base of the center field wall that ended the frame and kept Nashville from pulling in front.
McClendon (1-1) didn’t fare as well in the following frame, walking in the go-ahead run with one out in the bottom of the eighth as Albuquerque re-claimed the lead. After the Isotopes loaded the bags on a Matt Angle double followed by a pair of walks, Van Slyke drew an RBI free pass from McClendon on a 3-1 count to put the home team back in front.
Jeff Baisley upped the lead to two when he followed with a sharp single to left before Sounds first baseman Erick Almonte ended the bases-loaded threat with an unassisted, inning-ending double play after making a tremendous diving snag of an Oeltjen liner near the first-base bag.
Both starting pitchers turned in quality starts but took no-decisions in the contest.
Rogers worked his longest outing of the season for the Sounds, holding the Isotopes to two runs and only three hits in his six-plus frames in his first quality start of the year. He struck out four batters while walking only one during his 84-pitch effort. Ely allowed two runs on eight hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work for Albuquerque, fanning six.
Reliever Wil Ledezma (1-2) was credited with his first victory of the year for Albuquerque after retiring the Sounds in order in the eighth inning. Josh Wall closed out the game with a perfect ninth to notch his seventh save of the year.
The teams continue the series with a 2:35pm matinee on Sunday afternoon. Top Brewers prospect Wily Peralta (1-2, 3.72) toes the rubber for the Sounds. The right-hander will square off against Albuquerque southpaw Michael Antonini (1-0, 4.88).
Albuquerque Isotopes (18-12) 4, Nashville Sounds (8-20) 2
May 5th, 2012
|Green, T, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.287|
|Brown, J, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.250|
2B: Green, T (8, St. Clair).
TB: Farris; Schafer 2; Phillips; Green, T 2; Statia 2; Brown, J 2.
RBI: Green, T (7), Halton (13).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl 2; Rogers.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
PO: Statia (2nd base by Bard).
|De Jesus, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Van Slyke, LF||2||1||1||2||2||0||0||.339|
|St. Clair, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Angle (4, McClendon).
HR: Van Slyke (8, 2nd inning off Rogers, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Van Slyke 4; Angle 2; Herrera; De Jesus; Baisley.
RBI: Van Slyke 2 (23), Baisley (24).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fields; Bard.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: De Jesus (1, 2nd base off Rogers/Phillips).
|McClendon (L, 1-1)||2.0||2||2||2||3||1||0||3.86|
|St. Clair (BS, 1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.65|
|Ledezma (W, 1-2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||8.74|
|Wall (S, 7)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.15|
Rogers pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
WP: Rogers, McClendon.
IBB: Fields (by McClendon).
HBP: Baisley (by Rogers).
Pitches-strikes: Rogers 84-54, McClendon 34-18, Ely 105-71, St. Clair 5-3, Ledezma 11-7, Wall 12-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rogers 5-6, McClendon 1-1, Ely 5-4, St. Clair 1-1, Ledezma 1-1, Wall 2-0.
Batters faced: Rogers 23, McClendon 10, Ely 29, St. Clair 3, Ledezma 3, Wall 3.
Inherited runners-scored: McClendon 2-0, St. Clair 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Stu Scheurwater. 1B: Mark Ripperger. 3B: Tripp Gibson III.
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, Out to RF.