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Nashville Sounds loses 8-3 to the Albuquerque Isotopes

 

Nashville SoundsAlbuquerque, NM – The Nashville Sounds dropped an 8-3 series finale to the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday afternoon at Isotopes Park. With the loss, Nashville dropped three of four to Albuquerque in the series and moved to a PCL worst 9-21 on the season, which matches last year’s Sounds club.

With a 3-1 lead entering the fourth inning, Albuquerque scored seven unanswered runs to win and take the series.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Second baseman Hainley Statia (2-for-4) doubled while driving in all three runs. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi and outfielders Corey Patterson and Jordan Brown each added two hits.

The Sounds took an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame against Albuquerque starter Mike Parisi as Bianchi worked a two-out walk and moved to third as Brown singled to right field. After an Andy Gonzalez walk to load the bases, second Statia knocked a two-run single to right.

Albuquerque cut the lead in half in the home half of the first as Isotopes leadoff hitter Elian Herrera doubled and scored on a Scott Van Slyke RBI base hit.

Parisi departed the contest after a couple of warm-up pitches due to a non-disclosed injury to begin the third.

Bianchi and Statia got in on the action again in the third on new pitcher Cole St. Clair, as both middle infielders doubled in the inning to push the Nashville lead to 3-1. Bianchi’s double was the first Triple-A hit of his career in his first at-bat for the Sounds after the 25-year-old had a sacrifice fly and walked in his first two plate appearances.

Three consecutive walks by Nashville starting pitcher Brian Baker, followed by two straight sacrifice flies knotted the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Former Sound Luis Cruz then gave Albuquerque its first lead at 4-3 with a go-ahead RBI double later in the frame.

Cruz later hit a three-run bomb in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend Albuquerque’s lead to 7-3. After two singles and a coaching visit to the mound by pitching coach Fred Dabney, reliever Amaury Rivas surrendered Cruz’s third homer on the year on a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall.

Former Sounds Trent Oeltjen scored Albuquerque’s final run on a sacrifice fly in the following frame.

Baker (1-2) gave up four runs on five hits and a season-high four walks in 4 1/3 innings pitched for the loss. Rivas allowed a season-high four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Right-hander Johnnie Lowe pitched two scoreless frames to end the game while allowing one of two inherited runners to score. The 27-year-old has yet to surrender a run through his first 10 1/3 innings.

St. Clair (1-0) picked up the victory after giving up one run on in four innings of work in relief.

The Sounds return to Music City tomorrow to open an eight-game homestand against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA-Rockies) and Reno Aces (AAA-Diamondbacks) of the Pacific Coast League Northern Division. Right-hander Mike Fiers (0-2, 3.99) will toe the rubber for Nashville in the opener against Colorado Springs righty Brandon Hynick (0-1, 8.31).

Box Score

Albuquerque Isotopes (19-13) 8, Nashville Sounds (9-21) 3
May 7th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 3 0 3 1 0 x 8 9 0



Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 .254
Patterson, C, RF-LF 5 0 2 0 0 2 1 .203
Bianchi, SS 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 .667
Brown, J, LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 .294
Lowe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Farris, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Gonzalez, A, 3B 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000
Rivas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Gindl, RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .175
Statia, 2B 4 0 2 3 0 1 0 .305
Halton, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .255
Phillips, C 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .161
Baker, B, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Almonte, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .184
Totals 35 3 9 3 5 9 13 .240
a-Grounded out for Lowe in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Schafer (9, Parisi, M), Bianchi (1, St. Clair), Statia (4, St. Clair).
TB: Brown, J 2; Bianchi 3; Schafer 2; Patterson, C 2; Statia 3.
RBI: Statia 3 (7).
2-out RBI: Statia 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton 2; Patterson, C; Brown, J; Almonte.
GIDP: Bianchi.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
CS: Patterson, C (2, 2nd base by Parisi, M/Federowicz).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Bianchi-Statia-Halton, Almonte-Statia-Halton).

 

Albuquerque AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Herrera, 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 .363
Oeltjen, CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .229
Fields, 3B 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 .315
Van Slyke, RF 3 1 1 1 1 0 4 .331
Baisley, 1B 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 .333
Sands, LF 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 .230
Federowicz, C 3 1 1 1 0 0 3 .299
Cruz, SS 4 1 2 4 0 1 0 .321
Parisi, M, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
St. Clair, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Ledezma, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Lindsay, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Rice, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 8 9 8 6 4 13 .293
BATTING
2B: Herrera 2 (9, Baker, B, Baker, B), Cruz (10, Baker, B).
HR: Cruz (3, 6th inning off Rivas, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Van Slyke; Federowicz; Fields; Herrera 4; Oeltjen; Baisley; Cruz 6.
RBI: Van Slyke (24), Sands 2 (19), Federowicz (16), Cruz 4 (18).
2-out RBI: Van Slyke; Cruz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baisley; St. Clair; Federowicz 2.
SF: Sands 2; Federowicz.
GIDP: Federowicz, Van Slyke.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Oeltjen (3, 2nd base off Rivas/Phillips).

FIELDING
DP: (Herrera-Cruz-Baisley).

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, B (L, 1-2) 4.1 5 4 4 4 2 0 6.65
Rivas 1.2 4 4 4 1 1 1 4.08
Lowe 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Totals 8.0 9 8 8 6 4 1 4.18

 

Albuquerque IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Parisi, M 2.0 4 2 2 2 1 0 2.61
St. Clair (W, 1-0) 4.0 4 1 1 0 2 0 3.31
Ledezma 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 8.03
Lindsay 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2.25
Rice, S 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4.40
Totals 9.0 9 3 3 5 9 0 4.82



Rivas pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP: Baker, B, Lowe, Ledezma, Lindsay 2.
IBB: Baisley (by Lowe).
Pitches-strikes: Baker, B 87-53, Rivas 31-19, Lowe 25-13, Parisi, M 48-29, St. Clair 62-40, Ledezma 20-14, Lindsay 22-9, Rice, S 18-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, B 6-3, Rivas 2-0, Lowe 4-1, Parisi, M 2-2, St. Clair 4-3, Ledezma 1-0, Lindsay 0-0, Rice, S 1-0.
Batters faced: Baker, B 21, Rivas 9, Lowe 7, Parisi, M 11, St. Clair 15, Ledezma 5, Lindsay 5, Rice, S 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Rivas 2-0, Lowe 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Tripp Gibson III. 1B: Stu Scheurwater. 3B: Mark Ripperger.
Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 32 mph, R to L.
T: 3:13.
Att: 10,126.


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