Nashville Records Second Straight Last At-Bat Win
Nashville, TN – Corey Patterson’s two-out drag bunt single plated Eric Farris with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and gave the Nashville Sounds a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium.
Nashville (11-22) recorded its second straight last at-bat win and sixth overall last at-bat triumph of the year.
After the Sounds blew a 3-2 lead in the top of the frame, Farris got things started in the home half of the ninth with a one-out single to center off Sky Sox reliever Edgmer Escalona then promptly stole second, his team-leading ninth theft of the year in 11 attempts.
After Martin Maldonado advanced Farris to third with a groundout, Patterson stepped into the batter’s box and laid down a perfectly-executed bunt to the right of the mound on the first offering he saw from the right-hander, netting the game-winner in walkoff fashion.
Colorado Springs third baseman Brendan Harris put the visitors on the board with a two-out solo homer off Sounds starter Mark Rogers in the top of the first inning. The blast to left was the infielder’s second big fly of the year.
The Sounds tied the contest at 1-1 in the home half of the first when Logan Schafer led off with a single against Sky Sox starter Rob Scahill and later scored on Sean Halton’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
Farris kept the game deadlocked in the top of the third when his diving, over-the-shoulder catch of a two-out Brandon Wood blooper in shallow right field left the bags full of Sky Sox.
The Sounds pulled ahead, 2-1, in the fourth on their second sacrifice fly of the night. With runners on the corners and one out, Maldonado lifted a fly ball to right field that plated Halton from third just before Farris was doubled off first as the Sky Sox completed a rare sacrifice fly double play.
Colorado Springs evened the game in the fifth against Rogers. Ex-Sound Hernan Iribarren drew a leadoff walk and stole second, moving to third on the play when Maldonado’s throw to second one-hopped the bag and caromed off shortstop Jeff Bianchi’s knee into right field. DJ LeMahieu followed with an RBI infield single.
With two outs, Outman threw a ball in the dirt which eluded catcher Wil Nieves, who recovered to make a throw back to the plate as Almonte raced home. However, Outman dropped the ball, allowing Almonte to score the go-ahead run for a 3-2 Nashville lead.
Colorado Springs evened the contest once again with an unearned run of their own in the top of the ninth against Sounds reliever Mike McClendon (2-2), who suffered a blown save but backed into the win following the late Sounds rally.
Pinch-hitter Matt McBride hit a high chopper to third base to open the frame and reached when Hainley Statia booted the ball, was sacrificed to second on a first-pitch bunt by Iribarren, and scored when LeMahieu followed with a first-pitch, game-tying RBI single to center.
Statia singled in the fourth inning to extend the Sounds’ longest active hitting streak to six games. The infielder has hit safely in nine of his last 10 contests.
The teams wrap up the series with a 7:05pm finale on Friday evening. Right-hander Wily Peralta (1-2, 3.55), the Brewers’ top prospect, takes the hill for the Sounds to face Colorado Springs right-hander Edgar Gonzalez (1-1, 4.91).
Nashville Sounds (11-22) 4, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (16-18) 3
May 10th, 2012
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||3||7||1|
Two out when winning run scored.
|Wood, Br, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.247|
|Tracy, C, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.221|
|a-Reached on error for Outman in the 9th.|
HR: Harris (2, 1st inning off Rogers, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Harris 4; Wood, Br; LeMahieu 3; Field; Tracy, C.
RBI: Harris (5), LeMahieu 2 (20).
2-out RBI: Harris.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wood, Br 2; Scahill.
GIDP: Nieves, Harris.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Iribarren (8, 2nd base off Rogers/Maldonado).
CS: LeMahieu (5, 2nd base by Rogers/Maldonado).
PO: Field (2nd base by Maldonado).
|Brown, J, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.250|
|a-Patterson, C, PH-LF||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.202|
|a-Grounded out for Rogers in the 5th. b-Singled for Lowe in the 8th.|
TB: Farris; Brown, J; Schafer; Patterson, C; Almonte; Statia.
RBI: Halton (15), Maldonado (8), Patterson, C (7).
2-out RBI: Patterson, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Statia; Schafer.
SAC: Bianchi 2; Rogers.
SF: Halton; Maldonado.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (9, 2nd base off Escalona/Nieves).
|Escalona (L, 2-1)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.70|
|McClendon (BS, 3)(W, 2-2)||1.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||5.40|
WP: Ring, Outman.
Pitches-strikes: Scahill 95-55, Dodson 9-6, Ring 6-5, Outman 14-7, Escalona 9-8, Rogers 91-46, Lowe 49-25, McClendon 7-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Scahill 7-4, Dodson 2-0, Ring 0-0, Outman 3-0, Escalona 2-0, Rogers 3-3, Lowe 5-1, McClendon 3-0.
Batters faced: Scahill 24, Dodson 2, Ring 2, Outman 4, Escalona 4, Rogers 23, Lowe 12, McClendon 4.
Umpires: HP: Stephen Barga. 1B: Jimmy Volpi. 3B: Michael Lusky.
Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, L to R.