Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds edged the Reno Aces, 6-5, in a six-inning, rain-shortened opener of a four-game series on Saturday evening at Greer Stadium.
At the conclusion of the top of the sixth inning, the game went into a rain delay and was officially halted approximately 45 minutes later at 9:03pm, making it an official game.The Sounds took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Reno starter Joe Martinez. Erick Almonte got things started with a one-out double off the left field wall. After Corey Patterson drew a walk, Andy Gonzalez (2-for-2) drilled a line-drive RBI two-bagger off the wall in left to plate the night’s first run. Patterson scored the second Nashville run when Paul Phillips followed with a sacrifice fly to right.
Nashville shortstop Jeff Bianchi doubled the home team’s advantage to 4-0 in the third with an opposite-field, two-run homer to right off Martinez that just cleared the wall. The longball, which also plated Eric Farris (single), was the first of the infielder’s Triple-A career.
The Sounds extended the lead to 6-0 later in the third with a pair of unearned runs stemming from a one-out fielding error on Aces first baseman Mike Jacobs. With two outs in the frame, Gonzalez ripped his second run-scoring double of the night for Nashville, a two-run two-bagger to left-center, plating Almonte and Patterson.
Reno rallied for five runs in the top of the fourth inning against Sounds starter Brian Baker to pull back within a run at 6-5. Adam Eaton and Jake Elmore opened with back-to-back singles before both scored on a Josh Bell double into the right-center gap. After Jacobs drew a walk from Baker to put two runners on, Ryan Wheeler belted a three-run homer to right. The outfielder’s fifth home run of the season reduced the Aces’ deficit to one run.
Left-hander Victor Garate (1-3) worked two hitless innings for the Sounds to pick up his first victory of the year. Baker allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings of work in his start.
Martinez (0-3) suffered the loss for Reno, working all five innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits.
The teams will continue the series with a 2:05pm contest on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Mike Fiers (0-2, 4.21) is slated to man the bump for the Sounds. He will be opposed by Reno right-hander Charles Brewer (1-2, 6.75).
Nashville Sounds (12-23) 6, Reno Aces (19-18) 5
May 12th, 2012
|Bell, J, 3B||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||.421|
|Wheeler, R, LF||3||1||2||3||0||1||0||.315|
2B: Bell, J (5, Baker, B).
HR: Wheeler, R (5, 4th inning off Baker, B, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Bell, J 2; Elmore; Ryal; Wheeler, R 5; Eaton 2.
RBI: Bell, J 2 (29), Wheeler, R 3 (29).
GIDP: Bell, J, Schmidt.
Team RISP: 2-for-2.FIELDING
E: Jacobs (1, fielding).
|Brown, J, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Patterson, C, LF||1||2||1||0||1||0||0||.213|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||2||0||2||3||0||0||0||.235|
|Baker, B, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a-Struck out for Baker, B in the 4th.|
2B: Almonte (2, Martinez), Gonzalez, A 2 (2, Martinez, Martinez).
HR: Bianchi (1, 3rd inning off Martinez, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Farris; Patterson, C; Almonte 2; Gonzalez, A 4; Bianchi 4.
RBI: Gonzalez, A 3 (3), Phillips (2), Bianchi 2 (5).
2-out RBI: Gonzalez, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baker, B; Phillips.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
Team LOB: 2.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Farris-Bianchi-Almonte, Bianchi-Farris-Almonte).
|Martinez (L, 0-3)||5.0||6||6||4||1||5||1||5.82|
|Garate (W, 1-3)||2.0||0||0||0||0||4||0||5.09|
Pitches-strikes: Martinez 86-52, Baker, B 54-33, Garate 24-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Martinez 8-3, Baker, B 5-2, Garate 2-0.
Batters faced: Martinez 23, Baker, B 17, Garate 6.
Umpires: HP: Clint Fagan. 1B: Jordan Baker. 3B: Mike Jarboe.
Weather: 65 degrees, drizzle.
Wind: 2 mph, L to R.
T: 1:39 (:49 delay).