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Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds split a doubleheader with the Reno Aces on Monday evening at Greer Stadium, winning the opener, 5-0, and dropping the twinbill nightcap, 5-1.
With the split, the Sounds moved to 1-3 in doubleheader action in 2012 and sport a 13-23 record, which moves the club ahead of Memphis into third place in the PCL American Northern Division.
In the opener, right-hander Mike Fiers tossed a three-hit, seven-inning shutout to lead the Sounds to a 5-0 victory over the Aces.Fiers (1-2) picked up his first victory of the season with the gem, which was his second career shutout. His first, a nine-inning three-hitter, came last August 31 for the Sounds at Iowa. The right-hander walked two batters, hit a pair of batters, and struck out four during his 96-pitch effort.
Logan Schafer and Eric Farris each recorded three hits and Martin Maldonado belted a homer to pace the Sounds’ 13-hit attack. Nashville finished 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the contest.
The Sounds squandered a no-outs, bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the first inning against Reno starter Charles Brewer. Schafer, Farris, and Jeff Bianchi started the frame with three consecutive singles to fill the bags against the right-hander. Brewer induced a comebacker from Jordan Brown and forced Schafer at the plate for the first out. Erick Almonte followed with a line drive to right, which was gloved by ex-Sound Cole Gillespie who then fired to the plate to nail Farris for the final out as he attempted to score on the play.
Nashville took a 3-0 lead in the third against Brewer. Fiers led off with a double into the left field corner and later scored on a bloop RBI single off the bat of Eric Farris, which fell just in front of the glove of a diving Adam Eaton in center field. Later in the frame, Brown and Almonte legged out back-to-back, two-out run-scoring doubles to increase the Sounds’ advantage to three.
Maldonado upped the lead to 4-0 in the fourth when he belted his third homer of the season, a one-out solo shot to left-center that careened off the guitar-shaped scoreboard. The blast snapped a 20 at-bat hitless stretch for the backstop.
Farris concluded the Sounds’ scoring in the sixth inning with a two-out RBI single that plated Schafer, who had singled with two outs, stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Brewer (1-3) took the loss after working all six innings of the opener for Reno, giving up five runs on 13 hits.
Nashville lost the twinbill finale, 5-1, to the Aces.
Reno struck first with three runs against starter Seth McClung in the opening frame of the nightcap. The bases were loaded with one out as Adam Eaton and Jake Elmore reached on singles, followed by a one-out walk from Mike Jacobs. David Winfree brought home the first run on a sacrifice fly while Taylor Harbin knocked a two-run triple in the ensuing at-bat.
The Aces pushed the score to 4-1 in the top of the fifth as Eaton doubled and scored on an Elmore single to right field.
David Winfree belted his first homer of the season to extend the Aces’ lead to 5-1 in the visiting half of the sixth. The solo shot was hammered over the wall in right center.
The Sounds got a run back in the next frame on Aces starter Taylor Sinclair, who made his Triple-A debut. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi reached on a run-down fielder’s choice, and scored on an RBI base hit from left fielder Erick Almonte.
Schafer, Bianchi, and Sean Halton recorded two hits apiece in the nightcap.
Sinclair surrendered one run on four hits and a walk on 2 2/3 innings for the Aces. Reliever Mike DeMark (302) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory.
McClung (0-4) remained winless on the year, giving up four runs on five hits on while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.
Juan Perez struck out his only two batters faced. Amaury Rivas allowed one run on one hit in 2/3 of an inning.
With a scoreless inning, Jim Henderson extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings over 10 appearances to open the season, the most innings of all PCL pitchers with a 0.00 ERA.
The teams will wrap up the four-game series with an 11:05am matinee on Tuesday morning at Greer Stadium, when thousands of area schoolchildren will pack the stands on Education Day as a reward for reaching their goals in the Nashville Sounds Reading Club program.
Right-hander Mark Rogers (0-2, 4.03) will start the contest for the Sounds and face Albuquerque southpaw Zach Kroenke (3-1, 5.23).
Box Score – Game 1
Nashville Sounds (13-23) 5, Reno Aces (19-19) 0
Box Score – Game 2
Reno Aces (20-19) 5, Nashville Sounds (13-24) 1
Pitches-strikes: Sinclair 44-28, DeMark 16-9, Lewis 14-12, Demel 21-11, Paterson 16-11, McClung 69-45, Perez, J 10-6, Rivas 11-8, Henderson 17-9.
TopicsAdam Eaton, Albuquerque Isotopes, Amaury Rivas, Charles Brewer, Cole Gillespie, David Winfree, Eric Farris, Erick Almonte, Greer Stadium, Iowa Cubs, Jake Elmore, Jeff Bianchi, Jim Henderson, Jordan Brown, Juan Perez, Logan Schafer, Mark Rogers, Martin Maldonado, Memphis Redbirds, Mike DeMark, Mike Fiers, Mike Jacobs, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, PCL American Northern Division, Reno Aces, Sean Holton, Seth Mcclung, Sounds, Taylor Harbin, Zach Kroenke
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