Nashville Sounds Baseball
Tucson, AZ – The Nashville Sounds lost to the Tucson Padres by a score of 6-2 on Saturday evening in the third game of a four-game series at Kino Stadium.
The Sounds are just 5-16 when playing away from Greer Stadium this season, and have been held to two runs or less in 13 of their 21 road games.
Both runs came courtesy of solo homers in the first two innings by outfielders Logan Schafer and Corey Patterson
Batting third in the Sounds lineup for the first in 2012, Schafer gave the Sounds a 1-0 advantage in the opening frame with a solo homer to right center. The long ball was Schafer’s team-leading fifth homer of the year.
Patterson scored Nashville’s other run in the next inning with his second blast of the season, a leadoff, solo shot to right center. The Sounds threatened to do more damage with three more hits in the frame, but had baserunners thrown out at third and home before starting pitcher Mike Fiers struck out to end the rally.
Matt Clark cut the lead in half with one swing to leadoff the second. On the first pitch from Fiers, Clark crushed his sixth homer of the season to right. The run allowed by Fiers snapped a scoreless streak of 11 consecutive innings, leading back to the 5th inning on May 8th vs. Colorado Springs (most by a Nashville starting pitcher in 2012).
Tucson later knotted the game at 2-2 in the same inning with a Yasmani Grandal double and RBI single from Beemer Weems.
The Padres batted around on only two hits while taking a 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth after a crazy series of events. With runners moving from first and second and one out, Fiers’ 3-2 pitch to Logan Forsythe was gunned to third by catcher Martin Maldonado for an inning-ending, strike-them-out-throw-them-out double play. However, the borderline pitch was ruled a ball, which caused Nashville pitching coach Fred Dabney to argue and get ejected.
Fiers moved to 1-3 after being touched for five runs on five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old fanned five in 94 pitches, 60 for strikes.
Garate allowed both inherited runners to score while also giving up an unearned run in 2/3 of an inning. Henderson added 1 2/3 scoreless innings to extend his PCL-leading scoreless streak to 20 1/3 innings over 12 outings to open the season. Robert Wooten ended the game with a perfect ninth.
Jorge Reyes (3-5) surrendered two runs (both homers) on eight hits while striking out five in seven innings of work.
The Sounds and Padres will wrap up their series with a 9:05pm CT finale at Kino Stadium on Sunday evening. In a battle of winless pitchers, Sounds right-hander Seth McClung (0-4, 6.25) will take the mound against Tucson southpaw Tom Layne (0-3, 8.05).
Tucson Padres (14-28) 6, Nashville Sounds (15-26) 2
May 19th, 2012
|Patterson, C, RF||4||1||2||1||0||2||3||.225|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.314|
|Brown, J, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.245|
2B: Maldonado (5, Reyes, J), Halton (10, Reyes, J).
HR: Schafer (5, 1st inning off Reyes, J, 0 on, 2 out), Patterson, C (2, 2nd inning off Reyes, J, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Farris; Maldonado 2; Schafer 4; Halton 3; Patterson, C 5; Gonzalez, A; Statia.
RBI: Schafer (12), Patterson, C (9).
2-out RBI: Schafer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fiers; Maldonado; Gonzalez, A; Patterson, C.
GIDP: Gonzalez, A.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (13, 2nd base off Spence/Grandal).
|Clark, M, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||2||2||.260|
|Reyes, J, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a-Lined out for Spence in the 8th.|
2B: Grandal (5, Fiers).
HR: Clark, M (6, 2nd inning off Fiers, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Carroll; Clark, M 4; Weems 2; Robertson; Roof 2; Grandal 2.
RBI: Clark, M (21), Weems (8), Gyorko (1), Grandal (14), Carroll (20).
2-out RBI: Grandal; Carroll.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Robertson; Weems 2; Clark, M 2.
SAC: Reyes, J 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Robertson (6, 3rd base off Henderson/Maldonado), Forsythe (1, 2nd base off Henderson/Maldonado).
|Fiers (L, 1-3)||4.2||5||5||5||2||5||1||4.13|
|Reyes, J (W, 3-5)||7.0||8||2||2||1||5||2||4.61|
HBP: Clark, M (by Garate).
Pitches-strikes: Fiers 94-60, Garate 19-8, Henderson 34-20, Wooten 16-10, Reyes, J 98-67, Spence 20-11, Ray 11-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Fiers 3-5, Garate 1-0, Henderson 1-0, Wooten 1-0, Reyes, J 5-2, Spence 1-0, Ray 2-0.
Batters faced: Fiers 21, Garate 6, Henderson 8, Wooten 3, Reyes, J 27, Spence 5, Ray 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Garate 2-2, Henderson 1-1.
Ejections: Nashville Sounds Pitching Coach Fred Dabney ejected by HP umpire Angel Campos (5th)
Umpires: HP: Angel Campos. 1B: Eric Loveless. 2B: Matt Schaufert. 3B: Scott Mahoney.
Weather: 90 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to RF.