Nashville Sounds Baseball
Tucson, AZ – Starting pitcher Seth McClung threw seven shutout innings to guide the Nashville Sounds to a 2-1 victory over the Tucson Padres on Sunday night at Kino Stadium.
In his best pitching performance and third quality start of the season, the 31-year-old McClung (1-4) surrendered five hits while walking and striking out four in 104 pitches (62 strikes) for his first victory. Only two of McClung’s five hits allowed left the infield.The victory gave Nashville (16-26) a four-game series split with Tucson for the second consecutive season and moves the club into third place in the PCL American Northern Division.
Reliever Mike McClendon recorded the final six outs for his third save.
Outfielder Corey Patterson had two hits for the second straight game, while runs was driven in by shortstop Hainley Statia and first baseman Sean Halton.
The Sounds plated their first run in the second inning, but failed to do more damage while leaving the bases juiced as the frame ended. The rally started with consecutive one-out singles from third baseman Andy Gonzalez and right-fielder Jordan Brown. Statia then smashed a ground-rule RBI double to left field to score Gonzalez and hold Patterson at third base.
After pitching around catcher Paul Phillips to load the bases, starting pitcher Tom Layne then struck out McClung and induced an inning-ending groundout.
Nashville tacked on their other run in the visiting half of the fourth for a 2-0 lead. With two outs, centerfielder Logan Schafer was hit by a Layne fast ball, followed by second baseman Eric Farris working a five-pitch walk. Halton then added to his team-leading RBI total with a run-scoring rope to left field to score Schafer.
The Padres plated their only run with two outs in the ninth inning. Brad Davis worked a two-out walk, took second on defensive indifference, and scored on a Yasmani Grandal RBI base hit. McClendon then got Daniel Robertson to pop out to Farris to end the game.
Layne (0-4) stayed winless after giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings.
The Sounds continue their eight-game road swing with a four-game series with the Las Vegas 51s (AAA-Blue Jays) at Cashman Field. Nashville right-hander Mark Rogers (0-2, 4.28) searches for his first Triple-A victory in the opener against Las Vegas righty Scott Richmond (3-3, 6.17).
Nashville Sounds (16-26) 2, Tucson Padres (14-29) 1
May 20th, 2012
|Brown, J, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.226|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.316|
|Patterson, C, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.235|
2B: Statia (5, Layne, T).
TB: Halton; Patterson, C 2; Gonzalez, A; Phillips; Statia 2.
RBI: Statia (9), Halton (16).
2-out RBI: Halton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schafer 2; Brown, J; McClung.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
CS: Patterson, C (3, 2nd base by Burns/Davis, B).
|Clark, M, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.261|
|Davis, B, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.115|
|Layne, T, P||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||.444|
|a-Walked for Vincent in the 7th. b-Singled for Burns in the 9th.|
TB: Clark, M; Contreras 2; Layne, T 2; Grandal.
RBI: Grandal (15).
2-out RBI: Grandal.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Clark, M; Robertson 2.
GIDP: Robertson, Carroll.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Forsythe (2, 2nd base off McClung/Phillips).
|McClung (W, 1-4)||7.0||5||0||0||4||4||0||5.12|
|McClendon (S, 3)||2.0||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.42|
|Layne, T (L, 0-4)||5.1||4||2||2||3||6||0||7.42|
HBP: Schafer (by Layne, T).
Pitches-strikes: McClung 104-62, McClendon 37-24, Layne, T 88-54, Bay 12-8, Vincent 12-8, Burns 30-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: McClung 6-6, McClendon 5-1, Layne, T 6-1, Bay 2-0, Vincent 1-1, Burns 2-1.
Batters faced: McClung 28, McClendon 9, Layne, T 24, Bay 3, Vincent 3, Burns 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Bay 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Eric Loveless. 1B: Matt Schaufert. 2B: Scott Mahoney. 3B: Angel Campos.
Weather: 95 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to RF.