Rogers Earns 1st Triple-A Win, Conrad Homers For 4th Straight Game For Nashville
Nashville, TN – Brooks Conrad homered and drove in three runs and Mark Rogers hurled a quality start to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 7-3 triumph over the Round Rock Express on Saturday evening in front of 8,111 fans at Greer Stadium.
Nashville (20-28) earned its fourth consecutive victory, matching the club’s longest winning streak of the season.
Rogers (1-2) tossed a quality start to earn his first Triple-A victory in his 14th career start at this level for the Sounds. The right-hander held the Express to two runs on six hits over six innings of work, walking five batters and striking out three during his 97-pitch effort.
Conrad continued his incredible groove for Nashville, putting the home team on the board with an opposite-field, two-run homer to left-center off Round Rock starter Greg Reynolds. The roundtripper, which also plated Jeff Bianchi (single), was Conrad’s eighth big fly in his last nine games and extended the veteran’s hitting streak to 16 games. Conrad has also recorded an extra-base hit in each of his last 10 contests.
Jordan Brown followed Conrad’s blast with his second homer of the year, a solo blast to right that upped the Nashville lead to 3-0. It marked the club’s first set of consecutive longballs this season.
Left fielder Ryan Spilborghs put the visitors on the board when he led off the fourth inning with his second homer of the series, a solo shot off the left field foul pole. The blast off Rogers was the outfielder’s fourth of the season.
Conrad drove in his third run of the night in the fifth when his bases-loaded fielder’s choice plated Martin Maldonado from third to make it a 4-1 contest. The Sounds had loaded the bags with one out on a Maldonado walk followed by singles from Logan Schafer and Bianchi, who went 2-for-5 in his return from the disabled list, but managed only the one run in the inning as Brown flew out to end the frame.
Former Sound Brad Nelson pulled Round Rock back within a pair of runs at 4-2 when he led off the sixth inning with a solo homer to dead center that Schafer almost pulled back over the wall with a leaping stab. The roundtripper was Nelson’s fourth of the year.
Sounds third baseman Andy Gonzalez singled in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend his season-best hitting streak to nine games. Brown was thrown out at the plate on the knock, however, as he attempted to score from second.
Nashville added its final tally in the eighth, loading the bases against Express reliever Mark Hamburger but netting only one run when Gindl scored on Schafer’s double play groundout to up the lead to 7-2.
Round Rock closed out the evening’s scoring with a run in the top of the ninth against Brian Baker, who made his first appearance for the Sounds since May 12th. Michael Bianucci led off with a double to left field and came around to score on a one-out single by Tommy Mendonca.
The teams continue the series on Sunday afternoon with a 2:05pm matinee. Right-hander Wily Peralta (1-5, 5.63) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Round Rock southpaw Michael Kirkman (3-1, 6.25).
Nashville Sounds (20-28) 7, Round Rock Express (21-29) 3
May 26th, 2012
|Round Rock Express||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||3||10||0|
|Hernandez, L, SS||5||0||2||0||0||0||3||.230|
|Nelson, B, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.277|
|Butler, Jy, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.297|
|Brown, D, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.276|
|Reynolds, G, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Borbon (8, Rogers), Bianucci (5, Baker, B).
HR: Spilborghs (4, 4th inning off Rogers, 0 on, 0 out), Nelson, B (4, 6th inning off Rogers, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Nelson, B 4; Hernandez, L 2; Bianucci 2; Mendonca; Borbon 4; Spilborghs 4; Butler, Jy.
RBI: Spilborghs (18), Nelson, B (19), Mendonca (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mendonca 4; Spilborghs; Solarte.
GIDP: Solarte 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Borbon (10, 2nd base off Rogers/Maldonado).
PO: Borbon (2nd base by Maldonado).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Spilborghs (Brown, J at home).
DP: (Solarte-Hernandez, L-Bianucci).
|Brown, J, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||2||.261|
|Patterson, C, LF||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.327|
|Baker, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Farris (4, Hamburger).
HR: Conrad (10, 1st inning off Reynolds, G, 1 on, 1 out), Brown, J (2, 1st inning off Reynolds, G, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Farris 3; Maldonado; Brown, J 4; Bianchi 2; Conrad 4; Schafer; Gonzalez, A; Gindl 2.
RBI: Conrad 3 (28), Brown, J (9), Maldonado (13).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brown, J; Bianchi 3.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Brown, J (1, 2nd base off Gaub/Brown, D).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Brown, J-Bianchi-Brown, J, Farris-Bianchi-Brown, J).
Pickoffs: Maldonado (Borbon at 2nd base).
|Reynolds, G (L, 3-4)||5.1||8||6||6||2||4||2||4.67|
|Rogers (W, 1-2)||6.0||6||2||2||5||3||2||4.93|
WP: Gaub, Rogers.
HBP: Patterson, C (by Reynolds, G).
Pitches-strikes: Reynolds, G 87-56, Gaub 21-12, Hamburger 26-17, Rogers 97-53, Wooten 23-15, Baker, B 22-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Reynolds, G 5-5, Gaub 0-0, Hamburger 1-0, Rogers 7-5, Wooten 3-0, Baker, B 1-2.
Batters faced: Reynolds, G 27, Gaub 5, Hamburger 6, Rogers 27, Wooten 6, Baker, B 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Gaub 3-1, Hamburger 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Mark Ripperger. 1B: Tripp Gibson III. 3B: Stu Scheurwater.
Weather: 94 degrees, clear.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.