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Nashville Sounds extend winning streak to four with 7-3 defeat of the Round Rock Express

 

Rogers Earns 1st Triple-A Win, Conrad Homers For 4th Straight Game For Nashville

Nashville SoundsNashville, 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.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

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.

Nashville stretched its lead to 6-2 in the home half of the sixth. After Corey Patterson was hit by a Reynolds pitch to open the frame, Caleb Gindl, Eric Farris, and Maldonado recorded three consecutive singles, the third of which by the Nashville backstop brought in Patterson and chased Reynolds from the contest. Left-hander John Gaub came on and struck out Schafer for the second out before uncorking a wild pitch to allow Gindl to race home with the second run of the frame.

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).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (20-28) 7, Round Rock Express (21-29) 3
May 26th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 10 0
Nashville Sounds 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 x 7 11 0



Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Borbon, CF 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 .302
Hernandez, L, SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 3 .230
Solarte, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 6 .293
Spilborghs, LF 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .372
Nelson, B, DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .277
Butler, Jy, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .297
Bianucci, 1B 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 .265
Brown, D, C 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 .276
Mendonca, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 2 6 .228
Reynolds, G, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Gaub, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hamburger, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 3 10 3 5 4 20 .276
BATTING
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).

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 5 .266
Bianchi, SS 5 1 2 0 0 3 3 .343
Conrad, DH 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .405
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
Gindl, RF 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 .197
Farris, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .264
Maldonado, C 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 .203
Rogers, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Wooten, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Baker, B, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 7 11 5 4 8 15 .253
BATTING
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.
GIDP: Schafer.
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).

 

Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Reynolds, G (L, 3-4) 5.1 8 6 6 2 4 2 4.67
Gaub 1.1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Hamburger 1.1 3 1 1 1 1 0 8.24
Totals 8.0 11 7 7 4 8 2 5.15

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rogers (W, 1-2) 6.0 6 2 2 5 3 2 4.93
Wooten 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.00
Baker, B 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 7.39
Totals 9.0 10 3 3 5 4 2 4.56

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.
T: 2:59.
Att: 8,111.


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