Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville (20-33) has lost 10 of its 11 games against the RedHawks this season, including each of the last eight meetings between the teams.
The Sounds put runners on base in seven of the nine innings but were able to only plate one run on the night, finishing 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.Shortstop Jeff Bianchi continued his solid year with a 3-for-4 evening and is now hitting .345 in his 16 games with Nashville.
The teams exchanged runs during the first inning. Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the frame when Logan Schafer opened the contest with a single and later scored on a Sean Halton groundout. The RedHawks evened the score at 1-1 in the home half when J.B. Shuck drew a leadoff walk and came plateward on Fernando Martinez’s one-out triple to right.
Oklahoma City took a 4-1 lead with a three-run third against Sounds starter Mark Rogers. Scott Moore doubled with one out, moved to third on a groundout, and raced home to score the go-ahead run when Rogers uncorked a wild pitch. The Nashville right-hander then walked Mike Hessman before giving up a two-out, two-run homer to Brett Wallace. The RedHawks’ third baseman’s opposite-field shot was his ninth longball of the year and second in two nights against Sounds pitching.
RedHawks starter Wes Musick (1-1) twirled a quality start to earn his first victory of the year. The left-hander held the Sounds to one run on seven hits over six innings of work, striking out four batters.
Mickey Storey followed with two hitless innings of relief before Jose Valdez closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth to nail down his 11th save of the year.
Rogers (1-3) took the loss for the Sounds after giving up four runs on six hits in five frames, only the second time in nine starts in which he permitted more than three earned runs.
A pair of Sounds had nine-game hitting streaks snapped in the defeat. Second baseman Eric Farris went 0-for-4 and Jordan Brown struck out in his lone plate appearance after being a late-inning defensive replacement.
The teams wrap up the series with a 7:05 p.m. finale on Friday evening. Right-hander Wily Peralta (1-6, 6.52) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Oklahoma City right-hander Paul Clemens (5-4, 6.66).
Oklahoma City RedHawks (31-23) 4, Nashville Sounds (20-33) 1
May 31st, 2012
|Oklahoma City RedHawks||1||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||x||4||8||1|
|Patterson, C, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.240|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.264|
|Brown, J, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.279|
2B: Buller (2, Musick).
TB: Bianchi 3; Buller 2; Schafer; Halton 2; Gindl.
RBI: Halton (19).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Patterson, C; Rogers; Gonzalez, A; Schafer.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
CS: Bianchi (2, 2nd base by Musick/Powell).
PO: Bianchi (1st base by Musick).
|Moore, S, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Martinez, F, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.326|
|Sanchez, Ag, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.256|
|Valdez, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Flied out for Paredes in the 6th. b-Struck out for Musick in the 6th.|
2B: Moore, S (19, Rogers), Bixler (8, Chulk).
3B: Martinez, F (1, Rogers).
HR: Wallace (9, 3rd inning off Rogers, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Wallace 4; Bixler 2; Sanchez, Ag; Moore, S 3; Martinez, F 4; Powell.
RBI: Martinez, F (38), Wallace 2 (32).
2-out RBI: Wallace 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wallace 2; Sanchez, Ag.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Shuck (7, 2nd base off Rogers/Buller).
|Rogers (L, 1-3)||5.0||6||4||4||2||6||1||5.19|
|Musick (W, 1-1)||6.0||7||1||1||0||4||0||4.08|
|Storey (H, 4)||2.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.04|
|Valdez, J (S, 11)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.99|
Pitches-strikes: Rogers 96-57, McClendon 20-15, Chulk 18-10, Musick 85-60, Storey 20-14, Valdez, J 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rogers 5-2, McClendon 2-2, Chulk 2-1, Musick 8-4, Storey 3-3, Valdez, J 1-1.
Batters faced: Rogers 23, McClendon 7, Chulk 4, Musick 24, Storey 7, Valdez, J 4.
Umpires: HP: Quinn Walcott. 1B: Brian Sinclair. 3B: John Tumpane.
Weather: 76 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to LF.