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Nashville Sounds drop Home Opener to Omaha Storm Chasers 4-2

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds fell to the division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers, 4-2, in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday night at Greer Stadium. The loss was Nashville’s (26-42) fourteenth two-run defeat of the season.

Omaha starting pitcher Ryan Verdugo (5-1) allowed two runs on five hits in six innings of work. Louis Coleman converted his second save of the season.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Outfielder Logan Schafer (0-for-4) and first baseman Sean Halton (0-for-3) each went hitless to end their respective nine-game hit streaks. Six other Sounds each accounted for the team’s six hits.

Omaha plated an unearned run in the top of the first inning off starter Seth McClung. Irving Falu reached on an infield throwing error, moved to third on a Johnny Giavotella double, and scored as Royals top prospect Wil Myers ground out to second base.

The Storm Chasers added two more runs in the next inning for a 3-0 advantage, thanks to doubles from Max Ramirez and Falu. On the next pitch during the Giavotella at-bat, Derrick Robinson scored on a passed ball that got away from catcher Jason Jaramillo.

Nashville trimmed the lead to 3-1 in the next frame after a walk by first baseman Sean Halton and hits from Jaramillo and outfielder Jordan Brown. Outfielder Corey Patterson then hit a deep ball to the wall for a sacrifice fly, scoring Halton from third.

Third baseman Andy Gonzalez crushed a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to pull the Sounds within one run at 3-2. The homer was his fourth of the season. Brown nearly tied the game during the next at-bat by missing a solo homer by a couple of feet.

Myers pushed the lead back to 4-2 with opposite-field solo homer that landed inside the right field foul pole. The homer was the prospect’s 10th of the year.

After three early runs, McClung (1-8) calmed down to last seven innings but took the loss. The 31-year-old gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks.

Reliever Robert Wooten threw two scoreless innings while fanning three to end the game for the Sounds.

The Sounds and division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers continue their series at 7:05pm CT on Friday night. Sounds right-hander Mark Rogers (2-4, 5.87) takes the mound against Omaha southpaw Everett Teaford (3-0, 1.64).

Box Score

Omaha Storm Chasers (43-25) 4, Nashville Sounds (26-42) 2
June 14th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Storm Chasers 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 7 0
Nashville Sounds 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1



Omaha AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Falu, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .357
Giavotella, 2B 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .328
Myers, CF 5 1 1 2 0 1 4 .321
Perez, S, C 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 .371
Abreu, T, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .316
Lough, RF 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .273
Seratelli, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .294
Ramirez, M, DH 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .293
Robinson, D, LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .299
Verdugo, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Sisk, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Coleman, L, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 4 7 3 5 4 15 .290
BATTING
2B: Giavotella (9, McClung), Ramirez, M (9, McClung), Falu (6, McClung).
HR: Myers (10, 7th inning off McClung, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Falu 2; Robinson, D 2; Seratelli; Giavotella 2; Myers 4; Ramirez, M 2.
RBI: Myers 2 (30), Robinson, D (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Seratelli 2; Perez, S 2; Robinson, D.
SAC: Falu.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Giavotella-Abreu, T-Seratelli 2).
Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gindl, RF 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 .236
Bianchi, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .274
Schafer, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .292
Halton, 1B 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .275
Gonzalez, A, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 .270
Brown, J, DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .287
Jaramillo, C 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 .300
Patterson, C, LF 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .239
Farris, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .243
McClung, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .067
Wooten, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 2 6 2 7 5 17 .253
BATTING
HR: Gonzalez, A (4, 6th inning off Verdugo, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jaramillo; Patterson, C; Gonzalez, A 4; Gindl; Brown, J; Bianchi.
RBI: Patterson, C (18), Gonzalez, A (21).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Farris.
SF: Patterson, C.
GIDP: Schafer, Farris.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: McClung (3, missed catch).
PB: Jaramillo (3).

 

Omaha IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Verdugo (W, 5-1) 6.0 5 2 2 4 4 1 3.27
Sisk (H, 3) 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 3.90
Coleman, L (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.61
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 7 5 1 3.93
Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
McClung (L, 1-8) 7.0 6 4 2 4 1 1 4.75
Wooten 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 3.94
Totals 9.0 7 4 2 5 4 1 4.67



Pitches-strikes: Verdugo 98-60, Sisk 31-19, Coleman, L 15-10, McClung 110-65, Wooten 30-22.
Groundouts-flyouts: Verdugo 5-3, Sisk 1-2, Coleman, L 1-2, McClung 11-6, Wooten 2-1.
Batters faced: Verdugo 25, Sisk 8, Coleman, L 4, McClung 32, Wooten 8.
Umpires: HP: Brian Hertzog. 1B: Barry Larson. 3B: Kellen Levy.
Weather: 86 degrees, clear.
Wind: 5 mph, L to R.
T: 2:44.
Att: 6,878.


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