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Nashville Sounds beat Oklahoma City RedHawks in the bottom of the ninth on Andy Gonzalez Homer

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Third baseman Andy Gonzalez led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run to power the Nashville Sounds to a 3-2 walkoff victory over Oklahoma City RedHawks on Wednesday evening at Greer Stadium.

Gonzalez’s blast, his sixth of the year, came on a 3-2 offering from RedHawks right-hander Adalberto Flores and gave Nashville (29-44) its 11th last at-bat victory of the year.

Nashville Sounds players congradulate Andy Gonzalez on his game winner home run. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds players congradulate Andy Gonzalez on his game winner home run. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

The walkoff blast made a winner out of Vinnie Chulk (3-0), who worked a scoreless top of the ninth for the Sounds. Flores (4-1) took the loss for Oklahoma City.

Nashville starting pitcher Seth McClung took a hard-luck no-decision after allowing only two hits over his six innings of work during his team co-leading fifth quality start of the year. The right-hander helped his own cause with an RBI double in the contest.

Sounds right fielder Jay Gibbons broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth when he slugged his fourth home run in his last eight games, a leadoff solo shot to right on a 2-0 offering from RedHawks starter Brian Bass.

The Sounds doubled the lead to 2-0 later in the frame when Eric Farris drew a two-out walk from Bass, stole his team-leading 19th base to advance to second, and scored on McClung’s opposite-field RBI double to left-center.

McClung was dominant in the early going, retiring 14 of his first 15 batters faced through five scoreless frames. The big right-hander ran into trouble in the sixth, however, as Oklahoma City rallied to knot the contest at 2-2.

RedHawks shortstop Angel Sanchez opened the frame and was drilled in the head by a McClung pitch, which shattered the infielder’s batting helmet. He stayed in the game initially before departing mid-inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Jordan Kreke.

Landon Powell drew a five-pitch walk from McClung to put a pair of runners on base for Bass, who attempted to sacrifice. As the RedHawks hurler squared to bunt, McClung’s first offering was up and in and struck Bass’ hand while on the bat, which was ruled a foul ball by the home plate umpire. Following a lengthy argument at the plate by Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco, the skipper was ejected from the game, along with Bass and strength coach Gary McCoy.

After pinch-hitter Jake Goebbert, who replaced Bass, struck out, J.B. Shuck ripped a game-tying, two-run triple to the wall in right-center.

McClung escaped further damage and left Shuck standing at third by inducing a pair of grounders to end the inning.

Nashville missed an opportunity to reclaim the lead in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs against the Oklahoma City bullpen before pinch-hitter Jeff Bianchi lined out softly against Juan Abreu to end the threat.

Shortstop Cesar Izturis went 0-for-3 in his fourth rehab contest for Nashville and is just 1-for-12 in his time with the Sounds. First baseman Travis Ishikawa also played his fourth rehab game and went 1-for-3 with a double; he is 3-for-11 in his four contests with Nashville.

The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm matchup on Thursday evening. Right-hander Marco Estrada (0-0, 0.00) will make his second rehabilitation start for Nashville as he recovers from a right quadriceps strain. Oklahoma City will send right-hander Armando Galarraga (1-0, 1.86) to the hill.

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (29-44) 3, Oklahoma City RedHawks (42-30) 2
June 20th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma City RedHawks 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 8 0


None out when winning run scored.



Okla. City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Shuck, RF 4 0 1 2 0 0 1 .283
Paredes, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .327
Wallace, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 .266
Hessman, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .288
Moore, S, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .317
Snyder, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .328
Sanchez, Ag, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .299
1-Kreke, PR-SS 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Powell, C 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .279
Bass, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
a-Goebbert, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .095
Ambriz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Abreu, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Barnes, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .354
Flores, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 2 4 2 2 9 10 .287
a-Struck out for Bass in the 6th. b-Singled for Abreu in the 8th.
1-Ran for Sanchez, Ag in the 6th.
BATTING
2B: Snyder (12, Hand).
3B: Shuck (3, McClung).
TB: Shuck 3; Moore, S; Snyder 2; Barnes.
RBI: Shuck 2 (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hessman; Powell.
GIDP: Snyder, Paredes.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
DP: (Sanchez, Ag-Paredes-Hessman).

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gindl, CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .226
Izturis, C, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .083
b-Bianchi, PH-SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .278
Ishikawa, 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .273
Halton, 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Brown, J, LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .284
Chulk, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Gibbons, RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .241
Jaramillo, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .308
Gonzalez, A, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .257
Farris, 2B 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 .247
McClung, P 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .118
Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
a-Schafer, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .295
McClendon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Patterson, C, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237
Totals 31 3 8 3 3 4 13 .254
a-Grounded into a forceout for Hand in the 7th. b-Lined out for Izturis, C in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Gibbons (4, Bass), McClung (1, Bass), Ishikawa (2, Ambriz).
HR: Gibbons (4, 5th inning off Bass, 0 on, 0 out), Gonzalez, A (6, 9th inning off Flores, A, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Farris; McClung 2; Ishikawa 2; Brown, J; Gibbons 6; Jaramillo; Gonzalez, A 4.
RBI: Gibbons (7), McClung (2), Gonzalez, A (25).
2-out RBI: McClung.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl; Gibbons; Bianchi 2.
GIDP: Gonzalez, A.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (19, 2nd base off Bass/Powell).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Ishikawa-Izturis, C-Ishikawa, Bianchi-Farris-Halton).

 

Okla. City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bass 5.0 3 2 2 2 2 1 4.39
Ambriz 1.1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Abreu 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 7.55
Flores, A (L, 4-1) 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.73
Totals 8.0 8 3 3 3 4 2 4.82
Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
McClung 6.0 2 2 2 2 6 0 4.60
Hand 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.48
McClendon 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.55
Chulk (W, 3-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.75
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 2 9 0 4.68



Flores, A pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

HBP: Sanchez, Ag (by McClung).
Pitches-strikes: Bass 69-35, Ambriz 31-19, Abreu 15-10, Flores, A 17-11, McClung 100-59, Hand 11-9, McClendon 4-4, Chulk 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Bass 9-0, Ambriz 1-0, Abreu 1-0, Flores, A 2-0, McClung 6-0, Hand 0-2, McClendon 1-1, Chulk 0-1.
Batters faced: Bass 19, Ambriz 7, Abreu 3, Flores, A 5, McClung 22, Hand 4, McClendon 3, Chulk 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Abreu 2-0.
Ejections: Oklahoma City RedHawks Manager Tony DeFrancesco ejected by 3B umpire Shaun Francis (6th); Oklahoma City RedHawks pitcher Brian Bass ejected by 3B umpire Shaun Francis (6th)
Umpires: HP: Jason Arends. 1B: Joel Hospodka. 3B: Shaun Francis.
Weather: 89 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
T: 2:46.
Att: 3,001.


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