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Nashville Sounds shutout Round Rock Express 2-0 to take Series

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Nashville SoundsRound Rock, TX – The Nashville Sounds blanked the Round Round Express, 2-0, on Friday night at The Dell Diamond in the finale of a three-game series. The shutout was Nashville’s PCL-leading eighth of the season and second in three games over the Express.

With the win, Nashville (33-49) picked up only their second winning series on the road this season and finished 3-4 overall on the seven-game road trip through Albuquerque and Round Rock.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)
Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville starter Brian Baker (2-3) authored his best pitching performance of the season to pick up the win. The 29-year-old threw six scoreless innings on six hits and no walks while striking out six. Baker is record a 0.79 ERA (1er/11.1ip) in his last three outings (two starts).

Relievers Johnnie Lowe, Mike McClendon, and Jim Henderson followed with scoreless frames to collect the combination shutout.

First baseman Sean Halton accounted for two of Nashville’s five hits and also scored a run. Second baseman Eric Farris went 0-for-3 to snap a nine-game hitting streak, which matches his best effort of the year.

The game remained scoreless until the Sounds scored their first run in the visiting half of the fifth inning. After one-out base hits from Halton and outfielder Corey Patterson, shortstop Edwin Maysonet hit a fly ball to right field to score Halton on a sacrifice fly.

Nashville scored their other run in the seventh as Round Rock committed two costly fielding errors. Oufielder Jay Gibbons reached on a fielder’s choice and was followed by another hit from Halton. Patterson then loaded the bases after reaching on a fielding error by the pitcher.

On the ensuing at-bat against reliever Johan Yan, Maysonet grounded to shortstop Luis Hernandez, who made the second fielding gaff of the frame to allow Gibbons to score.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, Henderson struck out Round Rock’s Michael Bianucci to end the game and pick up his seventh save.

Former Sound Zach Jackson took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Sounds travel home to welcome the division-rival Iowa Cubs (AAA-Cubs) to Music City for a four game series for the first time this season. Nashville right-hander Seth McClung (1-9, 5.19) will toe the rubber against Iowa southpaw Brooks Raley (4-2, 4.14).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (33-49) 2, Round Rock Express (37-45) 0
June 29th, 2012

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





Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .294
Bianchi, DH 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .297
Jaramillo, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Gonzalez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .257
Gibbons, RF 4 1 0 0 0 2 1 .211
Halton, 1B 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .277
Patterson, C, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .255
Maysonet, SS 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 .202
Farris, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .264
Baker, B, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Lowe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
McClendon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Henderson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Totals 31 2 5 2 2 2 16 .257
BATTING
TB: Schafer; Halton 2; Patterson, C; Gonzalez, A.
RBI: Maysonet 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez, A; Schafer 2.
SF: Maysonet.
GIDP: Patterson, C, Farris.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Jaramillo (2, 2nd base off Jackson, Z/Martinez, L).
CS: Schafer (5, 2nd base by Jackson, Z/Martinez, L).
PO: Schafer (1st base by Jackson, Z).

FIELDING
E: Patterson, C (1, fielding), Gonzalez, A (4, fielding), Baker, B (4, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Baker, B-Maysonet-Halton, Maysonet-Halton).
Pickoffs: Jaramillo (Solarte at 1st base).

 

 

Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Borbon, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .293
Hernandez, L, SS 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 .243
Spilborghs, LF 3 0 2 0 0 1 1 .314
Nelson, B, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .283
Butler, Jy, RF 3 0 0 0 1 3 0 .282
Bianucci, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .279
Kata, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .290
Solarte, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Martinez, L, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .245
Jackson, Z, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Yan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Snyder, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 30 0 7 0 2 8 9 .274
BATTING
2B: Spilborghs (13, Baker, B).
TB: Kata; Hernandez, L 4; Spilborghs 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Spilborghs; Nelson, B; Bianucci.
SAC: Spilborghs.
GIDP: Nelson, B, Borbon.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
CS: Hernandez, L (3, 2nd base by Baker, B/Jaramillo).
PO: Solarte (1st base by Jaramillo).

FIELDING
E: Kata (10, fielding), Jackson, Z (2, missed catch), Hernandez, L (6, fielding).
DP: 2 (Solarte-Hernandez, L-Bianucci, Kata-Solarte-Bianucci).
Pickoffs: Jackson, Z (Schafer at 1st base).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, B (W, 2-3) 6.0 6 0 0 0 4 0 5.33
Lowe (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.77
McClendon (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4.26
Henderson (S, 7) 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.88
Totals 9.0 7 0 0 2 8 0 4.67

 

Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, Z (L, 3-9) 6.1 5 2 1 2 2 0 4.84
Yan 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.54
Snyder 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.40
Totals 9.0 5 2 1 2 2 0 4.81



Pitches-strikes: Baker, B 81-59, Lowe 13-10, McClendon 16-9, Henderson 23-17, Jackson, Z 104-65, Yan 20-15, Snyder 10-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, B 6-6, Lowe 0-0, McClendon 1-0, Henderson 1-0, Jackson, Z 11-4, Yan 4-0, Snyder 2-0.
Batters faced: Baker, B 22, Lowe 3, McClendon 3, Henderson 5, Jackson, Z 25, Yan 6, Snyder 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Yan 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Clint Fagan. 1B: Cory Blaser. 2B: Nick Bailey. 3B: Brett Robson.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:50.
Att: 9,186.

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