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Corey Patterson Homers, Sean Halton Drives In Two For Nashville In Losing Effort
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds dropped their second straight game to the Round Rock Express, falling 8-5 on Wednesday evening at Greer Stadium.
With the defeat, the Sounds (42-55) suffered their first consecutive losses since late June.
All-Star outfielder Joey Butler paced the Express’ offensive attack with a 5-for-5 night that included an RBI and three runs scored. It marked the first five-hit effort by an opponent against Nashville this season.First baseman Sean Halton went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to highlight four two-hit efforts by Sounds batters on the night.
Round Rock opened the scoring with a three-run second inning against Sounds starter Seth McClung, who suffered his Pacific Coast League-leading 12th loss of the year.
Former Sound Brad Nelson led off with a double to right and, after Ryan Spilborghs was hit by a pitch, scored the night’s first run on Butler’s RBI two-bagger into the right field corner. Luis Hernandez made it 2-0 when he plated Spilborghs with a sacrifice fly before Butler scored the third Express run on Elio Sarmiento’s RBI single to center.
The Sounds got a run back in the bottom of the second. After loading the bases with one out against Round Rock starter Chad Bell on three consecutive singles, catcher Jason Jaramillo lifted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Halton to make it a 3-1 contest. Nashville was unable to do any further damage, though, as Bell induced an inning-ending groundout from Edwin Maysonet.
Nashville pulled in front, 4-3, with a three-run outburst against Bell in the third. Halton tied the game with a two-out, two-run double down the left field line that brought in Eric Farris (single) and Andy Gonzalez (walk). For the third straight night, Taylor Green (2-for-4) gave the Sounds their first lead of the contest when he followed with a broken-bat RBI single to shallow right.
Round Rock reclaimed a 6-4 lead in the fourth, chasing McClung from the contest in the process. After the right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Spilborghs, Butler (3-for-3) and Yangervis Solarte followed with back-to-back singles, the second of which knotted the game at 4-4. Later in the frame, Butler put the Express back on top when he raced plateward on Julio Borbon’s bases-loaded infield single. McClung followed by issuing a walk to his final batter, Greg Miclat, to up the visitors’ lead to 6-4.
McClung (2-12) allowed six runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings of action, walking four batters and striking out three.
The Express added single runs in the fifth and sixth against Wooten on a two-out Hernandez RBI double and a Kata run-scoring single to extend the advantage to 8-4.
Corey Patterson belted his eighth home run of the year, a mammoth one-out solo shot to right off Bell, to pull the Sounds within three at 8-5. The red-hot veteran went 2-for-4 on the night and is hitting .391 (36-for-92) over his last 29 contests.
Bell (3-2) picked up the victory for Round Rock after allowing five runs on nine hits in seven innings of work.
Johan Yan and Yoshinori Tateyama closed out the contest with a pair of perfect innings for Round Rock, with Tateyama picking up his second save of the year.
The teams will wrap up the four-game set with a 7:05pm finale on Thursday evening. Right-hander Claudio Vargas (3-1, 4.94) will toe the rubber for the Sounds to face Round Rock right-hander Justin Grimm (0-0, 2.25).
The first 2,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a bobblehead of Oak Ridge Boy bass singer Richard Sterban, a former Sounds minority owner and one of the team’s official ambassadors.
Round Rock Express (41-56) 8, Nashville Sounds (42-55) 5
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