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
July 18th, 2012
|Round Rock Express||0||3||0||3||1||1||0||0||0||8||12||0|
|Nelson, B, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||2||4||.275|
|Butler, Jy, RF||5||3||5||1||0||0||0||.290|
|Hernandez, L, 2B||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.233|
2B: Nelson, B (23, McClung), Butler, Jy (23, McClung), Hernandez, L (12, Wooten), Miclat (9, Wooten).
TB: Sarmiento; Nelson, B 2; Kata; Hernandez, L 2; Solarte; Miclat 2; Borbon; Butler, Jy 6.
RBI: Butler, Jy (48), Hernandez, L 2 (42), Sarmiento (8), Solarte (38), Borbon (34), Miclat (13), Kata (43).
2-out RBI: Hernandez, L.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nelson, B 2; Sarmiento; Spilborghs 3.
SF: Hernandez, L.
GIDP: Solarte 2.
Team RISP: 6-for-13.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Kata (4, 2nd base off Wooten/Jaramillo).FIELDING
DP: (Miclat-Hernandez, L-Nelson, B)
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.249|
|Green, T, DH||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.286|
|Patterson, C, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.280|
|Sanchez, Je, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Halton (15, Bell).
HR: Patterson, C (8, 6th inning off Bell, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Farris 2; Halton 3; Patterson, C 5; Green, T 2; Gindl.
RBI: Jaramillo (11), Halton 2 (30), Green, T (11), Patterson, C (30).
2-out RBI: Halton 2; Green, T.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maysonet.
Team RISP: 3-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (23, 3rd base off Bell/Sarmiento).FIELDING
E: Patterson, C (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Schafer (Solarte at 3rd base).
DP: 2 (Dillard-Maysonet-Halton, Farris-Maysonet-Halton).
|Bell (W, 3-2)||7.0||9||5||5||1||3||1||4.15|
|Yan (H, 3)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.82|
|Tateyama (S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.39|
|McClung (L, 2-12)||3.1||6||6||6||4||3||0||5.97|
HBP: Spilborghs (by McClung).
Pitches-strikes: Bell 87-59, Yan 7-5, Tateyama 17-12, McClung 86-47, Wooten 42-30, Dillard 32-17, Sanchez, Je 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Bell 10-5, Yan 3-0, Tateyama 1-1, McClung 4-0, Wooten 4-1, Dillard 4-0, Sanchez, Je 1-0.
Batters faced: Bell 30, Yan 3, Tateyama 3, McClung 20, Wooten 12, Dillard 9, Sanchez, Je 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wooten 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Jordan Baker. 1B: Nick Bailey. 2B: Stu Scheurwater. 3B: Mark Ripperger.
Weather: 83 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to LF.