Red-Hot Outfielder Extends Hit Streak To 16 With 3-for-6 Effort
Fresno, CA – Red-hot outfielder Khris Davis belted a homer in the top of the eleventh inning to propel the Nashville Sounds to a 7-5 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday evening at Chukchansi Park in the opener of a four-game series.
The triumph was the Sounds’ third consecutive last at-bat victory and was Nashville’s tenth extra-inning game this season (5-5 in those contests).Davis’ game-winning blast, an opposite-field solo blast to right-center on a 3-1 offering from Fresno reliever Wilmin Rodriguez (3-4), was the youngster’s second roundtripper in two nights and broke a 5-5 tie. Davis (3-for-6) has hit safely in his last 16 consecutive games between Double-A Huntsville and Nashville, batting an outstanding .484 (31-for-64) with 17 RBIs over that stretch.
Nashville tacked on an insurance run later in the frame against Rodriguez. Andy Gonzalez followed Davis’ go-ahead blast with a double and scored on Sean Halton’s subsequent RBI single for a 7-5 advantage.
Prior to Davis’ heroics, Eric Farris had led off the Nashville eleventh with a double off Rodriguez but was caught stealing third to leave the bases empty with two outs.
Farris enjoyed a solid night at the plate for Nashville, going 4-for-6 with a homer, double, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Three of his four hits in the contest gave the Sounds a lead.
Jesus Sanchez (2-0) recorded the final five outs for Nashville and picked up the victory.
Fresno score the night’s first run against Brian Baker in the bottom of the first inning. After Ryan Lollis drew a leadoff walk, he moved to second when Sounds catcher Jason Jaramillo misfired on a pickoff attempt and came plateward for a 1-0 Grizzlies lead on Conor Gillaspie’s RBI single.
Farris put the Sounds on the board in the third when he belted his fifth home run of the year, a one-out solo homer to left-center off Fresno starter Clayton Tanner.
Nashville rallied to take their first lead in the fourth, plating three runs against Tanner to grab a 4-2 advantage.
After loading the bases with no outs on singles by Jordan Brown (2-for-6)and Jeff Bianchi (2-for-4) followed by a Jaramillo walk, Baker grounded into a double play with Brown racing home to score the tying run on the play. Farris followed with an RBI bunt single that brought in Bianchi with the go-ahead run, then scored when Davis smoked a double to right later in the frame.
Fresno catcher Jackson Williams pulled the home team back within one at 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth when he slugged a one-out solo homer to left, his tenth big fly of the season.
The Grizzlies rallied to tie the contest at 4-4 against the Sounds’ bullpen in the seventh. Brock Bond (4-for-4) led off with a single against Amaury Rivas, moved to second on a throwing error by Bianchi on the play, and raced home to score the tying run later in the inning on Francisco Peguero’s RBI single off Nashville left-hander Mitch Stetter.
In the top of the frame, the Sounds loaded the bags with one out against Steve Edlefsen before Farris delivered his third go-ahead RBI of the night, plating Bianchi with a single to left for a 5-4 Nashville lead. With the bases still loaded and only one out, Edlefsen escaped further damage by popping up Caleb Gindl and fanning Davis.
Fresno evened the game for the third time in the bottom of the eighth, manufacturing a run against Fautino De Los Santos. Nick Noonan led off with a single to center, was sacrificed to second, and scored the tying run on a Williams run-scoring single. Bond followed with a double to place Grizzlies runners on second and third with only one out. De Los Santos recovered to strike out pinch-hitter Tyler LaTorre before Sounds skipper Mike Guerrero summoned Juan Perez from the ‘pen for a lefty-lefty matchup against Lollis. The Nashville southpaw won the battle, inducing an inning-ending comebacker from the Fresno center fielder to keep the game knotted at 5-5.
The teams continue the series with another 9:05pm CT matchup on Thursday night. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 3.60), who won his Triple-A debut for the Sounds in July, makes his second PCL start of the year when he mans the bump for Nashville. Fresno will counter with 11-game winner Eric Hacker (11-5, 4.48).
Nashville Sounds (51-61) 7, Fresno Grizzlies (58-53) 5
August 1st, 2012
|Davis, Kh, LF||6||1||3||2||0||3||3||.462|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||5||1||1||0||1||2||3||.243|
|Brown, J, RF||6||1||2||0||0||0||1||.306|
|Baker, B, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|a-Patterson, C, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|b-Green, T, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.270|
|De Los Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Perez, J, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Sanchez, Je, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Struck out for Baker, B in the 6th. b-Walked for Stetter in the 8th.|
2B: Davis, Kh (1, Tanner), Farris (12, Rodriguez, W), Gonzalez, A (16, Rodriguez, W).
HR: Farris (5, 3rd inning off Tanner, 0 on, 1 out), Davis, Kh (2, 11th inning off Rodriguez, W, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Farris 8; Brown, J 2; Bianchi 2; Halton; Davis, Kh 7; Gonzalez, A 2; Gindl.
RBI: Farris 3 (25), Davis, Kh 2 (5), Halton (40).
2-out RBI: Farris; Davis, Kh 2; Halton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton; Gonzalez, A 2; Jaramillo; Davis, Kh 2.
GIDP: Baker, B.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
CS: Farris (9, 3rd base by Rodriguez, W/Williams).
PO: Farris (2nd base by Rodriguez, W).
|Lollis, R, CF||4||1||0||1||2||0||6||.301|
|Peguero, F, RF||6||0||1||1||0||1||4||.257|
|Rodriguez, W, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Bunted out for Lively in the 7th. b-Struck out for Edlefsen in the 8th. c-Popped out for Rodriguez, W in the 11th.|
2B: Bond (10, De Los Santos).
HR: Williams (10, 4th inning off Baker, B, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Williams 5; Bond 5; Gillaspie; Ciriaco; Noonan 2; Peguero, F.
RBI: Gillaspie (43), Lollis, R (12), Williams 2 (37), Peguero, F (59).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Peguero, F 2; Lollis, R 3; Linden.
SAC: Tanner; Ciriaco.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Ciriaco (4, 2nd base off Baker, B/Jaramillo).
|Rivas (H, 5)||1.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||5.57|
|Stetter (BS, 1)||0.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||6.75|
|De Los Santos (BS, 3)||0.2||3||1||1||0||1||0||7.17|
|Sanchez, Je (W, 2-0)||1.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Rodriguez, W (L, 3-4)||1.0||4||2||2||0||1||1||6.80|
WP: Baker, B, Tanner 2.
HBP: Jaramillo (by Edlefsen).
Pitches-strikes: Baker, B 78-52, Rivas 14-11, Stetter 17-11, De Los Santos 19-13, Perez, J 23-16, Sanchez, Je 24-15, Tanner 92-55, Lively 29-19, Edlefsen 21-11, Machi 23-17, Rodriguez, W 22-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, B 4-8, Rivas 1-1, Stetter 0-0, De Los Santos 1-0, Perez, J 2-0, Sanchez, Je 1-0, Tanner 8-1, Lively 0-1, Edlefsen 1-0, Machi 2-1, Rodriguez, W 0-0.
Batters faced: Baker, B 22, Rivas 5, Stetter 4, De Los Santos 5, Perez, J 5, Sanchez, Je 6, Tanner 26, Lively 6, Edlefsen 7, Machi 6, Rodriguez, W 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Stetter 1-1, Perez, J 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jimmy Volpi. 1B: Michael Lusky. 3B: Stephen Barga.
Weather: 103 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to RF.