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Nashville Sounds Khris Davis homers in the 11th Inning to beat Fresno Grizzlies 7-5

Red-Hot Outfielder Extends Hit Streak To 16 With 3-for-6 Effort

Nashville SoundsFresno, CA – Red-hot outfielder Khris Davis belted a homer in the top of the eleventh inningĀ  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).

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

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.

The Grizzlies doubled their advantage to 2-0 in the second when Juan Ciriaco led off with a single and later scored on a groundout. Baker worked out of a jam to escape further damage, stranding runners on second and third in the frame.

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 BianchiĀ  (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.

The teams traded single runs in the eighth as the back-and-forth affair continued. Both clubs left two runners in scoring position in the inning as the bullpens escaped jams with minimal damage.

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).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (51-61) 7, Fresno Grizzlies (58-53) 5
August 1st, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 14 2
Fresno Grizzlies 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 11 1





Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Farris, 2B 6 2 4 3 0 1 0 .283
Gindl, CF 6 0 1 0 0 1 4 .249
Davis, Kh, LF 6 1 3 2 0 3 3 .462
Gonzalez, A, 3B 5 1 1 0 1 2 3 .243
Halton, 1B 6 0 1 1 0 1 2 .270
Brown, J, RF 6 1 2 0 0 0 1 .306
Bianchi, SS 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 .299
Jaramillo, C 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .198
Baker, B, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
a-Patterson, C, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .261
Rivas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Stetter, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
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
Totals 46 7 14 6 4 12 18 .257
a-Struck out for Baker, B in the 6th. b-Walked for Stetter in the 8th.
BATTING
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).

FIELDING
E: Jaramillo (4, pickoff), Bianchi (4, throw).
DP: (Gonzalez, A-Farris-Halton).

 

 

Fresno AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Lollis, R, CF 4 1 0 1 2 0 6 .301
Peguero, F, RF 6 0 1 1 0 1 4 .257
Gillaspie, 3B 5 0 1 1 0 2 2 .298
Linden, 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 .276
Noonan, SS 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 .307
Ciriaco, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .278
Williams, C 4 1 2 2 1 1 0 .268
Bond, 2B 4 1 4 0 1 0 0 .336
Tanner, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
Lively, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
a-Villegas, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125
Edlefsen, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-LaTorre, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .274
Machi, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rodriguez, W, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
c-Stromsmoe, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Totals 41 5 11 5 4 7 24 .281
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.
BATTING
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.
GIDP: Ciriaco.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Ciriaco (4, 2nd base off Baker, B/Jaramillo).

FIELDING
E: Tanner (2, pickoff).
DP: (Noonan-Bond-Linden).
Pickoffs: Rodriguez, W (Farris at 2nd base).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, B 5.0 4 3 3 3 1 1 5.17
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
Perez, J 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.05
Sanchez, Je (W, 2-0) 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 11.0 11 5 5 4 7 1 4.56

 

Fresno IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tanner 5.0 8 4 4 3 3 1 7.65
Lively 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3.51
Edlefsen 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.71
Machi 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4.02
Rodriguez, W (L, 3-4) 1.0 4 2 2 0 1 1 6.80
Totals 11.0 14 7 7 4 12 2 4.77



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.
T: 3:52.
Att: 3,935.

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