Nashville Comes From Behind To Defeat PCL Frontrunners
West Sacramento, CA – The Nashville Sounds evened their series against PCL-leading Sacramento with a come-from-behind 5-3 victory on Monday evening at Raley Field.
Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, red-hot outfielder Khris Davis (2-for-3) delivered a two-out, two-run single to push the visitors into the lead and Jeff Bianchi belted a ninth-inning homer to provide the final two-run cushion.
The Nashville bullpen worked around several Sacramento baserunners in the final two innings, stranding the bases loaded in the eighth and leaving a pair of runners on in the ninth to keep the Cats at bay with a pair of scoreless frames to preserve the win.Jordan Brown went 3-for-5 and missed the cycle by a triple to pace the Sounds’ offense. The veteran is batting .411 (23-for-56) over his past 16 contests.
Sacramento took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when left fielder Shane Peterson delivered a two-out, two-run single off Sounds starter Brian Baker. Michael Taylor (walk) and Grant Green (double) each scored on the go-ahead knock.
The Sounds rallied to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth against Sacramento starter Graham Godfrey. Brown led off the frame with his seventh home run of the year, a solo shot to right that halved the deficit. Following the longball, Nashville loaded the bases with one out on a Davis walk and singles by Taylor Green and Jason Jaramillo. Edwin Maysonet followed with a game-tying sacrifice fly to left.
The River Cats reclaimed the lead at 3-2 in the sixth on a Grant Green two-out RBI single that chased Baker from the contest before the Sounds responded in the next half-inning and grabbed their first lead of the night.
Bianchi drew a one-out walk from Sacramento reliever Jim Miller (0-3) and moved to third on a two-out Brown double before both baserunners scored on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of Davis, who has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 contests.
Sounds reliever Fautino De Los Santos, a member of the Sacramento club for most of the season before being acquired by the Brewers at the trade deadline, worked out of a bases-loaded jam unscathed in the bottom of the eighth to keep the one-run Nashville advantage intact.
Bianchi provided the Sounds with an insurance run in the ninth when he extended his longest hit streak of the year to six games with a one-out solo homer to center off Justin Souza. The blast, the infielder’s second of the year, increased the Nashville cushion to 5-3.
Nashville had a chance to further increase the lead later in the frame after loading the bases against Souza with two outs but the right-hander popped up Sean Halton to end the inning.
Rob Wooten took over on the hill for the Sounds in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a double and a walk to bring the potential winning run to the plate before inducing a game-ending groundout from Jermaine Mitchell to nail down his second save.
Perez (3-0) picked up the win in relief for the Sounds after working 1 1/3 scoreless frames with three strikeouts.
The teams continue the series with another 9:05pm CT meeting on Tuesday. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 1.80) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face Sacramento right-hander Tyson Ross (4-2, 2.72).
Nashville Sounds (53-64) 5, Sacramento River Cats (71-46) 3
August 6th, 2012
|Sacramento River Cats||0||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||9||0|
|Patterson, C, LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.256|
|Brown, J, RF||5||2||3||1||0||1||1||.309|
|Davis, Kh, DH||3||1||2||2||1||0||1||.355|
|Green, T, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.265|
|Baker, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Perez, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|De Los Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Brown, J (18, Miller, Ji).
HR: Brown, J (7, 4th inning off Godfrey, 0 on, 0 out), Bianchi (2, 9th inning off Souza, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Brown, J 7; Bianchi 4; Halton; Jaramillo; Patterson, C; Davis, Kh 2; Green, T 2.
RBI: Brown, J (30), Maysonet (15), Davis, Kh 2 (8), Bianchi (16).
2-out RBI: Davis, Kh 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jaramillo 2; Patterson, C; Davis, Kh; Green, T; Halton 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
SB: Bianchi (10, 2nd base off Simmons, Ja/Recker).
|1-Mitchell, J, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.257|
|Simmons, Ja, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Miller, Ji, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Ka’aihue in the 8th.|
2B: Pennington (1, Baker, B), Green (21, Baker, B), Cowgill (12, Wooten).
TB: Green 3; Ka’aihue; Peterson; Cowgill 3; Recker; Pennington 3.
RBI: Peterson 2 (15), Green (61).
2-out RBI: Peterson 2; Green.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ka’aihue; Recker 2; Peterson 4.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
CS: Peterson (1, 2nd base by Baker, B/Jaramillo).
|Perez, J (W, 3-0)||1.1||1||0||0||0||3||0||2.22|
|De Los Santos (H, 3)||1.0||1||0||0||1||2||0||6.81|
|Wooten (S, 2)||1.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.31|
|Miller, Ji (BS, 1)(L, 0-3)||2.0||2||2||2||1||1||0||3.77|
Perez, J pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
WP: Simmons, Ja.
HBP: Davis, Kh (by Godfrey), Maysonet (by Godfrey).
Pitches-strikes: Baker, B 88-50, Perez, J 23-13, De Los Santos 23-13, Wooten 27-16, Godfrey 69-44, Simmons, Ja 27-17, Miller, Ji 35-22, Souza 24-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, B 5-6, Perez, J 1-0, De Los Santos 0-0, Wooten 2-0, Godfrey 3-4, Simmons, Ja 0-4, Miller, Ji 1-2, Souza 0-2.
Batters faced: Baker, B 26, Perez, J 5, De Los Santos 5, Wooten 5, Godfrey 19, Simmons, Ja 8, Miller, Ji 9, Souza 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Perez, J 2-0, De Los Santos 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Sinclair. 1B: Quinn Wolcott. 3B: John Tumpane.
Weather: 92 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Varies.