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Nashville Sounds get shutout by Sacramento River Cats 1-0

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Nashville SoundsWest Sacramento, CA – Designated hitter Daric Barton was hit in the knee by Donovan Hand with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Sacramento River Cats a 1-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Sounds in the finale of a four-game set on Wednesday afternoon at Raley Field.

Brandon Hicks hit a ground-rule double on the first pitch from Hand to begin the bottom of the 10th inning, which was lost in the sun by center fielder Logan Schafer. Hicks later moved to third on a couple of walks, and scored the winning run as Barton was struck by Hand’s off-speed pitch. Hand and pitching coach Fred Dabney both argued that Barton leaned into the pitch after the game ended.

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

The defeat moved Nashville to 5-8 in extra-inning play this season and gave the club two series splits during their eight-game road trip through Fresno and Sacramento. The Sounds’ series split with the River Cats was only the second in team history at Raley Field (also in 2008).

Nashville has been involved in four 1-0 contests this season, taking two from the New Orleans Zephyrs and losing one to the Iowa Cubs.

Sacramento third baseman Josh Donaldson provided three of the River Cats’ four hits on the afternoon.

The Sounds were held to just three hits. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi singled to extend his hitting streak to a season-high eight games, while second baseman Eric Farris and first baseman Sean Halton also added base hits. Designated hitter Jordan Brown reached twice on a couple of walks.

Nashville threatened in the ninth, stranding the go-ahead run on third base against reliever Travis Banwart. Bianchi singled to begin the frame and advanced to third on a sacrifice and infield groundout, but was stranded as Taylor Green struck out to end the inning.

Sacramento rallied in the bottom of the ninth, but also came up empty. With the bases loaded and two outs, Amaury Rivas induced a Grant Green 5-4 groundout to end the inning and force the game to extras.

Nashville starting pitcher Hiram Burgos authored his best Triple-A start of the season, striking out five while tossing six innings of shutout ball. The 24-year-old walked one and allowed only two hits, a single and double to Donaldson.

Fautino De Los Santos struck out two of his former teammates in 1 1/3 shutout innings. Juan Perez followed with a scoreless inning while stranding his only inherited runner. Rivas escaped a ninth-inning jam to strand two inherited runners.

Hand (3-2) was given the loss with the run allowed in the tenth.

Sacramento starter Bruce Billings also pitched well in a no-decision, facing only two batters over the minimum during his outing. The right-hander allowing two hits with six strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. Banwart (8-3) allowed one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings in relief for the victory.

After a league-wide off day tomorrow, the Sounds return home to Music City on Friday to begin an eight-game homestand against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA-Angels) and Tacoma Rainiers (AAA-Mariners) of the Pacific Conference Northern Division. Right-hander Claudio Vargas (5-1, 3.86) takes the mound for Nashville in Friday’s 7:05pm CT homestand opener against Salt Lake southpaw Greg Smith (7-8, 4.15).

Box Score

Sacramento River Cats (72-47) 1, Nashville Sounds (54-65) 0
August 8th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0


One out when winning run scored.

 




Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .270
Farris, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .281
Brown, J, DH 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .309
Green, T, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .254
Davis, Kh, LF 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .316
Gindl, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .246
Halton, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .269
Jaramillo, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .194
Bianchi, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .316
Burgos, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
De Los Santos, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Perez, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rivas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Totals 30 0 3 0 3 9 9 .256
BATTING
TB: Farris; Bianchi; Halton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green, T 2.
SAC: Schafer.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
CS: Brown, J (3, 2nd base by Billings/Recker).
PO: Halton (1st base by Recker).

 

 

Sacramento AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Mitchell, J, CF 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .253
Donaldson, 3B 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 .338
Barton, DH 3 0 0 1 1 1 2 .254
Ka’aihue, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .256
Recker, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .265
Taylor, RF 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 .296
Green, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .294
Hicks, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .273
Peterson, LF 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .397
Billings, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Banwart, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 1 4 1 6 9 16 .279
BATTING
2B: Donaldson (11, Burgos), Hicks (23, Hand).
TB: Donaldson 4; Hicks 2.
RBI: Barton (25).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Barton; Green 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
CS: Green (8, 2nd base by Perez, J/Jaramillo).

FIELDING
Pickoffs: Recker (Halton at 1st base).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burgos 6.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 4.96
De Los Santos 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 6.59
Perez, J 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 2.15
Rivas 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.49
Hand (L, 3-2) 0.1 1 1 1 2 1 0 3.33
Totals 9.1 4 1 1 6 9 0 4.51

 

Sacramento IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Billings 7.0 2 0 0 2 6 0 3.45
Banwart (W, 8-3) 3.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 3.89
Totals 10.0 3 0 0 3 9 0 4.07



IBB: Brown, J (by Banwart), Peterson (by Hand).
HBP: Green (by De Los Santos), Barton (by Hand).
Pitches-strikes: Burgos 87-57, De Los Santos 16-9, Perez, J 25-10, Rivas 13-6, Hand 19-8, Billings 93-58, Banwart 41-28.
Groundouts-flyouts: Burgos 2-6, De Los Santos 0-1, Perez, J 1-0, Rivas 1-0, Hand 0-0, Billings 6-4, Banwart 5-0.
Batters faced: Burgos 21, De Los Santos 5, Perez, J 5, Rivas 3, Hand 5, Billings 23, Banwart 11.
Inherited runners-scored: Perez, J 1-0, Rivas 2-0.
Ejections: Nashville Sounds Pitching Coach Fred Dabney ejected by HP umpire John Tumpane (10th)
Umpires: HP: John Tumpane. 1B: Brian Sinclair. 3B: Quinn Wolcott.
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
T: 2:54.
Att: 7,163.

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