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Nashville Sounds score Two in the Ninth to beat Salt Lakes Bees, 2-1

 

Claudio Vargas Outstanding Again For Nashville In No-Decision

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim a 2-1 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Friday evening at Greer Stadium in front of 7,551 fans in the opener of a four-game series.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final half-inning, Nashville rallied for the win against a pair of Salt Lake relievers, scoring the game-winner when Humberto Quintero drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk from Bees left-hander Andrew Taylor.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

The come-from-behind triumph was Nashville’s 19th last at-bat win of the year. The Sounds (55-65) have plated the winning run in their final turn at the plate in five of their last seven victories.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jordan Brown drew a one-out walk from Bees reliever Ryan Brasier and moved to third on Khris Davis’ single to right-center before scoring when Taylor Green slapped a game-tying single to right and kept runners on the corners.

After Brasier struck out Sean Halton for the second out, Taylor took over on the Salt Lake hill and walked Caleb Gindl to load the bases for Quintero, who took a 3-2 offering low and in to force home Davis with the game-ending score.

The late rally made a winner out of Nashville reliever Amaury Rivas (5-7), who retired his only two batters faced in the top of the ninth.

Brasier (6-2) was charged with the loss after suffering his first blown save of the year in 12 attempts.

Starter Claudio Vargas turned in another in his recent string of solid efforts for the Sounds, authoring his fourth consecutive quality start. The veteran — who took a no-decision — allowed one run on five hits over seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.84 in his last seven outings (9er/44.0ip).

The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Vargas. Andrew Romine singled to center with one out and later scored on a Luis Jimenez RBI single to left.

Neither team scored again after the top of the first inning until the Sounds rallied for the victory in the last of the ninth.

Salt Lake starter Greg Smith (8-8) threw an outstanding game, working 6 2/3 scoreless frames and allowing only three hits while striking out five, but took a no-decision following the late blown save.

Sounds shortstop Jeff Bianchi went 0-for-4 to bring an end to his season-best eight-game hitting streak.

The teams continue the series with a 6:35pm meeting on Saturday night. Right-hander Wily Peralta (6-10, 5.17) will take the hill for the Sounds and face Salt Lake right-hander Barry Enright (10-6, 5.39).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (55-65) 2, Salt Lake Bees (61-59) 1
August 10th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0



Two out when winning run scored.


 

Salt Lake AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Crowe, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .278
Aldridge, C, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Romine, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .296
Calhoun, RF-CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300
Jimenez, 3B 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .309
Navarro, E, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .294
Hester, C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .212
Langerhans, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .259
Long, 2B 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .260
Deeds, DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .297
Smith, G, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Berg, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Cassevah, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Brasier, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Taylor, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 1 6 1 2 4 6 .279
BATTING
2B: Jimenez (32, Vargas), Langerhans (19, Vargas), Hester (2, Vargas).
TB: Crowe; Hester 2; Jimenez 3; Langerhans 2; Romine.
RBI: Jimenez (66).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro, E; Deeds; Langerhans; Romine.
SAC: Deeds.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Jimenez (15, 3rd base off Vargas/Quintero).
PO: Long (3rd base by Quintero).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Farris, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .278
Schafer, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .267
Bianchi, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .311
Brown, J, DH 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .310
Davis, Kh, RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .333
Green, T, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .254
Halton, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 2 3 .267
Gindl, LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 3 .247
Quintero, C 3 0 0 1 1 1 2 .217
Vargas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Stetter, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rivas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 2 5 2 5 9 13 .255
BATTING
2B: Gindl (22, Smith, G).
TB: Brown, J; Davis, Kh 2; Gindl 2; Green, T.
RBI: Green, T (17), Quintero (12).
2-out RBI: Quintero.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schafer; Gindl.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Green, T (1, 2nd base off Taylor/Hester).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gindl (Calhoun at 3rd base), Schafer (Jimenez at 3rd base).
DP: (Schafer-Green, T).
Pickoffs: Quintero (Long at 3rd base).

 

 

Salt Lake IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smith, G 6.2 3 0 0 1 5 0 3.90
Berg (H, 6) 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.86
Cassevah (H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.93
Brasier (BS, 1)(L, 6-2) 0.2 2 2 2 1 2 0 4.56
Taylor 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3.00
Totals 8.2 5 2 2 5 9 0 5.22

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Vargas 7.0 5 1 1 1 2 0 3.64
Stetter 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 6.75
Rivas (W, 5-7) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.43
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 2 4 0 4.48



Pitches-strikes: Smith, G 95-58, Berg 9-4, Cassevah 10-6, Brasier 24-14, Taylor 14-6, Vargas 92-59, Stetter 20-11, Rivas 7-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Smith, G 5-4, Berg 0-0, Cassevah 1-0, Brasier 0-0, Taylor 0-0, Vargas 6-5, Stetter 1-0, Rivas 0-0.
Batters faced: Smith, G 24, Berg 2, Cassevah 3, Brasier 5, Taylor 2, Vargas 25, Stetter 5, Rivas 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Berg 1-0, Taylor 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Clint Fagan. 1B: Nick Bailey. 3B: Brett Robson.
Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, L to R.
T: 2:47.
Att: 7,551.


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