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Claudio Vargas pitches eight scoreless innings to help Nashville Sounds beat Omaha Storm Chasers 9-1

 

Veteran Right-hander Faces One Over Minimum In Eight Scoreless Innings

Nashville SoundsPapillion, NE – Right-hander Claudio Vargas turned in an outstanding effort to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 9-1 victory over the division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers on Monday evening at Werner Park.

Vargas (6-1) faced just one over the minimum during his eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out seven batters and walking none. It marked his fifth quality start in his last six outings. Vargas, who became the first Sounds hurler to work more than seven innings in a start this season, has posted a 2.17 ERA (14er/58.0ip) over his last nine starts.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

The Nashville right-hander retired the first 15 Omaha batters in order to match the longest such stretch by a Sounds hurler this season (Mike Fiers, May 24th at Las Vegas). Storm Chasers second baseman Rey Navarro opened the bottom of the sixth with a double into the left field corner to break up the veteran’s perfect game. The only other baserunner the right-hander allowed came on an eighth-inning Max Ramirez single.

The win snapped a seven-game skid at Werner Park for the Sounds (60-70).

Corey Patterson, one of four Nashville players with two hits on the night, doubled twice and drove in a team-high three runs and Taylor Green homered to lead a 13-hit offensive attack.

The Sounds grabbed their first lead of the series in the top of the second, when they sent  and plated six runs against Omaha starter Nate Adcock. It marked only the fourth time all season that Nashville scored six or more runs in a single inning.

Nashville strung together five consecutive hits to open the frame, a stretch capped by a go-ahead Caleb Gindl RBI single and a two-run double off the bat of Patterson. Later in the frame, Logan Schafer added a run-scoring single, Patterson scored on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and Eric Farris concluded the six-run rally with an RBI triple into the right field corner.

Adcock (7-5) was saddled with the loss after being pelted for six runs on nine hits over six frames of work.

Green (2-for-4) extended the Sounds’ lead to 8-0 in the top of the eighth when he slugged his sixth home run of the year, a two-run shot to deep right off Storm Chasers reliever Donnie Joseph. The third baseman has belted three home runs in last four games after swatting only three roundtrippers in his first 60 contests with the Sounds this season. Jordan Brown, who preceded Green with a single, also scored on the blast.

Patterson upped the lead to 9-0 later in the frame when he drilled his second run-scoring double of the night, a two-out two-bagger to center that brought in Sean Halton (walk).

Omaha broke up the Sounds’ shutout bid in the bottom of the ninth against Donovan Hand, who was unable to close out what would have been Nashville’s league-leading 11th shutout of the year. Former Sound Jason Bourgeois led off with a single and later scored on a one-out Irving Falu RBI single.

Recently-added Sounds infielder Adrian Williams made his first career appearance above the Low-A level with a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth, striking out on four pitches against Roman Colon.

The teams wrap up their 16-game season series with a 7:05pm finale on Tuesday night. Right-hander Wily Peralta (6-10, 4.75) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Omaha southpaw Chris Dwyer (3-3, 6.70).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (60-70) 9, Omaha Storm Chasers (77-53) 1
August 20th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 9 13 0
Omaha Storm Chasers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1





Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .270
Farris, 2B 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 .276
Brown, J, DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .305
a-Williams, Ad, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Green, T, 3B 5 2 2 2 0 0 2 .269
Halton, 1B 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 .266
Gindl, RF 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .245
Bianchi, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .306
Patterson, C, LF 4 1 2 3 0 1 0 .257
Quintero, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .246
Vargas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Totals 39 9 13 8 1 6 11 .256
a-Struck out for Brown, J in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Patterson, C 2 (20, Adcock, Joseph, D), Quintero (5, Adcock).
3B: Farris (1, Adcock).
HR: Green, T (6, 8th inning off Joseph, D, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Farris 4; Quintero 2; Brown, J; Bianchi; Schafer; Halton; Patterson, C 4; Gindl 2; Green, T 5.
RBI: Gindl (40), Patterson, C 3 (36), Schafer (35), Farris (27), Green, T 2 (23).
2-out RBI: Patterson, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green, T; Farris; Quintero.
Team RISP: 5-for-11.
Team LOB: 4.FIELDING
DP: (Bianchi-Halton).

 

 

Omaha AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Falu, SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .324
Robinson, D, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .272
Seratelli, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .306
Myers, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .297
Ramirez, M, DH 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .301
Maier, CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .250
Navarro, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .375
Bourgeois, RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .217
Clark, C, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .175
Adcock, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hardy, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Joseph, D, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Colon, R, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 30 1 4 1 0 8 8 .289
BATTING
2B: Navarro (1, Vargas).
TB: Falu; Bourgeois; Navarro 2; Ramirez, M.
RBI: Falu (44).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Falu.
GIDP: Navarro.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 2.FIELDING
E: Adcock (2, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Bourgeois (Gindl at 2nd base).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Vargas (W, 6-1) 8.0 2 0 0 0 7 0 3.58
Hand 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.36
Totals 9.0 4 1 1 0 8 0 4.37

 

Omaha IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Adcock (L, 7-5) 6.0 9 6 6 0 2 0 5.14
Hardy 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.25
Joseph, D 1.0 3 3 3 1 1 1 7.00
Colon, R 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.95
Totals 9.0 13 9 9 1 6 1 4.06



Pitches-strikes: Vargas 92-62, Hand 15-11, Adcock 85-53, Hardy 9-6, Joseph, D 28-18, Colon, R 11-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Vargas 5-9, Hand 1-0, Adcock 10-4, Hardy 1-0, Joseph, D 0-0, Colon, R 1-0.
Batters faced: Vargas 25, Hand 5, Adcock 26, Hardy 3, Joseph, D 7, Colon, R 4.
Umpires: HP: Nick Bailey. 1B: Brett Robson. 3B: Clint Fagan.
Weather: 86 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.
T: 2:25.
Att: 5,086.


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