Nashville Sounds Baseball
Rounds Rock, TX – Chad Bell pitched for five scoreless innings as the Round Rock Express handed the Nashville Sounds a 5-1 defeat on Thursday night at The Dell Diamond.
The Sounds have dropped the first two games of the five-game series and 17 of their last 21 games at The Dell Diamond since the beginning of the 2010 season.
Bell (4-4) scattered five hits while striking out five in five frames for the victory.
Outfielder Khris Davis snapped out of an 0-for-16 slump to double twice. Shortstop Andy Gonzalez and catcher Dayton Buller each had two hits. Second baseman Eric Farris (1-for-4) singled to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Ryan Spilborghs gave the Express a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run double. Two innings later, Matt Kata belted a solo homer in the fourth for the club’s third run.
Former Sound Brad Nelson led off the sixth with a solo home run for a 4-0 Round Rock advantage. The long ball was Nelson’s team-leading 22nd of the season. Robinson Diaz would tack on a two-out, RBI single later in the frame to conclude Round Rock’s scoring.
The Sounds loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but only came away with one run in the process. Reliever Derek Hankins allowed an inning-opening walk and two singles before outfielder Logan Schafer hit a sacrifice fly to right to score outfielder Caleb Gindl.
Coming away with the loss in his second straight start, Nashville starter Tyler Thornburg (1-2) gave up three runs on three hits and a pair of walks in five innings of work. The 23-year-old also fanned six in 81 pitches, 50 for strikes.
Donovan Hand was charged with two runs in two innings. Jesus Sanchez allowed one hit in a scoreless inning.
The Sounds and Express continue their series at 7:05pm CT at the Dell Diamond on Friday night. Right-hander Hiram Burgos (0-2, 4.30) seeks his first Triple-A win against Round Rock righty and Tennessee native Justin Grimm (2-2, 4.37).
Round Rock Express (63-70) 5, Nashville Sounds (61-72) 1
August 23rd, 2012
|Round Rock Express||0||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||x||5||8||0|
|Davis, Kh, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.286|
|Brown, J, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.298|
|Green, T, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.264|
|Gonzalez, A, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.243|
|Sanchez, Je, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Davis, Kh 2 (6, Bell, Hankins), Buller (6, Bell).
3B: Schafer (9, Bell).
TB: Farris; Buller 3; Schafer 3; Davis, Kh 4; Gonzalez, A 2.
RBI: Schafer (37).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brown, J 2; Davis, Kh; Schafer; Gonzalez, A.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
CS: Green, T (3, 2nd base by Bell/Diaz, R), Gonzalez, A (2, 2nd base by Bell/Diaz, R).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Farris-Gonzalez, A-Halton 2).
|Hernandez, L, 2B-SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.262|
|Nelson, B, 1B||2||2||1||1||2||0||0||.285|
|Butler, Jy, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Gonzalez, Al, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.417|
|Diaz, R, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.299|
|Ortiz, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Spilborghs (20, Thornburg).
HR: Kata (9, 4th inning off Thornburg, 0 on, 1 out), Nelson, B (22, 6th inning off Hand, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Nelson, B 4; Kata 5; Hernandez, L; Diaz, R; Spilborghs 3; Butler, Jy.
RBI: Spilborghs 2 (51), Kata (57), Nelson, B (76), Diaz, R (33).
2-out RBI: Diaz, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz, R; Martin; Borbon.
GIDP: Martin, Solarte.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Butler, Jy (6, 2nd base off Hand/Buller).FIELDING
DP: (Hernandez, L-Solarte-Nelson, B).
|Thornburg (L, 1-2)||5.0||3||3||3||2||6||1||2.79|
|Bell (W, 4-4)||5.0||5||0||0||2||5||0||4.41|
|Hankins (H, 2)||1.2||3||1||1||2||0||0||5.13|
|Ortiz, J (H, 4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.33|
HBP: Gonzalez, Al (by Thornburg).
Pitches-strikes: Thornburg 81-50, Hand 53-35, Sanchez, Je 8-5, Bell 85-51, Hankins 42-23, Ortiz, J 5-3, Eyre 33-20.
Groundouts-flyouts: Thornburg 3-4, Hand 2-0, Sanchez, Je 2-0, Bell 4-4, Hankins 1-3, Ortiz, J 1-0, Eyre 1-2.
Batters faced: Thornburg 21, Hand 11, Sanchez, Je 3, Bell 20, Hankins 10, Ortiz, J 1, Eyre 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Ortiz, J 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Chris Segal. 1B: Kolin Kline. 3B: Brandon Misun.
Weather: 91 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Varies.