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Eric Farris Goes 4-for-6 With Homer To Extend Hit Streak To 10 Games
Round Rock, TX – The Nashville Sounds plated six runs in the top of the ninth inning, capped by a two-run Eric Farris homer, to record an 11-5 victory on Sunday evening at The Dell Diamond in the club’s final road game of the season.
The Sounds (63-73), who rapped out 15 hits and were not retired in order in any of the nine innings in the contest, recorded their 23rd last at-bat win of the season to finish their final road trip with a 4-5 record. The 11 runs marked just the fourth double-digit scoring total for Nashville this year.Nashville plated all six of its ninth-inning runs off Round Rock left-hander Ben Snyder (3-6), who took the loss.
After retiring Khris Davis on a groundout to start the ninth, Snyder proceeded to walk the next three Nashville batters to load the bases. Andy Gonzalez stepped to the plate and lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right that plated Corey Patterson with the go-ahead run.
The Sounds followed with three consecutive extra-base hits off Snyder to turn a nailbiter into a rout.
Caleb Gindl, who kept the game tied with an outstanding throw to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, delivered a two-run triple into the right field corner and Humberto Quintero drove a 1-0 offering from Snyder into right-center, just past a diving Leonys Martin, to plate the fourth run of the frame. Farris capped off the six-run outburst by crushing a two-run homer to left, his sixth roundtripper of the year, to bring the score to its final 11-5 standing.
Farris went 4-for-6 with three RBIs on the night to up his hitting streak to 10 games, matching the infielder’s best effort of the season. Gindl went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to finish an outstanding series in Round Rock with 11 hits in 21 at-bats, including six extra-base knocks.
Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the second when Taylor Green led off with a single against Express starter Zach Jackson, moved to second on a balk, and came around to score on Gindl’s one-out RBI double to right.
The Express responded immediately, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame against Wily Peralta to grab a 2-1 advantage.
Former Sound Brad Nelson evened the contest when he led off with his 23rd home run of the year, a solo shot to left. The Express took the lead with back-to-back two-out hits off the Sounds right-hander. With two down, Ryan Spilborghs doubled and scored when Brandon Snyder followed with a broken-bat RBI single to center.
Peralta walked the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the fourth but was able to escape the jam by striking out Snyder and inducing an inning-ending comebacker from Hill to keep the game deadlocked.
Nashville reclaimed the lead in the fifth with a three-run frame against Jackson that was highlighted by Jordan Brown’s two-run homer that sailed over the Sounds’ bullpen in right-center.
Davis led off with a double to left-center and scored when Sean Halton, who reached base in all five of his plate appearances on the night, followed with a one-hop single up the middle that deflected off the glove of shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. Brown followed by crushing his eighth big fly of the year to make it a 5-2 contest.
Peralta, who took a no-decision, gave the runs right back to Round Rock in the bottom of the frame as the Express rallied for three two-out scores to tie the contest at 5-5.
After the first two batters were retired, Leonys Martin singled, swiped second, and scored on an RBI single off the bat of Nelson. Peralta then walked the next two batters on a combined nine pitches to fill the bases with Round Rock runners. With two down and the bases loaded, Spilborghs turned an 0-2 Peralta offering into a game-tying, two-run double onto the warning track in the right field corner.
Gindl kept the game at a 5-5 deadlock in the bottom of the eighth when he threw out Spilborghs at the plate to end the inning as he attempted to score from second on an Alberto Gonzalez single to right. Spilborghs had led off the frame with a double to right-center off Fautino De Los Santos that was nearly snared by a diving Schafer.
The Sounds begin a season-ending, eight-game homestand with on Monday with the 7:05pm opener of a four-game series against the division-rival Iowa Cubs. Right-hander Brian Baker (3-4, 4.39) will man the bump for the Sounds. Iowa will counter with former Sounds right-hander Seth McClung (3-14, 6.32), who started 20 games for Nashville earlier this season before being released by the Brewers organization.
Round Rock Express (64-72) 5, Nashville Sounds (63-73) 11
WP: Peralta, Jackson, Z.
TopicsAndy Gonzalez, Brad Nelson, Brian Baker, Caleb Gindl, Corey Patterson, Eric Farris, Fautino De Los Santos, Humberto Quintero, Iowa Cubs, Jordan Brown, Khris Davis, Koyie Hill, Leonys Martin, Nashville Sounds, Round Rock Express, Round Rock TX, Ryan Spilborghs, Sean Halton, Seth Mcclung, Sounds, Taylor Green, The Dell Diamond, Wily Peralta, Zach Jackson
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