Tyler Thornburg Earns Second Win For Nashville
Nashville, TN – Sean Halton and Taylor Green each belted a three-run homer to power the Nashville Sounds to a 7-3 victory over the division-rival Iowa Cubs on Tuesday evening at Greer Stadium.
The win was the fourth in the last five games for Nashville (65-73). In the contest, the Sounds’ two through five hitters combined to go 9-for-13 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored.
Right-hander Tyler Thornburg (2-2) picked up the win for the Sounds after holding Iowa to one run on seven hits over five frames of work, walking one batter and striking out a pair. He has allowed two runs or less in six of his seven Triple-A outings this season and lowered his ERA to 2.65 with the effort.
Halton (2-for-3) gave the Sounds a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when he crushed a three-run homer to left off Iowa starter Horacio Ramirez. The blast was the slugger’s team-leading 16th roundtripper of the season. Logan Schafer (2-for-3) and Khris Davis (3-for-3), who had opened the frame with consecutive singles, also scored on the blast.
The I-Cubs got on the board with a run in the top of the fifth that made it a 3-1 contest. Matt Tolbert led off the inning with a double to right-center and later scored when Alfredo Amezaga, who drove in all three Iowa runs on the night, hit a two-out chopper to the right side of the infield that glanced off a leaping Thornburg’s glove for an RBI single.
The Sounds extended their lead to 7-1 with four two-out runs off Ramirez in the home half of the fifth.
After the first two batters were retired, Schafer singled to start the rally and scored when Davis followed with an RBI double to the right-center wall. After the I-Cubs elected to intentionally walk Halton, Green (2-for-4) made them pay by lining a three-run homer over the right field wall for his seventh longball of the year, which chased the Iowa left-hander from the contest.
Amezaga reduced the Cubs’ deficit to 7-3 in the seventh when he slugged a two-out, two-run homer to left off Sounds reliever Juan Perez. The blast was the infielder’s sixth of the year.
Nashville’s attempt to get one of the runs back in the home half of the frame was stifled by Cubs left fielder Dave Sappelt, who threw out Davis at the plate as he attempted to score from second on Taylor Green’s opposite-field two-out single.
The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm contest on Wednesday evening. Right-hander Hiram Burgos (1-2, 3.93) will make the start for the Sounds and face Iowa left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith (3-5, 4.09).
Nashville Sounds (65-73) 7, Iowa Cubs (53-85) 3
August 28th, 2012
|Ramirez, H, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a-Singled for Socolovich in the 7th.|
2B: Tolbert (16, Thornburg).
HR: Amezaga (6, 7th inning off Perez, J, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Tolbert 3; Rohan; Sappelt; Adduci; Recker; Campana 2; Amezaga 5.
RBI: Amezaga 3 (42).
2-out RBI: Amezaga 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rohan; Ramirez, H; Apodaca.SAC: Ramirez, H.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.
|Davis, Kh, LF||3||2||3||1||1||0||0||.290|
|Green, T, 2B||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.276|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.233|
|Perez, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|De Los Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Davis, Kh (8, Ramirez, H).
HR: Halton (16, 4th inning off Ramirez, H, 2 on, 0 out), Green, T (7, 5th inning off Ramirez, H, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Quintero; Schafer 2; Halton 5; Davis, Kh 4; Gindl; Green, T 5.
RBI: Halton 3 (56), Davis, Kh (21), Green, T 3 (27).
2-out RBI: Davis, Kh; Green, T 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton.
Team RISP: 4-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Davis, Kh (1, 2nd base off Ramirez, H/Apodaca), Schafer (16, 2nd base off Ramirez, H/Apodaca).
CS: Farris (12, 3rd base by Ramirez, H/Apodaca).
|Ramirez, H (L, 0-1)||4.2||9||7||7||2||1||2||4.58|
|Thornburg (W, 2-2)||5.0||7||1||1||1||2||0||2.65|
|De Los Santos||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||5.80|
IBB: Halton (by Ramirez, H).
Pitches-strikes: Ramirez, H 85-50, Socolovich 13-10, Dolis 21-12, Asencio 12-10, Thornburg 79-53, McClendon 22-15, Perez, J 12-7, Rivas 13-8, De Los Santos 15-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ramirez, H 9-0, Socolovich 1-0, Dolis 0-2, Asencio 2-0, Thornburg 6-3, McClendon 2-1, Perez, J 1-0, Rivas 2-1, De Los Santos 0-0.
Batters faced: Ramirez, H 23, Socolovich 4, Dolis 5, Asencio 3, Thornburg 21, McClendon 6, Perez, J 3, Rivas 3, De Los Santos 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Perez, J 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jason Arends. 1B: Shaun Francis. 3B: Joel Hospodka.
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.