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Nashville Sounds lose to Omaha 11-2

 

Nashville SoundsPapillion, NE – Omaha catcher Brett Hayes was a one-man wrecking crew on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park, homering twice and driving in seven runs to lead the Storm Chasers to an 11-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds.

Hayes missed the cycle by a triple during his 4-for-4 afternoon and produced the most RBIs against Nashville since Albuquerque’s Jerry Sands drove in eight runs during his two grand slam performance on July 29th, 2012.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Omaha grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Hayes turned a two-out Tyler Thornburg fastball into a line-drive, two-run double to deep center.

The Sounds evened the contest at 2-2 in the third against Omaha right-hander Brian Sanches. Buller led off with an infield single and raced around to score the first Nashville run when Hainley Statia doubled off the left-center wall. After Blake Davis advanced Statia to third with a groundout, Scooter Gennett drove in his third run of the series with an RBI groundout up the middle that deflected off the pitcher before being fielded by the third baseman.

Nashville Sounds - Scooter GennettHayes struck again with another huge two-out knock for the Storm Chasers in the home half of the third, belting a towering three-run homer to left off Thornburg to propel Omaha to a 5-2 advantage. The pair of baserunners on board for the backstop’s first home run of the year each reached due to wildness by the Sounds right-hander: David Lough was hit by a pitch and Johnny Giavotella drew a five -pitch walk.

Sanches (1-0) picked up the victory for Omaha by limiting the Sounds to two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Thornburg (0-1) was saddled with a loss in his first decision of the year after allowing five runs in his five frames of action.

Omaha broke the game open in the sixth against veteran Sounds reliever Jim Hoey, plating four runs to increase the advantage to 9-2.

After the Storm Chasers loaded the bases with no out on a pair of singles and a walk against the right-hander, Willy Taveras quickly unloaded them with a three-run triple off the right field wall. Brandon Wood followed with an RBI single to left to drive in Taveras with the fourth Omaha run of the frame.

Hayes capped off his day in the seventh when he slugged his second longball of the contest, a two-run shot to right that chased Hoey from the contest and made it an 11-2 game.

The Omaha bullpen was spotless behind Sanches. Louis Coleman worked 2 1/3 frames before Blaine Boyer closed out the win with a scoreless ninth that included three strikeouts.

Hunter Morris doubled as part of a 2-for-4 game for the Sounds, the first baseman’s team-leading fourth multi-hit effort of the young season.

Right-hander Johnnie Lowe made his season debut for the Sounds with 1 2/3 scoreless frames of relief.

The Sounds will attempt to gain a series split when the teams wrap up the four-game series with an 11:05am contest on Monday morning. Right-hander Hiram Burgos (0-1, 1.80) will toe the rubber for Nashville and face Omaha southpaw Will Smith (1-1, 4.50).

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Omaha Storm Chasers 2 0 3 0 0 4 2 0 11 12 0

 

Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Scooter Gennett 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .355
Caleb Gindl CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .105
Hunter Morris DH 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Sean Halton 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .231
Cole Garner RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167
Stephen Parker 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
Dayton Buller C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .308
Hainley Statia LF 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .118
Blake Davis SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
Totals 33 2 6 2 0 0 2 1 10 .202
BATTING
2B: Statia (1, Sanches), Morris (2, Sanches).
TB: Buller; Parker, S 2; Morris 3; Statia 2.
RBI: Statia (1), Gennett (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parker, S; Buller.
GIDP: Gindl.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Statia (Wood, Br at 2nd base).

 

Omaha Storm Chasers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
David Lough LF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .225
Christian Colon SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Johnny Giavotella 2B 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .211
Xavier Nady DH 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Brett Hayes C 4 3 4 1 0 2 7 0 0 .357
Irving Falu 3B-RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .179
Willy Taveras RF 4 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 .103
Adam Moore 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .174
Brandon Wood 1B-3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .214
Paulo Orlando CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167
Totals 35 11 12 1 1 2 11 2 6 .229
BATTING
2B: Hayes (1, Thornburg).
3B: Taveras (1, Hoey).
HR: Hayes 2 (2, 3rd inning off Thornburg, 2 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Hoey, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Taveras 3; Giavotella; Wood, Br 2; Hayes 11; Colon, C; Orlando; Nady 2.
RBI: Hayes 7 (8), Taveras 3 (6), Wood, Br (1).
2-out RBI: Hayes 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Falu; Colon, C.
Team RISP: 5-for-10.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
DP: (Giavotella-Colon, C-Wood, Br).

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tyler Thornburg (L, 0-1) 5.0 4 5 5 1 3 1 5.40
Jim Hoey 1.1 7 6 6 1 2 1 29.70
Johnnie Lowe 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 8.0 12 11 11 2 6 2 4.40

 

Omaha Storm Chasers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brian Sanches (W, 1-0) 5.2 4 2 2 1 4 0 3.38
Louis Coleman (H, 2) 2.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Blaine Boyer 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 1 10 0 3.62

WP: Hoey, Boyer.
HBP: Lough (by Thornburg).
Pitches-strikes: Thornburg 85-58, Hoey 41-22, Lowe 28-18, Sanches 71-41, Coleman, L 39-24, Boyer 21-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Thornburg 4-5, Hoey 1-0, Lowe 3-1, Sanches 7-5, Coleman, L 0-1, Boyer 1-0.
Batters faced: Thornburg 21, Hoey 11, Lowe 6, Sanches 21, Coleman, L 8, Boyer 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Coleman, L 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Alex Ortiz. 1B: Mark Ripperger. 3B: Marcus Pattillo.
Weather: 62 degrees, drizzle.
Wind: 22 mph, Varies.
T: 2:41 (:36 delay).
Att: 4,256.


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