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Nashville Sounds Open Home Stand With 5-3 Loss to Fresno

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds began their homestand with a 5-3 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday evening at Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

The defeat was the tenth in the last 11 games for Nashville (8-22), which dropped a series opener at home for the first time all season. The Sounds won their previous four openers.

Nashville Sounds' Tim Dillard. (Michael Strasinger - Nashville Sounds)
Nashville Sounds’ Tim Dillard. (Michael Strasinger – Nashville Sounds)

Grizzlies starter Shane Loux (3-1) kept the Nashville offense in check during a quality start victory. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits over six innings.

Fresno took control early, erupting for five two-out runs in the top of the second inning to grab a 5-0 lead against Sounds starter Zach Kroenke.

The Grizzlies loaded the bases with no outs on a pair of singles and a walk off the left-hander. Kroenke recovered to retire the next two hitters on a flyout and strikeout before third baseman Juan Perez worked an eight-pitch at-bat into a broken-bat, two-run single to shallow left that put the visitors on the board. Gary Brown doubled the Fresno lead to 4-0 when he followed with a two-run double down the left field line and Roger Kieschnick (3-for-3) capped off the five-run rally with a run-scoring two-bagger to right that skidded just inside the first base bag.

Kroenke (0-5) suffered his fifth loss in six starts for Nashville after giving up five runs on six hits in five innings of work, his longest outing of the year.

Nashville Sounds - Scooter GennettNashville missed a chance to get on the board in the home half of the third. Kroenke led off with a single and moved to second when shortstop Juan Ciriaco mishandled Josh Prince’s grounder. Scooter Gennett followed with a single up the middle to extend his PCL-leading on-base streak to 25 games. Kroenke attempted to score from second on the play but was thrown out at the plate by Brown from center field.

The Sounds finally broke through in the fourth when Hunter Morris singled with one out and later scored on a Dayton Buller groundout.

Third baseman Stephen Parker (2-for-3) extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff single in the seventh. After Buller followed with a single of his own, the Sounds stranded a pair of baserunners in scoring position in the frame, as pinch-hitter Cole Garner and Prince fanned in succession against Fresno reliever Steve Edlefsen.

Nashville Sounds - Stephen ParkerNashville didn’t go down without a fight in the ninth, plating a pair of runs and bringing the potential tying run to the plate against the Grizzlies’ bullpen.

With one out, Parker singled and Buller drew a walk from Ramon Ramirez to put a pair of runners on board for Blake Davis, who delivered an RBI single to right to make it a 5-2 game. Kieschnick overran the ball on the play, allowing the runners to advance to second and third with one out.

Fresno skipper Bob Mariano summoned Heath Hembree from the bullpen to face pinch-hitter Sean Halton, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Buller to draw the Sounds within 5-3. Hembree then retired Prince on a game-ending groundout to nail down his second save of the year.

The teams continue the series on Wednesday morning with an 11:05am matinee. Right-hander R.J. Seidel will make his Triple-A debut with a start for the Sounds. Fresno will counter with southpaw Michael Kickham (0-3, 6.00).

Box Score

Fresno Grizzlies (17-16) 5, Nashville Sounds (8-22) 3
May 7th, 2013

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 2
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1

 

Fresno Grizzlies
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Juan Perez 3B 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .288
Gary Brown CF 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 .206
Roger Kieschnick RF 3 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 .322
Brett Pill 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .343
Hector Sanchez C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333
Cole Gillespie LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .281
Carter Jurica 2B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .327
Juan Ciriaco SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .188
Shane Loux P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200
Steve Edlefsen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Ramon Ramirez P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Heath Hembree P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 5 7 3 0 0 5 3 8 .287

 

BATTING
2B: Brown, G (7, Kroenke), Kieschnick 2 (10, Kroenke, Dillard).
TB: Sanchez, H; Brown, G 2; Gillespie; Kieschnick 5; Perez, J.
RBI: Perez, J 2 (18), Brown, G 2 (12), Kieschnick (24).
2-out RBI: Perez, J 2; Brown, G 2; Kieschnick.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pill 2; Brown, G.
SAC: Loux, S.
GIDP: Jurica.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
E: Ciriaco (5, fielding), Kieschnick (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Brown, G (Kroenke at home).
DP: (Ciriaco-Jurica-Pill).
Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Josh Prince CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .179
Scooter Gennett 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .350
Caleb Gindl RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .225
Khris Davis LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .083
Hunter Morris 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .216
Stephen Parker 3B 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .255
Dayton Buller C 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 .343
Blake Davis SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .209
Zach Kroenke P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
a- Hainley Statia PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .050
Tim Dillard P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b- Cole Garner PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .165
Johnnie Lowe P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
c- Sean Halton PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .257
Totals 32 3 7 0 0 0 3 4 8 .229

 

a-Grounded out for Kroenke in the 5th. b-Struck out for Dillard in the 7th. c-Hit a sacrifice fly for Lowe in the 9th.
BATTING
TB: Buller; Kroenke; Gennett; Parker, S 2; Davis, B; Morris, H.
RBI: Buller (4), Davis, B (8), Halton (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Davis, K; Davis, B; Prince 3.
SF: Halton.
GIDP: Gindl.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
E: Parker, S (4, fielding).
PB: Buller (7).
DP: (Gennett-Davis, B-Morris, H).

 

Fresno Grizzlies
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shane Loux (W, 3-1) 6.0 3 1 1 3 3 0 4.21
Steve Edlefsen 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4.05
Ramon Ramirez 1.1 2 2 1 1 3 0 4.91
Heath Hembree (S, 9) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.25
Totals 9.0 7 3 2 4 8 0 5.24

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zach Kroenke (L, 0-5) 5.0 6 5 5 2 3 0 7.30
Tim Dillard 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Johnnie Lowe 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6.75
Totals 9.0 7 5 5 3 8 0 4.75

 

WP: Loux, S.
Balk: Loux, S, Dillard.
Pitches-strikes: Loux, S 96-55, Edlefsen 14-11, Ramirez, R 38-19, Hembree 9-7, Kroenke 99-62, Dillard 29-21, Lowe 23-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Loux, S 11-2, Edlefsen 1-0, Ramirez, R 0-0, Hembree 1-1, Kroenke 5-6, Dillard 3-0, Lowe 2-1.
Batters faced: Loux, S 23, Edlefsen 5, Ramirez, R 7, Hembree 2, Kroenke 24, Dillard 7, Lowe 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Hembree 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Stu Scheurwater. 1B: Lance Barrett. 2B: Kellen Levy. 3B: Shaun Lampe.
Weather: 71 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:02.
Att: 2,991.

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