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Nashville Sounds explode for 6 runs in the Seventh to beat Fresno Grizzlies 11-7

 

Stephen Parker, Anderson De La Rosa Each Contribute Four RBIs In Victory

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds plated a season-high 11 runs, including six in the seventh frame, in an 11-7 victory over the visiting Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium.

The Sounds’ 5 through 8 hitters did most of the damage, combining to go 7-for-12 with 10 RBIs and six runs scored, as Nashville (10-22) recorded its third win in the last four contests.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Photo by Michael Strasinger - SportsNashville.net)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Michael Strasinger – SportsNashville.net)

Third baseman Stephen Parker homered and drove in four runs while extending the Sounds’ longest hitting streak of the year to 12 games to pace an 12-hit offensive attack. He is batting .318 (14-for-44) during the hit streak.

Catcher Anderson De La Rosa also drove in four runs for Nashville during a 2-for-4 evening that included a pair of doubles.

Fresno first baseman Brett Pill belted a pair of home runs and drove in six of Fresno’s seven runs in the losing effort.

Nashville Sounds - Stephen ParkerPill spotted the visitors a quick 3-0 lead with a three-run homer to left off Sounds starter Frankie De La Cruz in the top of the first inning. Kensuke Tanaka drew a game-opening walk and Gary Brown singled before both scored on Pill’s one-out blast, the infielder’s eighth of the year.

Parker pulled Nashville back within a run in the second when he slugged a two-run homer to right-center. The blast, the infielder’s fourth of the year, came off Fresno starter Boof Bonser and extended Parker’s hitting streak to 12 games, the best effort by a Sound this season.

Nashville pulled ahead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Josh Prince led off with a double to right-center and Caleb Gindl drew a walk. After Hunter Morris grounded out to move up the runners, Sean Halton laced a game-tying RBI single to center and Parker followed with his third RBI of the night, a go-ahead sacrifice fly that plated Gindl for a 4-3 Sounds lead.

Nashville Sounds - Sean HaltonDe La Cruz left in line for his second win of the year but took a no-decision after the Sounds’ bullpen failed to protect the lead. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of action, walking a season-high five batters and striking out a pair.

The Sounds tacked on a run in the sixth when Halton doubled and later scored on De La Rosa’s sacrifice fly to deep left-center, stretching the home team’s advantage to 5-3.

Fresno pulled back even at 5-5 in the top of the seventh against Nashville reliever Donovan Hand. Pinch-hitter Chris Dominguez led off with a homer to left-center to greet the right-hander. The blast was Dominguez’s third roundtripper of the year and the first pinch-hit homer allowed by Sounds pitching since July 2011. Tanaka followed the dinger by drawing a walk and later came home to tie the contest on a Pill groundout.

The Sounds grabbed the lead right back in the home half of the frame, putting up a season-high six runs against Grizzlies reliever Brett Bochy.

Nashville loaded the bases before Parker drove in his fourth run of the evening by coaxing a two-out walk from the right-hander to force in Scooter Gennett, who has opened the frame by extending his PCL-best on-base streak to 27 games with a single.

De La Rosa followed with a three-run double to center that gave the Sounds a 9-5 cushion. The big inning continued for Nashville as Blake Davis and Hand knocked back-to-back RBI singles to make it an 11-5 game.

Nashville Sounds - Scooter GennettFresno closed out the night’s scoring when Pill went yard for the second time in the contest, belting a two-out, two-run homer off Travis Webb in the top of the ninth.

Hand (2-1) was the beneficiary of the late Sounds rally, earning the win after allowing two runs in two relief innings. Bochy (1-1) suffered his first loss of the year after giving up the six -spot in just two-thirds of a frame.

The Sounds will look to capture their first winning series of the season when the teams meet for a 7:05pm finale on Friday evening. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg (1-4, 4.55) will man the bump for Nashville to face Fresno right-hander Justin Fitzgerald, who will make his Triple-A debut.

Box Score

Fresno Grizzlies (17-18) 7, Nashville Sounds (10-22) 11
May 9th, 2013

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 8 1
Nashville Sounds 0 2 2 0 0 1 6 0 X 11 12 2

 

Fresno Grizzlies
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kensuke Tanaka 2B 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .347
Gary Brown CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .201
Roger Kieschnick RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .310
Brett Pill 1B 4 2 2 0 0 2 6 1 0 .345
Hector Sanchez C 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
Juan Perez 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Cole Gillespie LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .286
Carter Jurica SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314
Boof Bonser P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a- Johnny Monell PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .224
Jake Dunning P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b- Chris Dominguez PH 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .275
Brett Bochy P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Sandy Rosario P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
c- Juan Ciriaco PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .184
Mitch Lively P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 7 8 0 0 3 7 6 6 .281

 

a-Walked for Bonser in the 5th. b-Homered for Dunning in the 7th. c-Grounded out for Rosario, S in the 8th.
BATTING
HR: Pill 2 (9, 1st inning off De La Cruz, F, 2 on, 1 out; 9th inning off Webb, 1 on, 2 out), Dominguez, C (3, 7th inning off Hand, D, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Dominguez, C 4; Jurica; Pill 8; Brown, G; Gillespie; Kieschnick; Perez, J.
RBI: Pill 6 (43), Dominguez, C (9).
2-out RBI: Pill 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jurica 3.
GIDP: Bonser, Tanaka.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Tanaka (8, 2nd base off Hand, D/De La Rosa, A).FIELDING
E: Kieschnick (3, throw).
DP: (Tanaka-Jurica-Pill).
Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Scooter Gennett 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Josh Prince CF 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .200
Caleb Gindl LF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .223
Cole Garner RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .165
Hunter Morris 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .217
Sean Halton RF-LF 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 .258
Stephen Parker 3B 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 .262
Anderson De La Rosa C 4 1 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 .279
Blake Davis SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .247
Frankie De La Cruz P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Kyle Heckathorn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a- Hainley Statia PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .071
Donovan Hand P 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500
Travis Webb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 11 12 5 0 1 11 8 6 .233

 

a-Flied out for Heckathorn in the 6th.
BATTING
2B: De La Rosa, A 2 (4, Bonser, Bochy), Prince (3, Bonser), Halton (11, Dunning), Morris, H (6, Lively).
HR: Parker, S (4, 2nd inning off Bonser, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Prince 3; De La Rosa, A 4; Hand, D; Halton 3; Davis, B 2; Parker, S 4; Gennett; Morris, H 2.
RBI: Parker, S 4 (11), Halton (13), De La Rosa, A 4 (7), Davis, B (10), Hand, D (1).
2-out RBI: Parker, S; De La Rosa, A 3; Davis, B; Hand, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gennett; De La Rosa, A 3.
SF: Parker, S; De La Rosa, A.
GIDP: Morris, H.
Team RISP: 5-for-14.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: Morris, H (1, throw), Parker, S (5, throw).
PB: De La Rosa, A (7).
DP: 2 (Parker, S-Gennett-Morris, H, Morris, H-Davis, B-De La Cruz, F).

 

Fresno Grizzlies
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Boof Bonser 4.0 4 4 4 3 3 1 5.45
Jake Dunning 2.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 2.11
Brett Bochy (L, 1-1) 0.2 4 6 5 2 2 0 7.94
Sandy Rosario 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.32
Mitch Lively 1.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 11.25
Totals 8.0 12 11 10 8 6 1 5.37

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Frankie De La Cruz 5.2 4 3 3 5 2 1 7.14
Kyle Heckathorn (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.91
Donovan Hand (BS, 2)(W, 2-1) 2.0 3 2 2 1 2 1 2.29
Travis Webb 1.0 1 2 0 0 2 1 3.86
Totals 9.0 8 7 5 6 6 3 4.67

 

WP: Bonser, De La Cruz, F.
Pitches-strikes: Bonser 83-45, Dunning 26-16, Bochy 30-16, Rosario, S 5-4, Lively 29-15, De La Cruz, F 95-53, Heckathorn 3-3, Hand, D 45-30, Webb 14-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Bonser 5-2, Dunning 1-3, Bochy 0-0, Rosario, S 1-0, Lively 0-2, De La Cruz, F 9-3, Heckathorn 0-0, Hand, D 3-1, Webb 1-0.
Batters faced: Bonser 19, Dunning 8, Bochy 8, Rosario, S 2, Lively 6, De La Cruz, F 25, Heckathorn 1, Hand, D 10, Webb 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Rosario, S 1-1, Heckathorn 3-0.
Ejections: Nashville Sounds right fielder Caleb Gindl ejected by HP umpire Kellen Levy (5th)
Umpires: HP: Kellen Levy. 1B: Shaun Lampe. 2B: Stu Scheurwater. 3B: Lance Barrett.
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, R to L.
T: 3:38.
Att: 5,390.


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