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Nashville Sounds lose 9-0 to Sacramento River Cats Tuesday at Greer Stadium

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds connected for only four hits in Tuesday morning’s 9-0 loss at Greer Stadium to the visiting Sacramento River Cats, marking the second time this season the Sounds have been swept in a four-game series by their opponent.

The loss marks Nashville’s fifth in a row and the team’s fourth shutout loss of the season. The Sounds were outscored by Sacramento, 28-11, in the series.

Nashville Sounds right-hander Frankie De La Cruz . (Mike Strasinger - sportsnashville.net)
Nashville Sounds right-hander Frankie De La Cruz . (Mike Strasinger – sportsnashville.net)

One bright spot for the Sounds came in the eighth inning, when veteran pitcher Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side on 20 pitches. He walked nine-hole hitter Conner Crumbliss to start the inning, but retired the top of the lineup in order. All three strikeouts came on off-speed pitches.

Both Kyle Heckathorn and Mike Olmsted also pitched one scoreless frame for Nashville, unfortunately for the Sounds, Sacramento already held a 7-0 lead.

Nashville Sounds - Frankie De La CruzThe River Cats scratched their first four runs in the opening inning off the Sounds right-handed starter Frankie De La Cruz (1-5). The Nashville hurler had difficulty finding control of his pitches, starting the game by plunking Jermile Weeks.

The next three batters touched De La Cruz for singles and a pair of runs. He delivered his second hit by pitch to Sacramento’s designated hitter Grant Green to load the bases. Two RBI-groundouts and a walk to Andy Parrino transpired before De La Cruz got the ninth batter of the inning to pop up for the final out.

De La Cruz pitched a scoreless second, third and fourth innings, and was one out away from a scoreless fifth, but Jeremy Barfield crushed a line-drive home run to left field that put the R-Cats up 7-0. The Sounds pitcher took the loss, his fifth, allowing seven runs on four hits and five walks over five innings. He threw 99 pitches on the day, fanning two batters, before Nashville activated the ‘pen.

Nashville Sounds - Anderson De La RosaIn the ninth, reliever Rob Wooten let in Sacramento’s final two runs, ending his scoreless streak at 17.2 innings. It is only the second time in 14 appearances Wooten has surrendered a run.

Sounds batters Hainley Statia, Anderson De La Rosa, Sean Halton and Scooter Gennett accounted for the Sounds four hits. De La Rosa picked up the only extra-base knock with his double to the left-field corner in the fifth inning. The hit gives Nashville’s backstop seven extra-base hits in his last seven games.

After a scheduled off day Wednesday, the Sounds head west for series against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA-Angels) and the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA-Mariners). Starting for Nashville on Thursday will be RHP Johnny Hellweg (1-4, 4.41) against the Bees’ RHP Kip Wells (1-2, 9.00).

Baseball returns to Greer Stadium on Friday, May 24th, as the Sounds host the Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA-Dodgers) to a four-game set. The game will feature a postgame fireworks show.

Box Score

Sacramento River Cats (22-17) 9, Nashville Sounds (10-27) 0
May 14th, 2013

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 9 8 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

 

Sacramento River Cats
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jemile Weeks 2B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .281
Hiroyuki Nakajima SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .241
Shane Peterson 1B 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 .298
Michael Choice CF 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .300
Grant Green DH 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .303
Stephen Vogt C 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .336
Jeremy Barfield RF 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 .381
Andy Parrino 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .158
Conner Crumbliss LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .136
Totals 34 9 8 2 0 1 9 7 7 .275

 

 

BATTING
2B: Green, G 2 (10, Olmsted, Wooten).
HR: Barfield (2, 5th inning off De La Cruz, F, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Barfield 5; Green, G 4; Nakajima; Choice 2; Peterson.
RBI: Peterson (18), Choice (32), Vogt 2 (22), Barfield 5 (8).
2-out RBI: Barfield 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crumbliss; Choice; Nakajima; Parrino 2.
SF: Barfield.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Peterson (6, 2nd base off De La Cruz, F/De La Rosa, A), Weeks, J (7, 2nd base off De La Cruz, F/De La Rosa, A).

FIELDING
DP: (Nakajima-Weeks, J-Peterson).

Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Scooter Gennett 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .318
Hainley Statia DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .133
Khris Davis LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .174
Sean Halton 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Caleb Gindl CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .244
Cole Garner RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .163
Anderson De La Rosa C 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .298
Josh Prince 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .151
Blake Davis SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200
Totals 30 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 8 .234

 

 

BATTING
2B: De La Rosa, A (7, Thomas, J).
TB: De La Rosa, A 2; Halton; Gennett; Statia.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gennett.
GIDP: Statia.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
PB: De La Rosa, A (8).

 

Sacramento River Cats
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Justin Thomas (W, 2-2) 6.0 3 0 0 2 4 0 4.50
Darren Byrd 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7.04
James Simmons 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 7.16
Evan Scribner 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.23
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 2 8 0 4.79

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Frankie De La Cruz (L, 1-5) 5.0 4 7 7 5 2 1 7.94
Kyle Heckathorn 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.15
Michael Olmsted 1.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 6.00
Francisco Rodriguez 1.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Rob Wooten 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 0 1.37
Totals 9.0 8 9 9 7 7 1 4.84

 


HBP: Weeks, J (by De La Cruz, F), Green, G (by De La Cruz, F).
Pitches-strikes: Thomas, J 92-61, Byrd 15-9, Simmons, Ja 12-10, Scribner 7-5, De La Cruz, F 99-55, Heckathorn 15-11, Olmsted 27-14, Rodriguez, Fr 20-11, Wooten 22-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Thomas, J 6-6, Byrd 1-0, Simmons, Ja 1-0, Scribner 1-1, De La Cruz, F 6-4, Heckathorn 2-1, Olmsted 0-0, Rodriguez, Fr 0-0, Wooten 2-0.
Batters faced: Thomas, J 23, Byrd 3, Simmons, Ja 3, Scribner 3, De La Cruz, F 26, Heckathorn 3, Olmsted 6, Rodriguez, Fr 4, Wooten 5.
Umpires: HP: Adam Schwarz. 1B: Hal Gibson III. 2B: Brian Hertzog. 3B: Lance Barrett.
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
T: 2:49.
Att: 8,311.

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