Sounds Catcher Blake Lalli Homers In Loss
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds were held to six hits Sunday night at Dell Diamond on the losing side of a 3-2 contest against the Round Rock Express.
Nashville had their best chance to rally in the eighth inning with two men on and none out, but Caleb Gindl hit into a double play to reduce the opportunity. Blake Davis, who singled to lead off the inning, came around to score on a fielding error by Round Rock’s shortstop, but that would be Nashville’s last run.Another opportunity for the Sounds arose in the ninth, with Hunter Morris on third and only one out, but Morris got caught up in a fielder’s choice run down before Davis grounded out to end the game.
The Sounds took an initial 1-0 lead in the third inning when Sounds catcher Blake Lalli belted an opposite-field home run to score the first run of the game, but the Express were quick to answer, connecting for a pair of runs in the fourth inning off Sounds starting pitcher Zach Kroenke (2-8).
Yangervis Solarte led off with a double down the left-field line and scored on a single from Greg Miclat. Express infielder Mark Teahen followed with an RBI-single to score Joey Butler, who reached on Blake Davis’ fielding error earlier in the inning, and give the Express the 2-1 lead.
Kroenke worked through seven innings, allowing three runs, one earned, to the Express on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks. The lefty was charged with the loss, his eighth of the season.
Reliever Jesus Sanchez pitched in the eighth for Nashville, holding Express batters to one hit and having three ground out.
Round Rock starter Josh Lindblom (6-0) picked up the win, his sixth, holding the Sounds to one run on four hits through seven innings of work. Cory Burns pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save of the year.
The Sounds take on the Express again on Monday at 7:05pm. Throwing for Nashville will be RHP Johnnie Lowe (0-0, 4.68) opposite Round Rock’s RHP Scott Richmond (1-0, 2.40).
Baseball returns to Greer Stadium on Monday, June 10th, when the Sounds host the Omaha Storm Chasers to a four-game series.
|Round Rock Express||0||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||X||3||9||2|
|1- Anderson De La Rosa||PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.289|
HR: Lalli (5, 3rd inning off Lindblom, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Lalli 4; Halton; Davis, B; Davis, K; Gindl; Morris, H.
RBI: Lalli (9).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gennett 2; Prince; Davis, B.
GIDP: Parker, S, Gindl.
Team RISP: 0-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Morris, H (2, 2nd base off Burns/Chirinos).
CS: Davis, K (2, 2nd base by Lindblom/Chirinos).
PO: Davis, K (1st base by Lindblom).FIELDING
E: Davis, B (6, fielding), Prince (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Gindl (Beltre at 3rd base).
|Round Rock Express|
2B: Solarte (10, Kroenke).
TB: Teahen; McGuiness 2; Solarte 2; Cunningham, A; Miclat; Beltre; Butler, Jy 2.
RBI: Miclat (17), Teahen (7), McGuiness (32).
2-out RBI: Miclat; Teahen; McGuiness.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Miclat 2; Beltre; Teahen 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-13.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Cunningham, A (4, 2nd base off Kroenke/Lalli).FIELDING
E: Miclat (9, fielding), Chirinos (4, throw).
DP: 2 (Miclat-Solarte-McGuiness 2).
Pickoffs: Lindblom (Davis, K at 1st base).
|Zach Kroenke (L, 2-8)||7.0||8||3||1||2||6||0||4.69|
|Round Rock Express|
|Josh Lindblom (W, 6-0)||7.0||4||1||1||3||5||1||2.04|
|Evan Meek (H, 2)||1.0||1||1||0||1||0||0||5.19|
|Cory Burns (S, 13)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.95|
HBP: Parker, S (by Meek).
Pitches-strikes: Kroenke 96-65, Sanchez, Je 23-12, Lindblom 107-69, Meek 18-8, Burns 20-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kroenke 9-3, Sanchez, Je 3-0, Lindblom 3-7, Meek 3-0, Burns 2-0.
Batters faced: Kroenke 31, Sanchez, Je 5, Lindblom 26, Meek 6, Burns 4.
Umpires: HP: Quinn Wolcott. 1B: Spencer Flynn. 3B: Brandon Misun.
Weather: 87 degrees, clear.
Wind: 3 mph, Varies.