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Nashville Sounds make it five in a row with 4-2 win over Las Vegas 51’s

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds downed the Las Vegas 51s by a 4-2 margin Friday night in front of 8,993 fans at Greer Stadium to pick up the team’s first series sweep of the season. The win extends the team’s season-best winning streak to five games.

Tied 2-2 in the fourth inning, Sounds shortstop Josh Prince dropped a triple into right field to lead off the frame and came around to score on a Blake Lalli’s double.

Nashville Sounds' Hunter Morris.
Nashville Sounds’ Hunter Morris.

Lalli recorded three of the Sounds 10 hits on the night, while Prince and Sean Halton each recorded two knocks.

In the fifth, Prince scooted a ground ball through the infield for an insurance run, scoring Halton from second for the 4-2 lead.

Reliever Zach Kroenke (5-13) picked up the win for Nashville, his fifth, after delivering 4 1/3 scoreless innings for Nashville. The lefty limited Las Vegas to two hits, fanning four and walking one. Reliever Jesus Sanchez notched his third save with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Sounds took the initial lead in the contest when Hunter Morris and Lalli each connected for two-out RBI singles. Morris’ knock scored Halton, while Lalli singled in Prince.

Right-hander Marco Estrada started on the hill for Nashville, making a scheduled 50-pitch rehab start for Milwaukee. The nine-year-pro walked Eric Campbell in the second inning and allowed a two-out single to Juan Centeno for his first of two earned runs.

In the third inning, Estrada picked up a quick two outs but then allowed his next two batters on base, before leaving the runners for Kroenke after 47 pitches. Kirk Nieuwenhuis touched Kroenke for a single to left field that allowed Wilmer Flores to score.

Estrada finished with a no decision, allowing two runs on three hits across 2 2/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out two.

Relievers Kyle Heckathorn and Brent Leach also saw work from the hill for Nashville, combining to pitch a scoreless eighth inning.

Las Vegas starter Jacob deGrom (3-2) was charged with the loss, allowing Nashville four runs on nine hits and two walks.

The Sounds begin a fresh four-game series with the Tucson Padres (Padres affiliate) Saturday night at Greer Stadium. Throwing for Nashville will be LHP Aaron Laffey (5-5, 5.31) opposite Tucson’s lefty Jason Lane (2-0, 3.86). First pitch is slated for 6:35pm.

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (43-71) 4, Las Vegas 51s (60-52) 2
August 2nd, 2013

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 51s 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Nashville Sounds 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 x 4 10 1

 

Las Vegas 51s
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mike Baxter LF 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
Ruben Tejada SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .293
Wilmer Flores 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .320
Zach Lutz 3B-1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .286
Kirk Nieuwenhuis RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .239
Eric Campbell 1B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .282
Robert Carson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Matt den Dekker CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .271
Juan Centeno C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .303
Jacob deGrom P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
a- Jamie Hoffmann PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Justin Hampson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Brandon Hicks 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Totals 34 2 7 0 0 0 2 4 8 .285

 

a-Bunted out for deGrom in the 7th.
BATTING
TB: Centeno; Baxter 2; Flores, W 2; Nieuwenhuis; den Dekker.
RBI: Centeno (22), Nieuwenhuis (21).
2-out RBI: Centeno; Nieuwenhuis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: den Dekker 3; Centeno.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Campbell (8, 2nd base off Estrada/Lalli), den Dekker (5, 2nd base off Kroenke/Lalli).
Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kentrail Davis 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .232
Eugenio Velez CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286
Sean Halton RF 4 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .287
Hunter Morris 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .239
Josh Prince SS 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 .227
Blake Lalli C 4 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .264
Hainley Statia LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252
Stephen Parker 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .212
Marco Estrada P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zach Kroenke P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .067
Kyle Heckathorn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Brent Leach P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jesus Sanchez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 4 10 4 1 0 4 2 5 .246

 

BATTING
2B: Halton 2 (23, deGrom, deGrom), Lalli (10, deGrom), Parker, S (16, deGrom).
3B: Prince (1, deGrom).
TB: Velez; Lalli 4; Prince 4; Halton 4; Parker, S 2; Morris, H.
RBI: Morris, H (55), Lalli 2 (24), Prince (40).
2-out RBI: Morris, H; Lalli; Prince.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Statia; Davis, Ke 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
CS: Velez (1, 2nd base by deGrom/Centeno).FIELDING
E: Prince (9, throw).
PB: Lalli (8).

 

Las Vegas 51s
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jacob deGrom (L, 3-2) 6.0 9 4 4 2 4 0 4.53
Justin Hampson 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.67
Robert Carson 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.46
Totals 8.0 10 4 4 2 5 0 4.73

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marco Estrada 2.2 3 2 2 2 2 0 6.75
Zach Kroenke (W, 5-13) 4.1 2 0 0 1 4 0 4.40
Kyle Heckathorn (H, 5) 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.60
Brent Leach (H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.50
Jesus Sanchez (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.05
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 4 8 0 4.39

 

Pitches-strikes: deGrom 94-63, Hampson 12-9, Carson, R 17-12, Estrada 47-25, Kroenke 54-34, Heckathorn 16-7, Leach 6-4, Sanchez, Je 8-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: deGrom 9-2, Hampson 2-0, Carson, R 0-0, Estrada 2-2, Kroenke 6-2, Heckathorn 0-1, Leach 0-0, Sanchez, Je 3-0.
Batters faced: deGrom 28, Hampson 3, Carson, R 4, Estrada 13, Kroenke 16, Heckathorn 4, Leach 1, Sanchez, Je 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Kroenke 2-1, Leach 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tom Woodring. 1B: Gerard Ascani. 2B: Joel Hospodka. 3B: Cory Blaser.
Weather: 86 degrees, clear.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
T: 2:52.
Att: 8,993.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
August 2, 2013

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