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Nashville, TN- The Round Rock Express rallied from a mid-game four-run deficit to eventually hang an 8-6, 10-inning defeat on the Nashville Sounds on Sunday evening at Greer Stadium.
Nashville (51-78), which led 5-1 entering the sixth inning, fell to 1-7 in extra-inning play this season (0-4 at home).
In the decisive tenth frame, Round Rock loaded the bases with no outs on a walk sandwiched by a pair of singles against Travis Webb. Engel Beltre delivered a go-ahead RBI single to center before Alex Buchholz chased Webb with an RBI groundout that gave the Express an 8-6 lead.Express closer Cory Burns worked into and out of a jam in the bottom of the tenth to close out the victory. Caleb Gindl drew a leadoff walk and moved to third when Robinzon Diaz followed with a double, putting the potential tying run at second with no outs.
Burns recovered to strike out Hunter Morris and Hainley Statia in succession before retiring Blake Lalli on a game-ending groundout to nail down his 19th save of the year.
Ben Rowan (2-1) was awarded the victory for Round Rock despite suffering a blown save in the contest. Webb (2-5) drew the loss for Nashville after allowing the go-ahead scores in his two innings of action.
Right-hander Alfredo Figaro made his Sounds debut and turned in a good effort. He worked four-plus innings, allowing one run on five hits with three walks issued and four strikeouts while throwing 72 pitches in the outing.
Round Rock took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning against Figaro. Former Brewers farmhand Guilder Rodriguez doubled and scored on Jim Adduci’s two-out single to center.
Second baseman Eugenio Velez powered the Sounds to a 2-1 lead in the home half of the frame when he drilled his first home run as a member of the team, a two-out, two-run drive to right off Josh Lindblom. Kentrail Davis, who drew a two-out walk preceding Velez, also scored on the blast.
Velez has reached base in 21 straight contests, hitting .382 (29-for-76) over that span.
Gindl kept the one-run lead intact in the fourth when he threw out Joey Butler at the plate as he attempted to score from second on Mike Bianucci’s one-out single to right. It was Gindl’s team-leading eighth outfield assist of the year and fifth at the plate.
Gindl continued his strong night in the fifth when he upped the Nashville lead to 5-1 with a three-run homer to right off Lindblom. Josh Prince (2-for-4) and Stephen Parker, who had each singled earlier in the frame, also scored on the two-out blast, Gindl’s 11th big fly of the season. The roundtripper extended his longest hitting streak of the season to nine games (14-for-37, .378).
Round Rock got a pair of runs back in the sixth against reliever Zach Kroenke to pull within 5-3. Bianucci ripped an RBI single and Jared Hoying laced a run-scoring double to right during the frame.
The Express rallied to grab a 6-5 lead in the eighth by plating four runs off Johnnie Lowe. Catcher Zach Zaneski, batting .071 entering the at-bat, delivered the game-tying blow, a bases-loaded two-run single to center. After an intentional walk reloaded the bags, Webb took over on the hill for the Sounds and was greeted by a go-ahead sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Beltre. Two of the three runs in the inning, including the go-ahead score, were unearned following a fielding error by Prince at shortstop.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the bottom of the eighth as the Sounds squared the contest at six all on Statia’s two-out RBI double into the left field corner off Rowen, which plated Diaz.
The team continue their series with a 7:05pm contest on Monday night. Left-hander Aaron Laffey (6-6, 5.53) will make the start for the Sounds and face Round Rock right-hander Evan Meek (5-7, 3.79).
Round Rock Express (67-62) 8, Nashville Sounds (51-78) 6
August 18th, 2013
2B: Rodriguez, G (1, Figaro), McGuiness (25, Kroenke), Hoying (5, Kroenke).
TB: McGuiness 3; Bianucci 3; Adduci 3; Zaneski; Rodriguez, G 3; Beltre, E; Butler, Jy 2; Hoying 2.
RBI: Adduci (55), Bianucci (36), Hoying (24), Zaneski 2 (3), Beltre, E 2 (23), Buchholz (17).
2-out RBI: Adduci.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hoying; Zaneski 2; Butler, Jy; Buchholz; McGuiness.
SF: Beltre, E.
GIDP: McGuiness, Beltre, E.
Team RISP: 7-for-20.
Team LOB: 12.BASERUNNING
SB: Adduci (31, 2nd base off Lowe/Diaz, R).FIELDING
E: Rodriguez, G (2, throw), Buchholz (9, fielding), Bianucci (5, fielding).
Pickoffs: Lindblom (Davis, Ke at 1st base).
2B: Statia (8, Rowen), Diaz, R (7, Burns).
HR: Velez (1, 3rd inning off Lindblom, 1 on, 2 out), Gindl (11, 5th inning off Lindblom, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Velez 4; Prince 2; Diaz, R 3; Parker, S; Gindl 4; Statia 3.
RBI: Velez 2 (12), Gindl 3 (49), Statia (22).
2-out RBI: Velez 2; Gindl 3; Statia.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz, R; Velez; Lalli 3.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Davis, Ke (7, 2nd base off Lindblom/Zaneski).
CS: Davis, Ke (4, 2nd base by Lindblom/Zaneski), Statia (5, 2nd base by Lindblom/Zaneski).
PO: Davis, Ke (1st base by Lindblom).FIELDING
E: Diaz, R (8, throw), Prince (14, fielding), Davis, Ke (3, throw).
PB: Diaz, R (1).
Outfield assists: Gindl (Butler, Jy at home).
DP: 2 (Velez-Prince-Morris, H, Parker, S-Velez-Morris, H).
Figaro pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.
WP: Figaro, Lowe 2.
TopicsAaron Laffey, Alex Buchholz, Alfredo Figaro, Blake Lalli, Caleb Gindl, Cory Burns, Engel Beltre, Eugenio Velez, Express, Greer Stadium, Hainley Statia, Hunter Morris, Jim Adduci, Joey Butler, Josh Lindblom, Kentrail Davis, Mike Bianucci, Nashville, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Pacific Coast League, PCL, RBI, Robinzon Diaz, Round Rock, Round Rock Express, Sounds, Stephen Parker, Tennessee, Travis Webb
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