Oklahoma City, OK – Eugenio Velez extended his hitting streak to 17 games and drove in a pair of runs to help lead the Nashville Sounds to a 6-1 victory over the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Wednesday evening at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Right-hander Alfredo Figaro (1-0) earned his first Triple-A win of the year for Nashville by allowing one run in his five innings of work, scattering four hits and inducing three double plays during his 73-pitch effort.
The Sounds (54-85) struck first, plating a pair of runs in the top of the third against RedHawks starter Asher Wojciechowski. Hainley Statia drew an inning-opening walk and moved to third on a Josh Prince double before both runners scored when Velez extended Nashville’s longest hit streak of the year to 17 games with a two-run single to center.
Velez is batting .333 (25-for-75) during his hit streak and has also reached base safely in 31 straight contests, one shy of the longest such effort in the Pacific Coast League this season.
Wojciechowski (9-7) absorbed the loss for the ‘Hawks after allowing three runs on six hits in his 4 2/3 frames of action.
Oklahoma City netted its first run in the home half of the fourth when Figaro uncorked a two-out wild pitch to allow Brandon Laird to race plateward.
The Sounds increased their advantage to 4-1 in the sixth against RedHawks reliever Hector Ambriz. Blake Lalli (3-for-4) led off with an infield single and moved to third on a Diaz double before scoring on a Stephen Parker groundout.
Nashville kept the offense churning in the seventh with a pair of two-out scores off Wade LeBlanc. After the first two batters of the frame were retired, Sean Halton singled before scoring on an opposite-field RBI double into the left field corner by Hunter Morris (2-for-4), who extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-24, .458). Lalli followed Morris with a run-scoring single that made it a 6-1 contest.
Dustin Molleken was solid in relief behind Figaro, allowing just one single and striking out a pair of batters during three scoreless frames of work.
Jesus Sanchez made things interesting in the ninth, opening the frame with a warning track flyout before permitting a pair of baserunners. The right-hander recovered to retired the final two batters to escape the jam and close out the win with a scoreless frame.
The Sounds will look to secure just their third winning road series of the year when the teams wrap up the four-game series with a 7:05pm finale on Thursday night. Left-hander Aaron Laffey (6-8, 6.82) will man the bump for the Sounds and face Oklahoma City right-hander Bobby Doran (3-0, 3.96).
August 28th, 2013
|Oklahoma City RedHawks||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||6||1|
|Oklahoma City RedHawks|
|Alfredo Figaro (W, 1-0)||5.0||4||1||1||3||2||0||2.77|
|Dustin Molleken (H, 2)||3.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.19|
|Oklahoma City RedHawks|
|Asher Wojciechowski (L, 9-7)||4.2||6||3||3||2||4||0||3.56|
WP: Figaro.Pitches-strikes: Figaro 73-47, Molleken 32-23, Sanchez, Je 16-10, Wojciechowski 81-53, Ambriz 19-13, LeBlanc 35-19, Cruz, R 15-8.Groundouts-flyouts: Figaro 8-2, Molleken 1-5, Sanchez, Je 0-2, Wojciechowski 1-8, Ambriz 3-1, LeBlanc 2-1, Cruz, R 1-1.Batters faced: Figaro 20, Molleken 10, Sanchez, Je 5, Wojciechowski 22, Ambriz 6, LeBlanc 11, Cruz, R 4.Umpires: HP: Pat Hoberg. 1B: Brandon Misun. 3B: Spencer Flynn.Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.T: 2:51.Att: 3,409.Venue: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.August 28, 2013