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Nashville Sounds defeat Iowa Cubs 8-0 in afternoon contest

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, Tn – The Nashville Sounds shut out the Iowa Cubs Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park, picking up the 8-0 victory behind a quality start from Brad Mills and a three-inning save by Michael Blazek.

Mills (3-0) held the I-Cubs to one hit through six scoreless innings to pick up the win and his third consecutive quality start. The outing extends his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings, the longest such streak by a Sounds pitcher this season, and trims his season ERA to 1.45.

Nashville Sounds defeat Iowa Cubs 8-0 (Nashville Sports Network)

Nashville Sounds defeat Iowa Cubs 8-0 (Nashville Sports Network)

He fanned a season-high eight batters and walked one before Blazek took over in the seventh. The two combined for the team’s third shutout victory of the season, with Blazek netting his first save for three scoreless frames.

At the plate, Pete Orr, Hector Gomez, and Taylor Green each had three-hit, two-RBI outings to power the Sounds offense.

Nashville broke out of the 0-0 tie with four runs in the fourth inning off of Iowa starting pitcher Chris Rusin, ending his scoreless streak at 12 1/3 innings.

Sean Halton, 1-for-4, doubled to lead-off the fourth and moved to third on Gomez’s infield single. Green followed with a double off the right-field wall to score Halton and give the Sounds a 1-0 lead with two on and no outs.

Outfielder Kevin Mattison hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Nashville’s second run, before Orr hit a two-run two-out single into shallow left field.
The Sounds extended their lead to five runs in the sixth inning courtesy of a Rusin throwing error. Mills laid down his second sacrifice bunt on the play, moving both runners into scoring position, and reached safely on Rusin’s errant run-scoring throw.

Gomez added a pair of runs to the Sounds total with a home run in the seventh inning. The Sounds have eight homers over the last five games, after recording only two homers in their previous 11 contests.

Green scored the team’s final run in the ninth inning with his second RBI-double of the game, which scored Gomez.

After a league-wide off day Wednesday, the Sounds will begin an eight-game homestand at Greer Stadium on Thursday night as they take on the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros affiliate). Right-handed pitcher Ariel Pena (2-2, 4.66) will make the start for Nashville, opposite the RedHawks RHP Nick Tropeano (1-3, 2.94). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 The Game.

BOX SCORE:

Nashville Sounds (21-18) 8, Iowa Cubs (20-16) 0
May 13TH, 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 1 8 13 1
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG

Orr, 2B 4 0 3 2 1 1 2 .314
Velez, LF 5 0 0 0 0 1 6 .325
Hermida, RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .268
Halton, 1B 4 2 1 0 1 1 2 .286
Gomez, H, SS 5 3 3 2 0 0 2 .250
Green, T, 3B 5 1 3 2 0 0 0 .276
Pagnozzi, C 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 .171
Mattison, CF 3 0 0 1 0 1 3 .148
Mills, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Blazek, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Totals 38 8 13 7 2 8 20 .264

BATTING
2B: Halton (5, Rusin), Green, T 2 (5, Rusin, Antigua), Pagnozzi (1, Rusin), Gomez, H (9, Antigua).
HR: Gomez, H (4, 7th inning off Cabrera, A, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Pagnozzi 3; Hermida; Halton 2; Gomez, H 7; Orr 3; Green, T 5.
RBI: Green, T 2 (11), Mattison (9), Orr 2 (12), Gomez, H 2 (15).
2-out RBI: Orr 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomez, H; Velez; Mattison; Blazek.
SAC: Mills 2.
SF: Mattison.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Gomez, H (6, fielding).
Pickoffs: Mills (Szczur at 1st base).

Iowa AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Szczur, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .228
Alcantara, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .261
Baez, J, SS 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .147
Valaika, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .313
Vitters, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .214
Villanueva, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .216
Flores, L, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .325
Mota, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200
Antigua, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rusin, P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .364
a-Jackson, B, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .161
Cabrera, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Watkins, RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .295
Totals 29 0 2 0 1 10 8 .233

a-Grounded out for Rusin in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Watkins (5, Blazek).
TB: Watkins 2; Rusin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baez, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Szczur (4, 2nd base by Mills/Pagnozzi).
PO: Szczur (1st base by Mills).

FIELDING
E: Rusin (1, throw).

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mills (W, 3-0) 6.0 1 0 0 1 8 0 1.45
Blazek (S, 1) 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.95
Totals 9.0 2 0 0 1 10 0 3.71

Iowa IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rusin (L, 2-5) 6.0 8 5 4 0 6 0 3.92
Cabrera, A 2.0 2 2 2 2 1 1 4.86
Antigua 1.0 3 1 1 0 1 0 2.70
Totals 9.0 13 8 7 2 8 1 4.00

WP: Cabrera, A.
HBP: Pagnozzi (by Rusin), Mattison (by Rusin).
Pitches-strikes: Mills 84-55, Blazek 36-22, Rusin 87-60, Cabrera, A 37-18, Antigua 23-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Mills 6-3, Blazek 4-1, Rusin 9-2, Cabrera, A 1-2, Antigua 1-0.
Batters faced: Mills 20, Blazek 10, Rusin 29, Cabrera, A 10, Antigua 6.
Umpires: HP: Brandon Misun. 1B: Spencer Flynn. 2B: Chris Gonzalez. 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 17 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:39.
Att: 8,567.
Venue: Principal Park.
May 13TH, 2014


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