Nashville Sounds Baseball
Velez Homer One Of Only Two Nashville Hits In Contest
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds were limited to a season-low two hits by three Oklahoma City hurlers in a 4-2 loss to the RedHawks on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
Oklahoma City starter Nick Tropeano (2-3) allowed only one hit over his six innings of work, a two-run Eugenio Velez homer, to pick up the win for the visitors.
Rhiner Cruz followed with two hitless frames before Kevin Chapman gave up a Caleb Gindl single in the ninth but successfully worked out of a first-and-third, two-out jam to pick up his second save of the year.RedHawks designated hitter Erik Castro broke a scoreless deadlock between Tropeano and Sounds starter Ariel Pena with he slugged his first home run of the season, a two-out solo shot to right in the top of the fifth inning.
A pair of walks came back to haunt Pena in the sixth as Oklahoma City stretched its lead to 3-0. Domingo Santana and Jon Singleton drew consecutive free passes before both later scored on catcher Max Stassi’s two-run double to the left-center wall. Sounds center fielder Kevin Mattison nearly corralled the ball for a spectacular inning-ending catch, but the ball was jarred loose from his glove as he jumped into the wall.
The RedHawks attempted to add a third run in the frame but Gindl cut down Stassi at the plate from left field as he attempted to score on Kike Hernandez’s single.
Pena (2-3) took the loss for the Sounds after allowing three runs on five hits in his 5 2/3 frames. He walked four batters and struck out seven during his 105-pitch effort.
Tropeano kept the Sounds out of the hit column for the first five-plus innings before Velez spoiled his no-hit and shutout bids with one swing of the bat in the home half of the sixth.
After Mattison reached on a wild pitch following a strikeout, Velez swatted a two-run homer to right to make it a 3-2 contest. It was the veteran’s fifth big fly of the year.
Santana added an insurance run for Oklahoma City in the top of the eighth when he belted a one-out solo homer to left off Brent Leach, which snapped the southpaw’s stretch of 12 1/3 scoreless innings over 10 appearances.
The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm meeting on Friday night. Right-hander Mike Fiers (6-1, 1.59) will man the bump for Nashville and face Oklahoma City right-hander David Martinez (4-2, 3.94).
May 15th, 2014
|Oklahoma City RedHawks||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||1||0||4||7||1|
|Santana, D, RF||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.296|
|Petit, G, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.272|
|Hernandez, E, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.301|
|Meyer, J, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.192|
|Castro, E, DH||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.121|
|Cruz, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chapman, K, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Stassi (8, Pena, A).
HR: Castro, E (1, 5th inning off Pena, A, 0 on, 2 out), Santana, D (6, 8th inning off Leach, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Hernandez, E 2; Castro, E 4; Singleton; Stassi 2; Santana, D 5.
RBI: Castro, E (5), Stassi 2 (22), Santana, D (25).
2-out RBI: Castro, E; Stassi 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Santana, D (1, 2nd base off Pena, A/Pagnozzi).
CS: Grossman (5, 2nd base by Pena, A/Pagnozzi), Chambers 2 (3, 3rd base by Pena, A/Pagnozzi, 2nd base by Leach/Pagnozzi).
PO: Chambers (1st base by Leach).FIELDING
E: Tropeano (1, fielding).
DP: 2 (Meyer, J-Hernandez, E-Singleton, Hernandez, E-Petit, G-Singleton).
|Morris, H, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.281|
|Gomez, H, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.241|
|Green, T, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Pena, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
HR: Velez (5, 6th inning off Tropeano, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Velez 4; Gindl.
RBI: Velez 2 (23).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton; Gomez, H.
GIDP: Gomez, H, Green, T.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Velez (9, 2nd base off Tropeano/Stassi), Mattison (4, 2nd base off Tropeano/Stassi).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gindl (Stassi at home).
DP: (Pagnozzi-Green, T).
Pickoffs: Leach (Chambers at 1st base).
|Tropeano (W, 2-3)||6.0||1||2||2||2||7||1||2.95|
|Cruz, R (H, 2)||2.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.25|
|Chapman, K (S, 2)||1.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.50|
|Pena, A (L, 2-3)||5.2||5||3||3||4||7||1||4.67|
WP: Tropeano 2.
Pitches-strikes: Tropeano 97-65, Cruz, R 22-15, Chapman, K 19-10, Pena, A 105-63, Jeffress 17-11, Leach 12-7, Molleken 21-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Tropeano 5-3, Cruz, R 4-1, Chapman, K 1-1, Pena, A 2-5, Jeffress 1-0, Leach 1-0, Molleken 3-0.
Batters faced: Tropeano 22, Cruz, R 6, Chapman, K 5, Pena, A 24, Jeffress 4, Leach 3, Molleken 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Jeffress 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tom Woodring. 1B: Nick Mahrley. 2B: Kolin Kline. 3B: Brandon Henson.
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
May 15, 2014