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Nashville Sounds Fans Treated To Walk-Off Win and 13-Run Blow Out
Nashville, TN – The first-place Nashville Sounds (26-21) took a pair of wins against the Omaha Storm Chasers in the teams’ doubleheader at Greer Stadium Wednesday evening; winning the opener 5-4 and the night cap 13-4.
In the opener, catcher Matt Pagnozzi hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Sounds a 5-4 victory over Omaha.Pagnozzi’s blast, his third of the year, came on a 1-0 offering from Omaha reliever Donnie Joseph. Jeremy Hermida also homered and drove in three runs for the first-place Sounds in the win.
The Sounds took a 2-0 lead against Omaha starter Sugar Ray Marimon in the bottom of the third inning.
Hector Gomez led off with a line-drive single to left and Kevin Mattison drew a walk before both runners were sacrificed by Pagnozzi. Pete Orr followed with a grounder to shortstop that plated Gomez; Orr reached safely when Brian Bocock’s throw was wide of first. Hermida doubled the Nashville lead to 2-0 when his sacrifice fly to center brought in Mattison.
Hermida upped the Sounds’ lead to 4-0 in the fifth when he slugged a two-out, two-run homer to left off Marimon, the outfielder’s fifth roundtripper of the season.
After Sounds starter Mike Fiers faced one batter over the minimum through five innings, he allowed hits to six of his final nine batters as Omaha mounted a rally.
Omaha catcher Jesus Flores broke up Fiers’ shutout bid in the sixth when he led off the frame with his second home run of the year, a solo shot down the left field line.
The Storm Chasers continued to rally against the Nashville right-hander in the seventh. Jimmy Paredes, Brian Fletcher, and Carlos Peguero opened the frame with consecutive singles to plate one run, then Fletcher raced home to make a 4-3 contest when Fiers made an errant pickoff throw to first.
Following a groundout for the first out of the inning, Matt Fields laced a game-tying RBI single to right-center to even the score at 4-4 and chase Fiers from the contest.
The outing was only the third non-quality start in nine trips to the hill for Fiers this season. The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 frames, racking up six strikeouts to increase his minor league-leading punchout total to 78 on the year.
Nashville fell behind in the first inning when Omaha designated hitter Carlos Peguero hit a two-run homer off the left-field wall, but it was all Sounds after that.
After hitting a single through the infield, lead-off batter Irving Falu helped the Sounds cut into the Omaha lead in the home half of the first inning, scoring from third on Ryan Verdugo’s wild pitch.
Then in the 2nd, the Sounds plated four runs to take the lead away from Omaha.
Sounds short stop Hector Gomez, 3-for-4, leveled the game at three runs apiece with a home run over the left-field wall, traveling an estimated 412 feet. The shot is Gomez’s fifth of the season and scored Jeremy Hermida, who led off the inning with a walk.
Hainley Statia connected on an infield single to keep the productive inning alive and moved to second on Kevin Mattison’s walk. The pair of runners advanced one base on Falu’s sacrifice bunt and another on Eugenio Velez’s sac-fly. Sean Halton ripped a double into centerfield off former Sound Kameron Loe to score Mattison for the 5-3 advantage.
Nashville logged another multi-run inning in the 3rd to put Nashville up 8-3. Mattison hit a bases-clearing triple before scoring on a wild pitch from Loe.
Hunter Morris and Robinzon Diaz each recorded run-scoring knocks in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase the Sounds’ lead to seven. Jeremy Hermida followed with an RBI groundout before Gomez plated the team’s 12th run on his third hit of the night: a single into left field.
Falu pushed a single into shallow left field for the team’s final run of the game.
Blazek finished with three runs, two earned, on four hits over three innings of work in the start. Reliever Dustin Molleken (1-2) picked up the win, limiting Omaha to two hits and striking out five over three innings of work. Brent Leach also saw work out of the ‘pen for Nashville and allowed Omaha their fourth and final run in the 7th.
The pair of wins gives Nashville its second doubleheader sweep of the season and the season-series victory against Omaha, currently at 9-6 with one game to play Thursday.
The teams wrap up the series with a 7:05 p.m. finale on Thursday evening at Greer. Right-hander Johnnie Lowe (0-0, 3.00) will make the start for the Sounds and face veteran Omaha right-hander Brett Tomko (2-3, 5.04).
Box Score – Game 1
Nashville Sounds (25-21) 5, Omaha Storm Chasers (20-24) 4
May 21, 2014
Pitches-strikes: Marimon 87-49, Joseph, D 15-10, Fiers 72-53, Hand, D 6-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Marimon 8-3, Joseph, D 1-1, Fiers 8-1, Hand, D 1-0.
Batters faced: Marimon 22, Joseph, D 5, Fiers 25, Hand, D 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Hand, D 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Spencer Flynn. 1B: Chris Gonzalez. 3B: Brandon Misun.
Weather: 86 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, R to L.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
May 21, 2014
Box Score – Game 2
Omaha Storm Chasers (20-25) 4, Nashville Sounds (26-21) 13
TopicsBrett Tomko, Brian Fletcher, Carlos Peguero, Donnie Joseph, Dustin Molleken, Eugenio Velez, Greer Stadium, Hainley Statia, Hector Gomez, Hunter Morris, Irving Falu, Jeremy Hermida, Jimmy Paredes, Johnnie Lowe, Kevin Mattison, Matt Fields, Matt Pagnozzi, Mike Fiers, Nashville, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Omaha Storm Chasers, Pete Orr, Robinzon Diaz, Ryan Verdugo, Sean Halton, Sounds, Sugar Ray Marimon
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