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Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville, TN – Tacoma outfielder Jabari Blash homered for the third straight game to power the visiting Rainiers to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium.
The Sounds (38-33) suffered their third straight loss to Tacoma despite out-hitting the Rainiers, 11-6, on the afternoon.
Tacoma took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as a two-out walk came back to haunt Sounds starter Ariel Pena.After fanning the game’s first two batters, the right-hander issued a free pass to Ji-Man Choi, who promptly scored the afternoon’s first run on Nick Franklin’s ensuing RBI double to right-center.
The Rainiers doubled the lead to 2-0 in the second. Xavier Avery drew a one-out walk, stole a pair of bases, and scored on Abraham Almonte’s RBI single. Almonte finished 3-for-5 on the afternoon.
Pena lasted only three innings, tossing 85 pitches while matching a Sounds season high with six walks allowed. He gave up two runs on two hits and struck out five.
Nashville knotted the score at 2-2 in the home half of the fourth against Tacoma starter Forrest Snow. Sean Halton led off with a double, moved to third on Hunter Morris’ single, and scored the Sounds’ first run on a throwing error by Rainiers catcher Jesus Sucre. After advancing to third on a Hector Gomez single, Morris plated the tying run on a Taylor Green groundout.
Blash continued his monster series when he homered for the third straight game in the top of the seventh, belting a 434-foot homer over the neck of the guitar scoreboard in left-center to give the visitors a 4-2 cushion. The two-run blast off Arcenio Leon, which also plated Franklin (walk), was the slugger’s team-leading 12th of the year.
Leon (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering the go-ahead homer.
The Sounds mounted a rally in the ninth against Rainiers reliever Brandon Maurer. Gomez singled with one out and later scored on pinch-hitter Pete Orr’s two-out single to right to pull Nashville within a run at 4-3. With the potential tying run on first, Maurer recovered to retire Jeff Bianchi on a game-ending groundout to close out the victory and earn his third save of the year.
The Sounds will look to avoid a sweep when the teams wrap up the four-game set with a 7:05pm finale on Monday evening. PCL ERA leader Jimmy Nelson (7-1, 1.51) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face Tacoma right-hander Andrew Carraway (2-4, 4.99).
Tacoma Rainiers (30-39) 4, Nashville Sounds (38-33) 3
June 15, 2014
HBP: Blash (by Pena, A).
Pitches-strikes: Snow 75-56, Ruffin 26-19, Maurer 20-14, Pena, A 85-44, Heckathorn 46-27, Leon, Ar 42-28, Leach 10-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Snow 4-3, Ruffin 4-1, Maurer 3-0, Pena, A 2-0, Heckathorn 4-1, Leon, Ar 2-2, Leach 1-0.
Batters faced: Snow 23, Ruffin 9, Maurer 5, Pena, A 18, Heckathorn 12, Leon, Ar 10, Leach 3.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Morrow. 1B: Ryan Goodman. 3B: Nick Bailey.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
June 15, 2014
TopicsAbraham Almonte, Andrew Carraway, Arcenio Leon, Ariel Pena, Brandon Maurer, Forrest Snow, Greer Stadium, Hector Gomez, Hunter Morris, Jabari Blash, Jeff Bianchi, Jesus Sucre, Ji-Man Choi, Jimmy Nelson, Nashville, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Nick Franklin, Pacific Coast League, PCL, Pete Orr, Sean Halton, Sounds, Tacoma Rainiers, Taylor Green, Xavier Avery
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