Nashville Sounds Baseball
Losing Streak Reaches Season-High Five Games for Sounds
Las Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas 51s plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to hang an 8-7 loss on the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday evening at Cashman Field in the opener of a four-game series.
The Las Vegas rally, which came against Sounds closer Donovan Hand, occurred after Hunter Morris had belted a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth to stake the Sounds to a 7-6 advantage, the club’s first lead in five games.
The heartbreaking defeat extended Nashville’s losing streak to a season-high five games.Las Vegas grabbed a 4-0 first-inning lead by belting a pair of home runs off Sounds starter Michael Blazek. Second baseman Daniel Muno put the home team on the board with a one-out solo homer, the infielder’s eighth of the year, before Brandon Allen added a two-out, three-run shot to right.
The 51s tacked on another run in the second by taking advantage of a fielding error by Nashville second baseman Irving Falu. Muno singled home pitcher Joel Carreno, who had reached on the gaff.
Nashville jumped on the scoreboard in the fifth to snap a 13 2/3-inning scoreless stretch for the club. Robinzon Diaz (3-for-4) singled with one out against Carreno and raced home to score on Logan Schafer’s two-out triple to center. Jeff Bianchi later added a two-run homer to left, his third of the year.
Las Vegas extended its lead to 6-3 in the home half of the fifth when Cory Vaughn delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle off Sounds reliever Brent Leach to bring home Allan Dyskstra, who was plunked to open the frame.
Carreno worked a quality start for the 51s, holding the Sounds to three runs while striking out eight batters over his six innings of action, but took a no-decision for his efforts.
After leaving a pair of runners in scoring position during a scoreless seventh, the Sounds broke through to tie the game with a three-run eighth inning against Ryan Reid.
Sean Halton led off with a single, moved to third on a Caleb Gindl single, and scored from third on a passed ball. After pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida drew a walk and Hector Gomez moved the runners into scoring position with a groundout, Diaz leveled the contest at 6-6 with a two-run single up the middle that chased Reid from the contest.
Morris led off the ninth with his team-leading ninth home run of the year, a blast to right off Las Vegas reliever Buddy Carlyle.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a comebacker to Hand and the hurler had Nieuwenhuis caught in a rundown between second and third, but he delivered the ball late to second and both runners were safe on the fielder’s choice. Cesar Puello followed with a game-tying RBI double and, three batters later following a groundout and an intentional walk to load the bases, Vaughn slapped a game-ending single to center.
The teams continue the series with another 9:05pm CT matchup on Wednesday night. Right-hander Taylor Jungmann (2-3, 6.12) will make the start for the Sounds and face Las Vegas right-hander Logan Verrett (5-2, 4.79).
June 17, 2014
|Las Vegas 51s||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||8||12||0|
Two out when winning run scored.
|Schafer, L, CF||5||1||3||1||0||1||1||.368|
|Morris, H, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||0||5||.273|
|a-Green, T, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Hand, D, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gomez, H, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||3||5||.249|
|Diaz, R, C||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.246|
|a-Doubled for Leach in the 6th. b-Walked for Jeffress in the 8th.|
2B: Green, T (9, Carreno).
3B: Schafer, L (2, Carreno).
HR: Bianchi (3, 5th inning off Carreno, 1 on, 2 out), Morris, H (9, 9th inning off Carlyle, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Falu; Orr; Bianchi 5; Schafer, L 5; Diaz, R 3; Halton 2; Morris, H 4; Gindl 2; Green, T 2.
RBI: Schafer, L (2), Bianchi 2 (9), Diaz, R 2 (12), Morris, H (32).
2-out RBI: Schafer, L; Bianchi 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton; Morris, H 3; Gomez, H 2; Bianchi.
SAC: Hand, D.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Bianchi (2, 2nd base off Carreno/d’Arnaud, T), Schafer, L (1, 2nd base off Reid/d’Arnaud, T).FIELDING
E: Falu (5, fielding).
Pickoffs: Leach (Satin at 1st base).
|d’Arnaud, T, C||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.395|
|a-Struck out for Carreno in the 6th. b-Popped out for Rice in the 8th.|
2B: Nieuwenhuis (12, Blazek), Allen (4, Blazek), d’Arnaud, T (3, Jeffress), Puello (8, Hand, D).
HR: Muno (8, 1st inning off Blazek, 0 on, 1 out), Allen (6, 1st inning off Blazek, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Allen 6; Satin; Puello 2; Nieuwenhuis 3; d’Arnaud, T 3; Muno 5; Vaughn 2.
RBI: Muno 2 (32), Allen 3 (20), Vaughn 2 (8), Puello (15).
2-out RBI: Allen 3; Vaughn 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: d’Arnaud, T; Vaughn; Allen.
Team RISP: 6-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
PO: Satin (1st base by Leach).FIELDING
PB: d’Arnaud, T (1).
Outfield assists: Nieuwenhuis (Falu at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Nieuwenhuis-Quintanilla-Dykstra, Dykstra).
|Hand, D (L, 1-3)||1.2||3||2||2||1||1||0||5.08|
|Reid (BS, 1)||1.1||5||3||3||1||1||0||3.72|
|Carlyle (W, 2-1)||1.0||2||1||1||0||1||1||1.42|
IBB: Allen (by Hand, D).
HBP: Nieuwenhuis (by Blazek), Dykstra (by Leach).
Pitches-strikes: Blazek 77-45, Leach 23-12, Jeffress 33-22, Hand, D 30-20, Carreno 93-64, Reid 33-19, Rice 7-6, Carlyle 10-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blazek 4-2, Leach 1-0, Jeffress 3-0, Hand, D 3-0, Carreno 4-3, Reid 2-0, Rice 1-1, Carlyle 1-0.
Batters faced: Blazek 20, Leach 6, Jeffress 7, Hand, D 10, Carreno 25, Reid 10, Rice 3, Carlyle 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Leach 2-0, Rice 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Nick Mahrley. 1B: Kolin Kline. 3B: Brandon Henson.
Weather: 91 degrees, clear.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: Cashman Field.
June 17, 2014