Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville’s Michael Blazek Serves Up Quality Start; Matt Clark and Sean Halton Homer
Nashville, TN -The first-place Nashville Sounds (58-51) had their win streak end at five games, as the Oklahoma City RedHawks mounted a four-run rally in the 9th inning to win 6-5 Sunday night at Greer Stadium.
With Sounds reliever Rob Wooten (0-1) on the hill in the 9th, the RedHawks pulled to within one run via a pair of RBI singles by Matt Duffy and Max Stassi, but it was nine-hole hitter Joe Schlafani who provided the game-winning blast: a two-out double off the right field wall that scored two runs. Stassi scored from first on the play, barely beating out the throw from the outfield.
Wooten was charged with a blown save and his first loss of the year.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Sounds offense rattled off five runs behind starting pitcher Michael Blazek, who delivered his best outing of the season to help keep the RedHawks at bay for the first six innings.
The righty limited the RedHawks to four hits and fanned two, before leaving with the lead. Blazek’s start drops his ERA from 4.41 to 4.15 on the year.
Sounds starting pitchers hold a 1.00 ERA (4 earned runs in 36 innings pitched) in seven games this homestand.
Sounds first baseman Matt Clark tied the game 1-1 in the 2nd inning by lifting his third home run of the year over the left-field wall. The solo shot answered the RedHawks’ run from Austin Wates’ RBI single in the first inning.
RedHawks starting pitcher Nick Tropeano uncorked a wild pitch in the 3rd inning that allowed Pete Orr to score from third base, giving Nashville a one-run advantage.
Sean Halton added a pair of runs for Nashville with his home run off the top-half of the guitar scoreboard beyond the right field wall, estimated at 430 feet. In the 6th inning, infielder Jason Rogers connected for an RBI double to make it a 5-1 game.
The RedHawks picked up their second run off of Sounds reliever Arcenio Leon in the 8th inning, before Wooten entered in the 9th.
With all three division rivals winning Sunday, the Sounds enter Monday with only a 1 1/2 game division lead.
The Sounds look to win the series against Oklahoma City RedHawks on Monday night at Greer Stadium. Game starts at 7:05pm CT. RHP Ariel Pena (7-6, 4.53) will make the start for Nashville opposite the RedHawks’ RHP Mike Foltynewicz (7-6, 5.12). Jeff Hem will have the call on 102.5 The GAME.
July 27, 2014
|Oklahoma City RedHawks||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||6||9||2|
|Villar, J, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Santana, D, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.283|
|Perez, C, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.256|
|De Leon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Sclafani (1, Wooten).
TB: Villar, J 2; Sclafani 2; Torreyes; Duffy; Stassi 2; Wates 2.
RBI: Wates (28), Torreyes (34), Duffy (28), Stassi (35), Sclafani 2 (8).
2-out RBI: Stassi; Sclafani 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duffy; Mier.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Villar, J (11, 2nd base off Blazek/Zarraga), Wates 2 (30, 2nd base off Blazek/Zarraga, 2nd base off Wooten/Zarraga).
PO: Villar, J (1st base by Blazek).FIELDING
E: De Leon (1, pickoff), Sclafani (4, fielding).
DP: (Duffy-Villar, J-Duffy).
|Rogers, J, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.280|
|Clark, M, 1B||3||2||1||1||1||1||2||.274|
|1-Gomez, H, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Leon, Ar, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Zarraga in the 9th.|
2B: Orr (16, Tropeano), Velez (20, De Leon), Rogers, J (4, De Leon), Zarraga (2, Stoffel).
HR: Clark, M (3, 2nd inning off Tropeano, 0 on, 0 out), Halton (6, 4th inning off Tropeano, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Clark, M 4; Velez 2; Zarraga 2; Orr 3; Rogers, J 2; Halton 4.
RBI: Clark, M (11), Halton 2 (48), Rogers, J (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl 2; Halton; Falu.
Team RISP: 1-for-12.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Velez (22, 2nd base off Stoffel/Perez, C).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gindl (Torreyes at 2nd base).
Pickoffs: Blazek (Villar, J at 1st base).
|Stoffel (W, 3-3)||2.0||1||0||0||1||3||0||2.81|
|Wooten (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)||1.0||4||4||4||1||1||0||7.00|
WP: Tropeano, Leon, Ar.
HBP: Stassi (by Blazek).
Pitches-strikes: Tropeano 76-46, De Leon 18-11, Bass 7-5, Stoffel 41-25, Blazek 82-50, Leon, Ar 23-18, Wooten 29-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Tropeano 4-3, De Leon 2-0, Bass 2-0, Stoffel 4-0, Blazek 4-6, Leon, Ar 3-0, Wooten 0-2.
Batters faced: Tropeano 19, De Leon 5, Bass 4, Stoffel 9, Blazek 22, Leon, Ar 7, Wooten 8.
Ejections: Oklahoma City RedHawks second baseman Ronald Torreyes ejected by 2B umpire Greg Stanzak (8th)
Umpires: HP: Ryan Blakney. 1B: Alberto Ruiz. 2B: Greg Stanzak. 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 92 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 15 mph, R to L.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
July 27, 2014