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Nashville Sounds split twinbill with Fresno Grizzlies at Greer Stadium Thursday night

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds (72-60) split their doubleheader with the Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium, dropping game one 8-4 and winning the nightcap 7-0.

The 8-4 defeat in the opener marked the first time in nine contests that Nashville had lost in doubleheader action at Greer this season.

Fresno left fielder Juan Perez (3-for-3) spotted the visitors a 1-0 lead with a one-out solo homer off Ariel Pena in the top of the first inning, the outfielder’s seventh big fly of the season.

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Logan Schafer led off the bottom of the first with a single to left to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest by a Sound this season, and later tied the game when he scored on a Jason Rogers groundout.

The Grizzlies blew the game open with a five-run outburst in the top of the second. Following an inning-opening walk to Jarrett Parker, Pena served up a two-run tater to Tony Abreu, the second-sacker’s seventh of the year. Fresno tacked on the final three runs in the frame after reliever Alfredo Figaro rook over for Pena on the hill. Perez lifted a sacrifice fly before Mark Minicozzi drilled a two-run double to the wall in left-center to make it a 5-1 contest.

Pena (9-8) lasted only 1 1/3 innings for the Sounds, his shortest start of the season. The right-hander took the loss after giving up six runs on three hits while walking three batters. All four of his outs recorded were strikeouts during his 57-pitch effort.

Irving Falu slugged his second home run of the year in the second inning for the Sounds, a one-out line drive to left off Grizzlies starter Mike Kickham.

The Sounds got another run back in the fourth when Nashville loaded the bases with one out on a Sean Halton walk sandwiched between singles by Matt Clark and Falu. Pinch-hitter Lucas May followed with an RBI single to center that brought in Clark to halve the Fresno lead to 6-3. Halton was thrown out at home while also attempting to score on the play.

Clark, who has been red-hot for the Sounds of late, made it a 6-4 game in the home half of the sixth when he launched a leadoff solo homer to right off Kickham, his 12th homer of the year. The infielder extended his best hitting streak of the year to 10 games with a 2-for-3 night;  he is hitting .475 (19-for-40) over that 10-game stretch.

Fresno added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh against Arcenio Leon when Perez doubled home Gary Brown and later scored on a Chris Dominguez sac fly.

Kickham (8-8) twirled a quality start to pick up the win for the Grizzlies. The southpaw held the Sounds to four runs (three earned) on six hits while fanning five over his six frames of action.

The Sounds didn’t go down without a fight against Grizzlies reliever Erik Cordier in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. However, the Fresno right-hander induced a game-ending popout from Halton to end the threat.

In the nightcap, the Sounds shut out the Grizzlies, 7-0, behind a stellar night on the hill by Taylor Jungmann (8-5).

Jungmann held the Grizzlies to two hits across six innings and fanned seven batters en route to his eighth win of the year. The 24-year-old fired set down his final 15 batters to improve his August ERA from 2.12 to 1.57 (4er/23.0ip).

After three and a half scoreless innings, Sounds third baseman Jason Rogers launched a solo home run over the left-field wall to give Nashville the 1-0 lead. The homer was his 12th long ball of the season.

The Sounds tacked on two more runs in the inning with a pair of two-out singles to first base.

Pete Orr hustled to the bag after grounding the ball to first, but Chris Dominguez was unable to step on first to record the out, allowing Matt Clark to score from third.

Second baseman Eugenio Velez followed with a chopper to first base to plate Hunter Morris, who made his first start as a Sound since being placed on the D.L. on July 4th.

Sounds catcher Adam Weisenburger doubled up the Sounds’ lead with his three-run home run in the home half of the fifth inning. The homer scored Morris, who hit a ground-rule double to get aboard, and Caleb Gindl.

Nashville held on to improve their record when scoring first at Greer Stadium to an impressive 35-2.

Nashville pitchers kept Fresno’s two hits in the park to break their streak of 11 consecutive games having allowed a home run. Reliever Dustin Molleken pitched a spotless seventh inning to combine for the shutout.

With hits in both games, including a broken-bat single to plate Nashville’s final run of the night in the sixth, Clark extended his season-best hit streak to 11 games.

The Sounds remain a half-game ahead of the Memphis Redbirds for first place in the division.

The teams continue the series with a 7:05pm contest on Friday. Right-hander Jay Jackson (0-2, 7.50) will toe the slab for the Sounds and face Fresno right-hander Chris Heston (10-8, 3.50).

Box Score – Game 1

Nashville Sounds (72-60) 7, Fresno Grizzlies (64-69) 0
August 21, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 3 3 1 x 7 11 0

 

Fresno AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Brown, G, CF 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 .268
Ford, D, LF 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .291
Minicozzi, 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .296
a-Perez, J, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .338
Dominguez, C, 3B-1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .269
Colvin, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .238
Hicks, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .194
Noonan, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
Brown, T, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .346
Dunning, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
Reifer, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Parker, J, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239
Carignan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 22 0 2 0 2 8 8 .270
a-Struck out for Minicozzi in the 1st. b-Flied out for Reifer in the 6th.
BATTING
2B: Brown, G (21, Jungmann).
TB: Colvin; Brown, G 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dominguez, C; Brown, T.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
SB: Ford, D (33, 2nd base off Jungmann/Weisenburger).
CS: Brown, G (17, 3rd base by Jungmann/Weisenburger).
PO: Brown, G (2nd base by Jungmann).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Orr, SS-2B 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 .301
Velez, 2B-LF 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .322
Hermida, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 5 .257
Rogers, J, 3B 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 .310
Clark, M, LF-1B 4 1 2 1 0 2 1 .320
Morris, H, 1B 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 .277
1-Falu, PR-SS 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .290
Gindl, CF 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 .232
Weisenburger, C 3 1 1 3 0 0 5 .286
Jungmann, P 3 0 1 0 0 2 3 .273
Molleken, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 7 11 7 4 11 18 .266
1-Ran for Morris, H in the 5th.
BATTING
2B: Morris, H (18, Reifer).
3B: Velez (4, Carignan).
HR: Rogers, J (9, 4th inning off Dunning, 0 on, 0 out), Weisenburger (1, 5th inning off Reifer, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Velez 4; Clark, M 2; Rogers, J 4; Weisenburger 4; Jungmann; Orr; Morris, H 3; Gindl.
RBI: Rogers, J (34), Orr (38), Velez (49), Weisenburger 3 (3), Clark, M (30).
2-out RBI: Orr; Velez; Weisenburger 3; Clark, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Weisenburger; Hermida 3; Falu.
SAC: Orr.
Team RISP: 5-for-13.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
Pickoffs: Jungmann (Brown, G at 2nd base).

 

 

Fresno IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dunning (L, 0-2) 3.0 4 3 3 2 6 1 4.82
Reifer 2.0 5 3 3 1 3 1 6.17
Carignan 1.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 3.86
Totals 6.0 11 7 7 4 11 2 4.33

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jungmann (W, 8-5) 6.0 2 0 0 1 7 0 4.22
Molleken 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.19
Totals 7.0 2 0 0 2 8 0 3.69


Dunning pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

WP: Reifer.
Pitches-strikes: Dunning 61-43, Reifer 49-32, Carignan 31-17, Jungmann 77-47, Molleken 21-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Dunning 3-0, Reifer 1-0, Carignan 0-0, Jungmann 4-2, Molleken 1-0.
Batters faced: Dunning 15, Reifer 12, Carignan 6, Jungmann 20, Molleken 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Reifer 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Ryan Goodman. 1B: Jeff Morrow. 3B: Nick Bailey.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 2:29.
Att: 6,499.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
August 21, 2014

Box Score – Game 2

Fresno Grizzlies (64-68) 8, Nashville Sounds (71-60) 4
August 21, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 8 9 2
Nashville Sounds 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 6 0

 


 

Fresno AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Brown, G, CF 3 2 1 0 1 2 1 .267
Perez, J, LF 3 2 3 3 0 0 0 .340
Minicozzi, 1B 4 0 1 2 0 1 3 .297
Dominguez, C, SS 3 0 0 1 0 2 1 .271
Parker, J, RF 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 .244
Abreu, 2B 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 .284
Noonan, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .244
Quiroz, C 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 .276
Kickham, P 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 .111
Cordier, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 8 9 8 3 11 7 .271
BATTING
2B: Minicozzi (16, Figaro), Perez, J (11, Leon, Ar).
HR: Perez, J (7, 1st inning off Pena, A, 0 on, 1 out), Abreu (7, 2nd inning off Pena, A, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Quiroz 2; Abreu 5; Brown, G; Minicozzi 2; Perez, J 7.
RBI: Perez, J 3 (24), Abreu 2 (32), Minicozzi 2 (62), Dominguez, C (77).
2-out RBI: Minicozzi 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dominguez, C; Minicozzi.
SF: Perez, J; Dominguez, C.
GIDP: Noonan.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
E: Dominguez, C (14, fielding), Noonan (13, fielding).
Outfield assists: Brown, G (Halton at home).
DP: (Dominguez, C-Abreu-Minicozzi).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 .289
Velez, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .320
Hermida, RF 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 .261
Rogers, J, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 1 3 .307
Clark, M, 1B 3 2 2 1 1 0 2 .315
Halton, LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 .286
Pagnozzi, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .223
Falu, SS 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 .291
Pena, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .042
Figaro, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
a-May, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .200
Buckner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
b-Morris, H, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273
Leon, Ar, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 4 6 4 5 6 18 .265
a-Singled for Figaro in the 4th. b-Grounded out for Buckner in the 6th.
BATTING
HR: Falu (2, 2nd inning off Kickham, 0 on, 1 out), Clark, M (12, 6th inning off Kickham, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Clark, M 5; Falu 5; May; Schafer, L.
RBI: Rogers, J (33), Falu (16), May (2), Clark, M (29).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton 3; Schafer, L.
GIDP: Rogers, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
DP: (Velez-Falu-Clark, M).

 

 

Fresno IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kickham (W, 8-8) 6.0 6 4 3 3 5 2 4.23
Cordier 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3.75
Totals 7.0 6 4 3 5 6 2 4.30

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pena, A (L, 9-8) 1.1 3 6 6 3 4 2 4.56
Figaro 2.2 4 0 0 0 3 0 3.72
Buckner 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5.54
Leon, Ar 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 6.00
Totals 7.0 9 8 8 3 11 2 3.71

 

 



WP: Cordier.
HBP: Rogers, J (by Cordier).
Pitches-strikes: Kickham 104-62, Cordier 24-12, Pena, A 57-34, Figaro 40-27, Buckner 20-14, Leon, Ar 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kickham 8-3, Cordier 1-0, Pena, A 0-0, Figaro 2-1, Buckner 1-0, Leon, Ar 2-0.
Batters faced: Kickham 27, Cordier 6, Pena, A 10, Figaro 11, Buckner 6, Leon, Ar 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Figaro 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Nick Bailey. 1B: Ryan Goodman. 3B: Jeff Morrow.
Weather: 94 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 2:35.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
August 21, 2014


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