Nashville, TN – In a battle of first-place clubs, the Nashville Sounds blew out the Sacramento River Cats, 14-2, on Sunday evening at Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
The 14 runs scored were the most for the Sounds this season. Six Nashville batters recorded multiple-hit efforts during the club’s 16-hit attack, which included a season-high four home runs.With the win, the Sounds (74-61) maintained their first place tie with Memphis, which defeated Fresno, with nine games to play in the season.
Hunter Morris paced the Nashville offense with a 3-for-5, three-RBI evening. Matt Clark homered during a 2-for-4, three-RBI evening to extend his hitting streak to 14 games for the Sounds. Sean Halton, Jeremy Hermida, and Logan Schafer also homered for Nashville in the victory.
Michael Blazek (4-4) won for the third time in the last five starts by tossing a quality start for the Sounds. The right-hander held the River Cats to two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. In nine home starts at Greer Stadium, Blazek has posted a 2.08 ERA (9er/39.0ip).
The Sounds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when Morris led off with a single against River Cats starter Angel Castro and later scored on Pete Orr’s RBI single.
Sacramento took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Anthony Aliotti was hit by a pitch and raced around to score when Shane Peterson followed with a double to the left-center gap, his PCL-leading 37th two-bagger of the year. Peterson later scored on a two-out Alden Carrithers single off Blazek.
Nashville answered the Cats’ two-run rally with one of its own in the home half of the inning. Jason Rogers (3-for-4), who missed the cycle by a homer, led off with a triple to right and tied the game when he scored on a Morris groundout. Halton powered the Sounds to a 3-2 advantage when he launched a massive solo homer to left, the slugger’s seventh big fly of the year.
In the sixth, Clark, who is hitting .482 (27-for-56) during his 14-game streak, stroked a leadoff double and upped the Nashville lead to 4-2 when he scored on a Morris single.
The Sounds blew the game open with their biggest inning of the year, an eight-run, seventh-inning outburst against a trio of River Cats hurlers that stretched the lead to 12-2. Clark and Jeremy Hermida each delivered three-run homers during the frame; the blasts accounted for each slugger’s 13th roundtripper of the year.
Nashville closed out the night’s scoring in the eighth when Schafer swatted a solo homer, his first of the year, and Morris delivered a two-out RBI double.
The teams continue the homestand with a 7:05pm meeting on Monday.
Right-hander Billy Buckner (4-5, 5.54) will make his first start for the Sounds following a pair of hitless relief outings for the club. Sacramento will counter with right-hander Zach Neal (6-7, 4.53).
August 24, 2014
|Sacramento River Cats||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||5||1|
|Martinez, Jos, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.266|
|Martinez, L, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Burns, B, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.136|
|Castro, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Healy, T, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Peterson 2 (38, Blazek, Leon, Ar).
TB: Peterson 4; Carrithers 2; Buss.
RBI: Peterson (86), Carrithers (50).
2-out RBI: Carrithers.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Peterson; Ortiz; Buss; Barton 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Buss (13, 2nd base off Blazek/Pagnozzi).FIELDING
E: Castro, A (3, throw).
Outfield assists: Buss (Velez at home).
DP: 2 (Ladendorf-Martinez, Jos-Aliotti 2).
|Schafer, L, CF||4||2||1||1||1||0||0||.284|
|Clark, M, 1B||4||3||2||3||0||1||1||.333|
|Rogers, J, 3B||4||2||3||0||1||0||1||.307|
|Morris, H, DH||5||1||3||3||0||0||1||.285|
|Leon, Ar, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Rogers, J (9, Castro, A), Clark, M (9, Castro, A), Morris, H (20, Healy, T).
3B: Rogers, J (4, Castro, A).
HR: Halton (7, 4th inning off Castro, A, 0 on, 1 out), Clark, M (13, 7th inning off Savery, 2 on, 1 out), Hermida (13, 7th inning off Healy, T, 2 on, 2 out), Schafer, L (1, 8th inning off Healy, T, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Velez 2; Clark, M 6; Hermida 5; Orr 2; Schafer, L 4; Rogers, J 6; Halton 4; Morris, H 4.
RBI: Orr (39), Morris, H 3 (41), Halton (59), Clark, M 3 (33), Hermida 3 (59), Schafer, L (13).
2-out RBI: Hermida 3; Morris, H.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton 2.
GIDP: Pagnozzi, Halton.
Team RISP: 5-for-10.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
CS: Velez (15, 2nd base by Castro, A/Ortiz).FIELDING
DP: (Rogers, J-Velez-Clark, M).
|Castro, A (L, 9-8)||6.0||11||7||6||1||2||1||4.46|
|Blazek (W, 4-4)||6.1||3||2||2||2||1||0||4.05|
|Figaro (H, 7)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.57|
Castro, A pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.
HBP: Aliotti (by Blazek), Clark, M (by Healy, T).
Pitches-strikes: Castro, A 95-62, Savery 15-7, Healy, T 41-24, Blazek 83-52, Figaro 12-7, Leon, Ar 25-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Castro, A 8-4, Savery 0-1, Healy, T 1-3, Blazek 9-7, Figaro 0-1, Leon, Ar 3-0.
Batters faced: Castro, A 27, Savery 3, Healy, T 12, Blazek 25, Figaro 3, Leon, Ar 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Savery 1-1, Figaro 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Blake Davis. 1B: Roberto Ortiz. 2B: Marcus Pattillo. 3B: Scott Mahoney.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
August 24, 2014