Billy Burns Continues Hot Start in Sounds Loss
Oklahoma City, OK – For the third consecutive night, only one run separated the Nashville Sounds and Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. It was the Dodgers (6-2) who had the upper-hand on this night as they won 3-2.
After Kyle Jensen tacked on a seemingly innocuous solo home run to give the home team a 3-0 lead heading to the ninth, it appeared the Sounds were out for the count.
The Sounds had just five hits on the night at that point, four of which belonged to Billy Burns (2) and Tyler Ladendorf (2). Starter Zach Lee (2-0) pitched six innings striking out seven.
Together he and reliever Ryan Buchter stretched the Dodgers scoreless pitching streak to season-high sixteen innings. Then, suddenly, it all changed.
Burns (3-for-5) led off with a single off of Sergio Santos to start the ninth. For Burns it is his third straight multi-hit game, he is hitting .424 this season.
Joey Wendle (1-for-4) moved Burns to third with a single of his own. Max Muncy (2-for-4) then hit a double to plate them both. In just three batters, the Sounds had put the tying runner in scoring position with no outs.
Muncy moved to third on a fielder’s choice, but was ultimately stranded there when Jason Pridie struck out and David Aardsma came out of the pen to retire Andy Parrino on a fly-out to left.
Not to be outdone, the Sounds starting pitching tandem of Ryan Verdugo and Angel Castro put together one of the better starts of the road trip. Verdugo (1-1) went 3.1 innings yielding just one run before giving way to Castro who finished the game (4.2 IP, 4 H 2 ER, 4 K).
The game marked the end of an eight-game road trip for the Sounds (4-4) who return home to Nashville for what figures to be a magical homestand.
Baseball will come home Friday night when the Sounds host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (2-4) at the brand-new First Tennessee Park. First pitch for the home opener is scheduled for 7:05pm. Arnold Leon vs. Nick Additon is the expected pitching matchup.
Oklahoma City Dodgers (6-2) 3, Nashville Sounds (4-4) 2
April 16th, 2015
|Oklahoma City Dodgers||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||x||3||8||0|
|Burns, B, CF||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.424|
|Anderson, B, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.296|
|Romero, N, DH||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.227|
|Verdugo, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Castro, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Ladendorf (1, Lee), Muncy (3, Santos, S).
TB: Wendle; Ladendorf 3; Muncy 3; Burns, B 3.
RBI: Muncy 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parrino 2.
GIDP: Wendle, Romero, N.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
CS: Ladendorf (1, 2nd base by Buchter/Barnes, A).
PO: Ladendorf (1st base by Buchter).FIELDING
Pickoffs: Verdugo, R (Schebler at 1st base).
|Barnes, A, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.381|
|Hernandez, E, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.156|
|Carson, M, DH||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||.158|
|Santos, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Jensen (6, Verdugo, R).
HR: Jensen (1, 8th inning off Castro, A, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jensen 6; Heisey 2; Barney 2; Barnes, A; Britton.
RBI: Carson, M (2), Barney (1), Jensen (3).
2-out RBI: Barney.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Britton; Barnes, A.
SF: Carson, M.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Britton (1, 2nd base off Verdugo, R/Anderson, B).
CS: Schebler (1, 2nd base by Verdugo, R/Anderson, B).
PO: Schebler (1st base by Verdugo, R).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Barney-Hernandez, E-Dickson, Hernandez, E-Barney-Dickson).
Pickoffs: Buchter (Ladendorf at 1st base).
|Verdugo, R (L, 1-1)||3.1||4||1||1||1||2||0||2.57|
|Lee (W, 2-0)||6.0||4||0||0||0||7||0||0.75|
|Buchter (H, 3)||2.0||1||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|Santos, S (H, 3)||0.2||3||2||2||1||1||0||6.75|
|Aardsma (S, 2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.86|
Game Scores: Verdugo, R 49, Lee 71.
HBP: Carson, M (by Castro, A).
Pitches-strikes: Verdugo, R 65-41, Castro, A 68-40, Lee 81-57, Buchter 31-19, Santos, S 18-9, Aardsma 2-2.
Groundouts-flyouts: Verdugo, R 0-6, Castro, A 5-5, Lee 6-2, Buchter 1-1, Santos, S 1-0, Aardsma 0-1.
Batters faced: Verdugo, R 14, Castro, A 19, Lee 21, Buchter 6, Santos, S 6, Aardsma 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Castro, A 1-0, Aardsma 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Alex Ortiz. 1B: Shaun Lampe. 3B: Travis Eggert.
Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, Out to LF.
Venue: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
April 16, 2015