Snap Four-Game Losing Streak vs. Round Rock
Nashville, TN – Behind a monster six-run fourth inning where the home team batted around, the Nashville Sounds defeated the Round Rock Express, 8-6, Friday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Express got out to an early lead in this one. Hanser Alberto dropped a bunt single and went to third via a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Tomas Telis. Alberto then scored on an RBI groundout by Michael Choice and the Sounds were trailing just minutes into the contest.
The Sounds wasted no time answering right back. Joey Wendle continued his assault on the Pacific Coast League with an RBI double that plated Craig Gentry. Wendle would score on a Ryan Roberts single and the Sounds finished the first frame down just one run.
The Sounds took the lead for good in the fourth inning. After Kent Matthes drew a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to one. The stage was set for Sounds shortstop Andy Parrino, who doubled to give the Sounds the lead. Anthony Aliotti then grounded out, picking up his 10th RBI of the season as Matthes scored.
Next man up, Gentry, hit a broken bat dribbler at Alberto who made a great play to field the ball, but then threw the ball wide of first and another run scored. Jason Pridie would single for the second time in the inning, scoring Gentry and the Sounds led 8-4.
Parker’s night came to an abrupt end with two outs in the sixth. While pitching to Tomas Telis, a Parker offering went ten feet wide of home plate and he went down in a heap. The veteran, who’s on a minor league rehab stint after missing the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, left the game with an undisclosed arm injury.
Hoying had a chance at the cycle in the ninth. Needing just a double against Ryan Cook, Hoying hit into a 6-3 double play. Cook would earn his second save of the season, getting the next batter to pop-up to Roberts and the Sounds won in front of a sellout crowd of 10,111.
Round Rock (17-11) will be back to play game two tomorrow night at First Tennessee Park. The Sounds (11-17) will send Arnold Leon (0-1, 5.65) to the bump. He will be opposed by Texas Rangers prospect Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez (1-4, 5.33). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Nashville Sounds (11-17) 8, Round Rock Express (17-11) 6
|Round Rock Express||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||6||12||1|
|Adams, T, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Mendoza, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jackson, L, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Alberto (2, Parker).
3B: Field (1, Parker), Hoying (5, Parker).
HR: Hoying (5, 1st inning off Parker, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Gimenez; Adams, T; Alberto 5; Field 4; Hoying 8; Telis.
RBI: Choice (9), Hoying 2 (17), Alberto (6).
2-out RBI: Alberto.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gimenez 2; Telis 3; Lucas.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Field (2, 2nd base off Parker/Anderson, B), Hoying (5, 2nd base off Parker/Anderson, B), Gimenez (1, 2nd base off Venditte/Anderson, B).FIELDING
E: Lucas (2, throw).
|Roberts, R, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.295|
|Anderson, B, C||3||1||0||0||1||2||1||.217|
2B: Wendle (10, Wolf), Matthes (8, Wolf), Roberts, R (5, Wolf), Parrino (5, Wolf).
TB: Wendle 2; Roberts, R 3; Pridie 2; Gentry; Matthes 3; Parrino 2.
RBI: Wendle (20), Roberts, R (3), Matthes (15), Parrino 2 (8), Aliotti (10), Pridie (18).
2-out RBI: Roberts, R; Pridie.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Roberts, R; Wendle 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Gentry (1, 3rd base off Mendoza, F/Gimenez).FIELDING
E: Roberts, R (2, throw), Parrino (7, throw).
|Wolf (L, 4-2)||3.1||7||8||7||3||1||0||8.17|
|Parker (W, 1-0)||5.2||10||5||4||1||3||1||6.30|
|Venditte (H, 1)||2.0||2||1||1||1||2||0||1.47|
|Frankoff (H, 1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.91|
|Cook (S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
Game Scores: Wolf 14, Parker 33.
HBP: Wendle (by Mendoza, F).
Pitches-strikes: Wolf 63-38, Mendoza, F 28-20, Reyes 21-11, Jackson, L 16-10, Scheppers 20-12, Parker 87-54, Venditte 31-20, Frankoff 2-1, Cook 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wolf 6-2, Mendoza, F 0-1, Reyes 0-2, Jackson, L 1-1, Scheppers 1-0, Parker 8-5, Venditte 1-2, Frankoff 1-0, Cook 1-0.
Batters faced: Wolf 19, Mendoza, F 7, Reyes 4, Jackson, L 3, Scheppers 5, Parker 28, Venditte 9, Frankoff 1, Cook 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Mendoza, F 1-1, Venditte 1-0, Frankoff 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Adam Schwarz. 1B: Thomas Newsom. 3B: Stu Scheurwater.
Weather: 86 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
May 8th, 2015