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Nashville Sounds lose 1-0 to Round Rock Express at First Tennessee Park

 

Crowd of 10,373 Helps Nashville Record Back-To-Back Sellouts For First Time Since 2005

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – In front of 10,373 fans, the Sounds collected just four hits and were shutout, as Round Rock stole the second game of the series at First Tennessee Park on Saturday night, 1-0.

Pairing last night’s occupancy of 10,111 with Saturday night’s crowd marked the first back-to-back sellouts that the Sounds have had since the 2005 season (August 19th-20th).

Overall, it was the third time that First Tennessee Park has hosted a sellout crowd through the first 14 games after doing so just twice all of last season.

Nashville Sounds Baseball

After struggling to begin the year, Nashville’s starting pitching staff has been terrific, and Saturday night was no different.

Arnold Leon came into the matchup with favorable career numbers against the Express (2-0, 0.69), and the dominance continued. He notched his second consecutive quality start with 6.0 innings, five hits, one run and one walk. Leon also tied a staff season-high by fanning nine batters (Chris Bassitt, April 14th at OKC).

Round Rock plated the only run off Leon in the sixth courtesy of a Rock Shoulders’ blast over the right field wall. The right-hander labored a bit through the frame, but escaped a bases loaded jam and struck out the side to keep thing close.

Sean Nolin made his second rehab outing for Nashville in relief of Leon and threw 2.0 scoreless frames with no runs and a strikeout. Ryan Verdugo walked a pair but worked his way out of the ninth with no damage.

Craig Gentry batted in the leadoff position for the third game since joining the Sounds and collected the team’s only multi-hit performance. All four hits from Nashville were singles, as Andy Parrino and Kent Matthes joined Gentry as the only other Sounds’ batters to notch a base hit. Nashville never got a batter past first base and it was the second time this homestand that Nashville has been blanked.

The Sounds and Express will battle in the 2:05pm contest Sunday afternoon. Lefty Barry Zito (0-3, 5.74) will be trying to record his first win of the season and is scheduled to be opposed by Round Rock’s Jerad Eickhoff.

Box Score

Round Rock Express (18-11) 1, Nashville Sounds (11-18) 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0




Round Rock AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Alberto, SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 .260
Telis, C 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .349
Moreland, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .000
Hoying, CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .281
Field, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .307
Lucas, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 .306
Choice, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .179
Nicholas, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .170
Shoulders, LF 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .250
Gonzalez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Fujikawa, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Mendez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Freeman, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Edwards, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 1 7 1 5 10 17 .271
BATTING
HR: Shoulders (1, 6th inning off Leon, A, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Nicholas; Shoulders 4; Alberto; Field; Hoying; Telis 2.
RBI: Shoulders (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Choice; Lucas 2; Alberto.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
CS: Telis (2, 2nd base by Nolin/Anderson, B).FIELDING
DP: 3 (Alberto-Field-Nicholas 2, Field-Alberto-Nicholas).
Pickoffs: Freeman, S (Gentry at 1st base).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gentry, CF 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .273
Wendle, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 .284
Freiman, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .056
Roberts, R, 3B 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .283
Anderson, B, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .209
Matthes, LF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .271
Parrino, SS 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 .257
Carson, M, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .169
Aliotti, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .270
Leon, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Nolin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Verdugo, R, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 0 4 0 4 7 11 .263
BATTING
TB: Gentry 2; Matthes; Parrino.
GIDP: Freiman 2, Anderson, B.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
CS: Gentry (1, 2nd base by Freeman, S/Telis).
PO: Gentry (1st base by Freeman, S).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Matthes (Alberto at 2nd base).

 

 

Round Rock IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gonzalez (W, 2-4) 5.0 2 0 0 2 5 0 4.50
Fujikawa (H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.32
Mendez (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Freeman, S (H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.23
Edwards, J (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.69
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 4 7 0 4.10

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leon, A (L, 0-2) 6.0 5 1 1 2 9 1 4.43
Nolin 2.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Verdugo, R 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4.00
Totals 9.0 7 1 1 5 10 1 3.88

 

Game Scores: Gonzalez 66, Leon, A 65.
WP: Leon, A 2.
Pitches-strikes: Gonzalez 92-57, Fujikawa 14-9, Mendez 15-6, Freeman, S 13-10, Edwards, J 13-5, Leon, A 96-64, Nolin 27-18, Verdugo, R 19-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gonzalez 7-0, Fujikawa 1-0, Mendez 1-1, Freeman, S 1-0, Edwards, J 1-0, Leon, A 2-6, Nolin 2-1, Verdugo, R 0-1.
Batters faced: Gonzalez 18, Fujikawa 3, Mendez 4, Freeman, S 3, Edwards, J 3, Leon, A 24, Nolin 8, Verdugo, R 5.
Umpires: HP: Thomas Newsom. 1B: Stu Scheurwater. 3B: Adam Schwarz.
Weather: 87 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 2:43.
Att: 10,373.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
May 9th, 2015


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