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Nashville Sounds rally for three runs in the Tenth to beat Round Rock Express, 7-4
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Saturday, July 4, 2015 @ 11:11 pm In Sports | No Comments
Round Rock, TX – The Nashville offense provided the fireworks on Independence Day, launching four solo home runs in their 7-4 (10) victory over Round Rock at Dell Diamond.
For the second straight night, Jake Smolinski gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead. The solo blast came in his first at bat against his former team. The outfielder joined the Sounds after the Oakland A’s claimed him off waivers from the Texas Rangers on June 21st.
In a span of just four pitches, Jason Pridie, Dayan Viciedo and Max Muncy all went deep off of Express starter Alec Asher, extending the Sounds lead to 4-1.
Sounds starter Zach Neal had it going on Saturday night. The right-hander used just 77 pitches, 59 of which were strikes, to get through seven innings. Neal didn’t walk an Express batter and struck out three. His only blemish on the night was a solo homer to Thomas Field in the fifth.
Arnold Leon recorded the first two outs of the eighth, but then surrendered three straight hits, including an RBI single to Jared Hoying, before striking out highly-touted Rangers prospect Joey Gallo to get out of the jam. Ryan Cook came in for the save and looked to have things locked up – till they were not. With two-outs and a runner on, Chris Gimenez hit his 5th homer of the season to send the game into extra-innings.
The Sounds wasted no time reclaiming the lead off of PCL All-Star Jon Edwards. Smolinski delivered the go-ahead RBI, doubling in Muncy, who had doubled the at bat prior. Smolinski then scored on an RBI single by catcher Carson Blair. Blair also would come around to score on a double by Joey Wendle. The steady second baseman had a nice night, going 3-for-6 with two doubles.
Jim Fuller retired the top of the Express order 1-2-3 to record his first save. Cook earned the win, improving to 4-1.
The teams will play the second game of the series tomorrow. Cody Martin (0-0, 0.00) is expected to make his Sounds’ debut. The right-hander was acquired for international bonus slot 53 from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Phil Klein (1-0, 1.50) will get the ball for Round Rock. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Nashville Sounds (38-45) 7, Round Rock Express (47-34) 4
|Round Rock Express||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||2||0||4||8||1|
|Roberts, R, DH||4||0||0||0||2||1||4||.294|
|Blair, C, C||5||1||2||1||0||3||1||.375|
|Romero, N, SS||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.264|
|Leon, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Wendle 2 (23, Asher, Claudio), Smolinski 2 (11, Lamb, W, Edwards, J), Muncy (6, Edwards, J).
HR: Smolinski (6, 2nd inning off Asher, 0 on, 2 out), Pridie (9, 6th inning off Asher, 0 on, 2 out), Viciedo (1, 6th inning off Asher, 0 on, 2 out), Muncy (2, 6th inning off Asher, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Wendle 5; Romero, N; Viciedo 5; Pridie 4; Smolinski 8; Blair, C 2; Muncy 6.
RBI: Smolinski 2 (23), Pridie (48), Viciedo (3), Muncy (11), Blair, C (1), Wendle (37).
2-out RBI: Smolinski; Pridie; Viciedo; Muncy; Wendle.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pridie 4; Blair, C; Roberts, R 2.
GIDP: Roberts, R.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
CS: Gentry (4, 2nd base by Mendez/Nicholas).
|Lamb, W, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Edwards, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Gallo (1, Neal), Weems (3, Neal).
HR: Field (7, 5th inning off Neal, 0 on, 0 out), Gimenez (5, 9th inning off Cook, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Nicholas; Gimenez 4; Weems 3; Gallo 2; Field 4; Strausborger; Hoying.
RBI: Field (22), Hoying (45), Gimenez 2 (22).
2-out RBI: Hoying; Gimenez 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Choice; Gallo 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
E: Mendez (1, throw).
|Leon, A (H, 2)||1.0||3||1||1||0||2||0||3.66|
|Cook (BS, 4)(W, 4-1)||1.0||2||2||2||1||1||1||3.96|
|Fuller (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.55|
|Edwards, J (L, 0-1)||0.2||4||3||3||0||1||0||2.45|
Game Scores: Neal 70, Asher 45.
HBP: Romero, N (by Ohlendorf).
Pitches-strikes: Neal 77-59, Leon, A 20-12, Cook 25-14, Fuller 16-11, Asher 87-58, Ohlendorf 34-20, Lamb, W 17-10, Mendez 21-10, Edwards, J 23-15, Claudio 7-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Neal 11-5, Leon, A 0-1, Cook 1-1, Fuller 0-1, Asher 9-3, Ohlendorf 0-0, Lamb, W 1-0, Mendez 0-1, Edwards, J 0-0, Claudio 0-1.
Batters faced: Neal 24, Leon, A 6, Cook 6, Fuller 3, Asher 25, Ohlendorf 6, Lamb, W 4, Mendez 5, Edwards, J 6, Claudio 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Claudio 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Bryan Fields. 1B: Stu Scheurwater. 3B: Thomas Newsom.
Weather: 89 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 18 mph, Out to LF.
Venue: Dell Diamond.
July 4th, 2015
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