Aaron Kurcz, R.J. Alvarez Star, Hurl 4.1 Scoreless Out of Pen
Papillion, NB – Nashville scored a run in the eighth and two in the ninth, coming from behind to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 5-3 at Werner Park on Monday night.
Brett Eibner and Omaha got on the scoreboard first when the Storm Chasers left fielder took Cody Martin deep in the second inning, tallying his 16th home run of the campaign. The home team would then extend their lead to 3-0 on a Francisco Pena two-run double a couple innings later.
Nashville began to chip away at the lead in the fifth. Andy Parrino and Bryan Anderson reached base and Niuman Romero came to the dish.The Sounds utilityman has been red-hot as of late and continued to see the ball well on this night, singling to score Parrino, while Anderson took third on a Paulo Orlando throwing error. Next batter Jason Pridie drove in the long-haired catcher with an RBI groundout to make the deficit just one.
After throwing 102 pitches, Martin’s day came to an end after 4 and 2/3 innings. Aaron Kurcz entered and was massive in relief for Nashville throwing 2 and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to keep the visitors in the game.
Ryan Roberts led off the sixth with a double but was stranded and the score remained 3-2. Not wanting to leave things to chance again, “The Tatman” put a charge into Scott Alexander’s offering, tying the game at three with his sixth homer of the season in his very next at bat.
The Sounds finished the comeback in the ninth, following the same formula they used in the fifth. Parrino and Anderson reached base and Romero hit a tapper in front of the plate. Pena attempted to throw Romero out at first, but threw wildly and Parrino scored the go-ahead run. Joey Wendle added an insurance run, singling in Romero.
R.J. Alvarez (3-3) earned the win in his first outing since being optioned back to Nashville. The hard-throwing right-hander retired all six batters he faced, striking out three of them.
The two teams will wrap up their series tomorrow afternoon at Werner Park. Brad Mills (4-10, 3.78) is expected to pitch for Nashville. He will be opposed by Clayton Mortensen (7-8, 5.63). First pitch is scheduled for 12:05pm.
Nashville Sounds (48-62) 5, Omaha Storm Chasers (62-48) 3
|Omaha Storm Chasers||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||6||2|
|Roberts, R, LF||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.294|
|Anderson, B, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.184|
|Romero, N, RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.278|
|Martin, Co, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alvarez, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Parrino (7, Ferguson), Roberts, R (25, Baumann).
HR: Roberts, R (6, 8th inning off Alexander, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Wendle; Romero, N 2; Roberts, R 6; Anderson, B; Morel; Parrino 3.
RBI: Romero, N (16), Pridie (70), Roberts, R (40), Wendle (42).
2-out RBI: Wendle.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pridie; Wendle; Parrino; Roberts, R.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Parrino-Wendle-Aliotti, Aliotti-Parrino).
|Martinez, J, 1B||2||1||1||0||2||1||0||.383|
|Colon, C, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||3||.287|
|Pena, F, C||2||0||1||2||2||0||0||.253|
2B: Pena, F (17, Martin, Co), Martinez, J (20, Kurcz).
HR: Eibner (16, 2nd inning off Martin, Co, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Kotchman; Colon, C; Martinez, J 2; Eibner 4; Orlando; Pena, F 2.
RBI: Eibner (61), Pena, F 2 (38).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Merrifield 2; Colon, C 2; Kotchman.
GIDP: Calixte, Fuentes.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
E: Orlando (2, throw), Pena, F (5, throw).
|Alvarez, R (W, 3-3)||2.0||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.81|
|Alexander (BS, 2)(L, 1-1)||2.0||4||3||2||0||2||1||1.89|
Game Scores: Martin, Co 41, Ferguson 62.
HBP: Parrino (by Alexander).
Pitches-strikes: Martin, Co 102-49, Kurcz 43-23, Alvarez, R 25-18, Ferguson 37-28, Baumann 70-41, Alexander 33-24.
Groundouts-flyouts: Martin, Co 2-2, Kurcz 2-1, Alvarez, R 1-2, Ferguson 1-3, Baumann 3-4, Alexander 3-1.
Batters faced: Martin, Co 23, Kurcz 10, Alvarez, R 6, Ferguson 10, Baumann 18, Alexander 11.
Inherited runners-scored: Kurcz 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Kolin Kline. 1B: Nick Mahrley. 3B: Nate White.
Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
Venue: Werner Park.
August 3rd, 2015