Zach Neal’s Quality Start Squandered
Nashville, TN – Nashville dropped their third straight game to El Paso on Monday night at First Tennessee Park, this time by the score of 5-1.
For the league-leading 72nd time this season, the Sounds were the first team to score as Craig Gentry put the home team up 1-0 in the third. The speedy outfielder doubled down the left field line and then swiped his team-leading 23rd bag of the season. He would score on a Tyler Ladendorf sacrifice fly.Zach Neal earned his tenth quality start of the campaign, throwing 6 1/3, surrendering an RBI apiece to Alex Dickerson and Will Middlebrooks.
Jim Fuller came in with a runner on first in relief of Neal and got Dickerson to hit a comebacker that the Southpaw fielded nicely, but threw wide of Andy Parrino at second. Jake Goebbert took advantage of the error, playing wall-ball with a two-run, two-out double to stretch the Chihuahuas lead to 4-1.
Chihuahuas’ starter Jason Lane was the story for the visitors. The 38-year-old former Major League outfielder went seven innings, utilizing three separate double plays to curtail Sounds’ rallies. The Sounds had a fourth rally cut short by yet another double play in the eighth. The four double plays grounded into tied their season-high.
The Chihuahuas added a run off a Taylor Thompson wild pitch to make it 5-1 in the eighth. The loss was charged to Neal, who fell to 7-8.
The teams will conclude their series tomorrow. Aaron Brooks (6-5, 3.71) is expected to make his Sounds debut. The right-hander came over from Kansas City in the trade that sent Oakland Athletics slugger – and Franklin resident – Ben Zobrist to the Royals on July 28th. Former Sounds closer Chris Smith (3-5, 3.64) will start for El Paso. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
El Paso Chihuahuas (65-57) 5, Nashville Sounds (55-68) 1
|El Paso Chihuahuas||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||1||0||5||12||0|
|Dickerson, A, RF||5||1||3||1||0||0||1||.310|
|Decker, C, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.256|
|Liriano, R, DH||4||1||2||0||0||2||1||.278|
|Gomez, H, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.292|
|McCoy, M, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Lane, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.093|
2B: Goebbert (13, Fuller).
TB: Liriano, R 2; Gale 3; Goebbert 2; Jankowski; Dickerson, A 3; McCoy, M 2.
RBI: Dickerson, A (65), Middlebrooks (12), Goebbert 2 (52).
2-out RBI: Goebbert 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Middlebrooks; Gomez, H; Decker, C 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Goebbert (4, 2nd base off Neal/Blair, C), Liriano, R (15, 2nd base off Thompson, Ta/Blair, C).
CS: Gale (1, 3rd base by Neal/Blair, C).FIELDING
DP: 4 (Middlebrooks-McCoy, M-Decker, C 2, Decker, C-Gomez, H, McCoy, M-Gomez, H-Decker, C).
|Roberts, R, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.290|
|Blair, C, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.247|
|Thompson, Ta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Gentry (13, Lane, J), Roberts, R (28, Lane, J).
TB: Blair, C; Wendle; Ravelo; Roberts, R 2; Muncy; Gentry 3; Parrino.
RBI: Ladendorf (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smolinski; Wendle.
GIDP: Roberts, R, Wendle, Muncy, Ladendorf.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Gentry (23, 3rd base off Lane, J/Gale).FIELDING
E: Fuller (1, throw), Blair, C (3, throw).
DP: (Blair, C-Ladendorf).
|Lane, J (W, 9-8)||7.0||6||1||1||1||3||0||5.59|
|Neal (L, 7-8)||6.1||10||3||2||1||5||0||3.79|
Game Scores: Lane, J 63, Neal 47.
WP: Fuller, Thompson, Ta.
Pitches-strikes: Lane, J 92-63, Northcraft 24-15, Neal 102-69, Fuller 11-6, Thompson, Ta 28-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lane, J 5-6, Northcraft 2-1, Neal 7-1, Fuller 1-0, Thompson, Ta 2-0.
Batters faced: Lane, J 25, Northcraft 7, Neal 29, Fuller 4, Thompson, Ta 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Fuller 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Shaun Lampe. 1B: Travis Eggert. 3B: Alex Ortiz.
Weather: 76 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, L to R.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
August 17th, 2015