Ryan Roberts Hits Seventh Home Run Of Season Off Omaha
Papillion, NB – The Sounds used home runs from Ryan Roberts and Brent Morel to power past the Storm Chasers on Saturday afternoon at Werner Park with a 10-5 win.
The first three innings of the contest breezed by in Nebraska before Roberts rained power from above. The left fielder took the 0-1 pitch from J.C. Sulbaran and booted it over the wall in left. Joey Wendle and Morel both scored on the three-run shot, marking the seventh home run Roberts has hit off Omaha this season.
It did not take long before Morel got in on the home run fun too. The infielder walked to the plate with two outs and then proceeded to trot around the base paths by taking Sulbaran’s 2-1 delivery way out over the left field fence.
Morel’s second home run of the season came in three-run fashion, bolstering Nashville’s lead to 6-2 after five innings.
The Storm Chasers got their two early runs off starter Jesus Zambrano. The right-hander filled in for Sean Nolin, who was recalled by the Oakland A’s on Friday. In his second start at the Triple-A level, Zambrano tied a season high by throwing five innings. He never walked a batter and allowed two runs on five hits. The effort earned the 19-year-old his first win of the season.
Trevor Bayless continued his strong impression, managing two more scoreless innings with a strikeout and a hit. The reliever has posted 5 1/3 shutout innings over three appearances with the Sounds since being promoted from High-A Stockton.
Nate Freiman added an insurance run in the eighth, plating Morel with a single. Wendle also extended his hitting streak to nine games in the win, but is still searching for his 42nd double of the season. The infielder’s next two-bagger will set a single-season franchise record.
Morel finished the game by going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and five RBIs. His ninth inning double drove in Wendle and Craig Gentry and gave the Sounds the 9-5 lead. They would add another and take a five-run victory.
With the series even at one game apiece, the Sounds will give the ball to Jake Sanchez (0-1, 27.00) in the 7:05pm game at Werner Park. Omaha is scheduled to counter with Casey Coleman (5-3, 4.60).
Omaha Storm Chasers (80-62) 5, Nashville Sounds (64-78) 10
|Omaha Storm Chasers||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||3||0||5||9||0|
|Roberts, R, LF||5||1||1||3||0||3||2||.284|
|Anderson, B, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.201|
|Thompson, Ta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Castro, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Morel (12, Patton).
HR: Roberts, R (13, 4th inning off Sulbaran, 2 on, 1 out), Morel (2, 5th inning off Sulbaran, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Wendle 2; Freiman; Roberts, R 4; Muncy; Gentry 2; Anderson, B; Morel 8.
RBI: Roberts, R 3 (56), Morel 5 (22), Freiman (31).
2-out RBI: Morel 3; Freiman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parrino.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Morel (2, 3rd base off Patton/Boscan).FIELDING
E: Muncy (6, fielding), Morel (8, fielding).
DP: 3 (Anderson, B-Wendle, Freiman-Parrino, Parrino-Freiman).
2B: Merrifield (29, Zambrano), Coleman (11, Zambrano).
TB: Noriega; Boscan 2; Kotchman; Coleman 3; Merrifield 3; Franco.
RBI: Eibner (81), Noriega (10), Merrifield (38), Fuentes (46), Kotchman (42).
2-out RBI: Kotchman.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
SB: Merrifield (32, 2nd base off Thompson, Ta/Anderson, B).
CS: Boscan (1, 2nd base by Zambrano/Anderson, B).FIELDING
PB: Boscan (1).
|Zambrano (W, 1-0)||5.0||5||2||2||0||2||0||4.00|
|Castro, A (S, 8)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.19|
|Sulbaran (L, 3-3)||5.0||5||6||6||1||3||2||6.17|
Game Scores: Zambrano 51, Sulbaran 35.
Pitches-strikes: Zambrano 67-40, Bayless 24-13, Thompson, Ta 26-15, Castro, A 11-6, Sulbaran 84-55, Mariot 55-35, Patton 34-22.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zambrano 4-3, Bayless 2-2, Thompson, Ta 1-0, Castro, A 2-2, Sulbaran 2-6, Mariot 0-2, Patton 0-1.
Batters faced: Zambrano 18, Bayless 7, Thompson, Ta 6, Castro, A 4, Sulbaran 22, Mariot 12, Patton 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Castro, A 1-0, Patton 2-0.
Ejections: Omaha Storm Chasers pitcher Troy Patton ejected by 1B umpire Brian Reilly (9th)
Umpires: HP: Jordan Ferrell. 1B: Brian Reilly. 3B: Brett Terry.
Weather: 91 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 17 mph, R to L.
Venue: Werner Park.
September 5th, 2015