ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Nashville Sounds blanked the Round Rock Express, 2-0, on Friday night at The Dell Diamond in the finale of a three-game series. The shutout was Nashville’s PCL-leading eighth of the season and second in three games over the Express.
With the win, Nashville (33-49) picked up only their second winning series on the road this season and finished 3-4 overall on the seven-game road trip through Albuquerque and Round Rock.
Nashville starter Brian Baker (2-3) authored his best pitching performance of the season to pick up the win. The 29-year-old threw six scoreless innings on six hits and no walks while striking out six. Baker is record a 0.79 ERA (1er/11.1ip) in his last three outings (two starts).
Relievers Johnnie Lowe, Mike McClendon, and Jim Henderson followed with scoreless frames to collect the combination shutout.
First baseman Sean Halton accounted for two of Nashville’s five hits and also scored a run. Second baseman Eric Farris went 0-for-3 to snap a nine-game hitting streak, which matches his best effort of the year.
The game remained scoreless until the Sounds scored their first run in the visiting half of the fifth inning. After one-out base hits from Halton and outfielder Corey Patterson, shortstop Edwin Maysonet hit a fly ball to right field to score Halton on a sacrifice fly.
Nashville scored their other run in the seventh as Round Rock committed two costly fielding errors. Oufielder Jay Gibbons reached on a fielder’s choice and was followed by another hit from Halton. Patterson then loaded the bases after reaching on a fielding error by the pitcher.
On the ensuing at-bat against reliever Johan Yan, Maysonet grounded to shortstop Luis Hernandez, who made the second fielding gaff of the frame to allow Gibbons to score.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, Henderson struck out Round Rock’s Michael Bianucci to end the game and pick up his seventh save.
Former Sound Zach Jackson took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Sounds travel home to welcome the division-rival Iowa Cubs (AAA-Cubs) to Music City for a four game series for the first time this season. Nashville right-hander Seth McClung (1-9, 5.19) will toe the rubber against Iowa southpaw Brooks Raley (4-2, 4.14).
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