Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville’s Hector Gomez Belts Two Homers in Loss; Leon Debuts
Nashville, TN – Despite a pair of home runs from Sounds shortstop Hector Gomez, the first-place Nashville Sounds (32-29) dropped their series opener against the Memphis Redbirds on Thursday night at AutoZone Park by a 7-4 final margin.
Trailing 3-0, Nashville leveled the game in the top of the fifth with a pair of two-out extra-base knocks, but Memphis followed with three runs of their own in the inning, which proved to be the difference.
Sounds catcher Robinzon Diaz started off with a single and moved into scoring position via Ariel Pena’s sac-bunt, before third baseman Jeff Bianchi hit a double to right field to put Nashville on the board by scoring Diaz.
Shortstop Hector Gomez cleared the bases and tied the game with a home run over the left-field wall. The shot was Gomez’s sixth of the season and his first of two on the night.
In the home half of the inning, Sounds starting pitcher Pena (4-5) offered up three consecutive walks to load the bases for Memphis with no outs. Reliever Michael Blazek entered, but the Redbirds plated one on a groundout and two more on Stephen Piscotty’s two-run single.
Pena took the loss, his fifth, allowing six runs, five earned, on three hits and six walks over four innings of work. The right-hander failed to qualify for the quality start, snapping the regular rotation’s streak of eight consecutive QS outings.
Redbirds starter Zach Petrick (3-3) earned the win by holding the Sounds to three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. It is his third win of the year.
Gomez, 2-for-3, connected for his second home run in the seventh inning to pull Nashville within two runs. It is only the second time this season a Sounds batter has recorded a multiple homers in a single game.
The Redbirds took the initial lead in the first inning courtesy of Bianchi’s throwing error. A two-run homer from third baseman Scott Moore in the third inning made it a 3-0 game for Memphis.
Relievers Michael Blazek, Brent Leach, Jeremy Jeffress and newcomer Arcenio Leon each saw work out of the Nashville bullpen.
Blazek logged 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Leach entered with the bases loaded in the sixth to record the final out without even throwing a pitch. The lefty used his effective pickoff move to catch Ed Easley in a rundown that had Hunter Morris throw home to out the lead runner.
The Sounds will play game two against the Memphis Redbirds on Friday night at 7:05pm. Milwaukee Brewers lefty Tom Gorzelanny (0-0, 1.59) will make a rehab start for Nashville and will be followed by Sounds starter and PCL-ERA leader Jimmy Nelson (6-1, 1.64) Memphis sends RHP Scott McGregor (1-5, 6.66). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 FM The Game.
June 5, 2014
|Gomez, H, SS||3||2||2||3||1||0||1||.260|
|Morris, H, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.284|
|Diaz, R, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.241|
|Pena, A, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.083|
|Leon, Ar, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Grounded out for Leach in the 7th. b-Popped out for Leon, Ar in the 9th.|
2B: Bianchi (3, Petrick).
HR: Gomez, H 2 (7, 5th inning off Petrick, 1 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Rondon, J, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Gomez, H 8; Bianchi 2; Diaz, R; Morris, H.
RBI: Bianchi (4), Gomez, H 3 (21).
2-out RBI: Bianchi; Gomez, H 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz, R.
SAC: Pena, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
E: Bianchi (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Mattison (O’Neill at home).
Pickoffs: Leach (Easley at 3rd base).
|Garcia, G, 2B||3||1||0||0||2||0||3||.227|
|Robinson, S, CF||3||3||2||1||2||1||3||.366|
|Moore, S, 3B||4||1||1||3||0||0||3||.248|
|Rondon, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Feliciano, P, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Walked for Greenwood in the 6th. b-Walked for Feliciano, P in the 8th.|
HR: Moore, S (6, 3rd inning off Pena, A, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Moore, S 4; Piscotty 2; Robinson, S 2; Easley.
RBI: Moore, S 3 (24), Piscotty 2 (32), Robinson, S (4).
2-out RBI: Robinson, S.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kozma 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Kozma (5, 3rd base off Leon, Ar/Diaz, R).
CS: Scruggs (2, 2nd base by Pena, A/Diaz, R), Easley (2, home by Leach/Diaz, R).
PO: Easley (3rd base by Leach).
|Pena, A (L, 4-5)||4.0||3||6||5||6||0||1||4.53|
|Petrick (W, 3-3)||5.1||4||3||3||4||4||1||4.47|
|Greenwood (H, 2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.25|
|Rondon, J (H, 3)||1.1||1||1||1||0||1||1||3.86|
|Feliciano, P (H, 1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Aardsma (S, 11)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.05|
Pitches-strikes: Pena, A 91-42, Blazek 35-20, Leach 0-0, Jeffress 12-10, Leon, Ar 30-12, Petrick 88-54, Greenwood 5-4, Rondon, J 15-10, Feliciano, P 6-3, Aardsma 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Pena, A 3-3, Blazek 2-0, Leach 0-0, Jeffress 2-1, Leon, Ar 1-0, Petrick 7-2, Greenwood 0-0, Rondon, J 1-2, Feliciano, P 0-2, Aardsma 0-1.
Batters faced: Pena, A 20, Blazek 9, Leach 0, Jeffress 3, Leon, Ar 6, Petrick 24, Greenwood 2, Rondon, J 5, Feliciano, P 2, Aardsma 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Blazek 3-3, Leach 3-0, Greenwood 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Reilly. 1B: Alex Ortiz. 3B: Jordan Ferrell.
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: AutoZone Park.
June 5, 2014