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Nashville Sounds Drop Opener in Memphis, 7-4

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Nashville’s Hector Gomez Belts Two Homers in Loss; Leon Debuts

Nashville SoundsNashville, 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.

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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.

In his Sounds debut, Leon faced six batters in a 30-pitch eighth inning, allowing Memphis its final run on Shane Robinson’s RBI single.

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.

Box Score

Memphis Redbirds (30-30) 7, Nashville Sounds (32-29) 4
June 5, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 5 1
Memphis Redbirds 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 x 7 6 0

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bianchi, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .375
Gomez, H, SS 3 2 2 3 1 0 1 .260
Gindl, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
Halton, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .260
Morris, H, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .284
Herrera, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .346
Mattison, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .200
Diaz, R, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .241
Pena, A, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .083
Blazek, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Orr, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Jeffress, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Leon, Ar, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Hermida, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252
Totals 31 4 5 4 4 7 8 .258
a-Grounded out for Leach in the 7th. b-Popped out for Leon, Ar in the 9th.
BATTING
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).

 

 

Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
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
Piscotty, RF 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 .288
Pham, LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .290
Kozma, SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .235
Scruggs, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 .234
Easley, C 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .200
Petrick, P 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Greenwood, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Curtis, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .279
Rondon, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Feliciano, P, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-O’Neill, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .444
Aardsma, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 7 6 6 11 4 14 .274
a-Walked for Greenwood in the 6th. b-Walked for Feliciano, P in the 8th.
BATTING
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).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pena, A (L, 4-5) 4.0 3 6 5 6 0 1 4.53
Blazek 1.2 2 0 0 2 3 0 5.06
Leach 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.49
Jeffress 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.71
Leon, Ar 1.0 1 1 1 3 1 0 9.00
Totals 8.0 6 7 6 11 4 1 3.42

 

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
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
Totals 9.0 5 4 4 4 7 2 4.01

 


 

Pena, A pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.WP: Blazek, Leon, Ar.
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.
T: 3:06.
Att: 4,112.
Venue: AutoZone Park.
June 5, 2014