Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville’s Dustin Molleken Throws Three Scoreless; Bianchi Homers
Nashville, TN – The first-place Nashville Sounds (38-31) had their four-game win streak halted by the hot bats of the Tacoma Rainiers in an 8-1 loss before 7,353 fans at Greer Stadium Friday night.
Sounds starter Taylor Jungmann (2-3), the No. 6 prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers’ system according to Baseball America, couldn’t find a rhythm all night, and the Rainiers made him pay as he gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in five innings.
Jungmann was charged the loss, his third since joining the team on May 23rd. Tacoma’s lefty James Gilheeney (1-6) was awarded the win, limiting Nashville to one run on six hits over six innings of work.
The bottom of Tacoma’s order provided an early boost when No. 8 hitter Humberto Quintero opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the second. During the next at-bat, the Rainiers added another run on a double steal, with Jabari Blash scoring.
Blash later broke the game open in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer to right field that increased Tacoma’s lead to 4-0. The Rainiers tacked on one more run in the inning on a Xavier Avery double.
The Sounds responded in the bottom half of the fourth when Jeff Bianchi hit a solo home run, his second of the season. Bianchi has been on a hot streak since joining the Sounds hitting .308 in his last 13 games.
Tacoma scored their sixth run in the top of the fifth when Quintero came through with an RBI single set up by a Bianchi error.
Sounds reliever Dustin Molleken halted Tacoma’s batters by throwing three perfect innings in relief while striking out five batters for his sixth-straight scoreless outing. He has now allowed a run in just one of his last 13 appearances.
Tacoma added insurance runs off of Sounds reliever Donovan Hand in the top of the ninth, with an RBI triple by Chris Taylor and a sac fly from Nick Franklin being the final blows.
The Sounds will look to bounce back against Tacoma on Saturday at 6:35pm. Nashville LHP Brad Mills (4-1, 1.57 ERA) will take to the hill looking to continue his successful season against rehabbing Seattle Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (0-1, 6.30 ERA). Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5-FM “The GAME”.
June 13, 2014
|Almonte, A, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.230|
|Taylor, C, SS||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.365|
|Kelly, T, RF||3||3||1||0||2||1||1||.274|
2B: Avery (9, Jungmann).
3B: Taylor, C (6, Hand, D).
HR: Blash (10, 4th inning off Jungmann, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Noriega; Blash 4; Kelly, T; Quintero 2; Avery 2; Taylor, C 3; Almonte, A 2.
RBI: Quintero (15), Blash 2 (34), Avery (24), Taylor, C (22), Franklin (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Franklin; Almonte, A; Nady; Avery.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Blash (2, home off Jungmann/Diaz, R), Avery (21, 2nd base off Jungmann/Diaz, R).FIELDING
|Gomez, H, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.252|
|Diaz, R, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.236|
|Hand, D, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Orr (12, Gillheeney).
HR: Bianchi (2, 4th inning off Gillheeney, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Pagnozzi; Diaz, R; Halton; Gomez, H; Orr 3; Gindl; Bianchi 4.
RBI: Bianchi (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomez, H 3; Velez; Gindl.
GIDP: Diaz, R.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: Bianchi (3, throw).
|Gillheeney (W, 2-6)||6.0||6||1||1||0||5||1||5.77|
|Jungmann (L, 2-3)||5.0||7||6||5||3||5||1||6.12|
Bawcom pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
HBP: Taylor, C (by Jungmann), Blash (by Jungmann), Nady (by Hand, D).
Pitches-strikes: Gillheeney 88-61, Coffey 13-8, Kensing 13-6, Bawcom 5-2, Luetge 9-5, Jungmann 100-56, Molleken 34-27, Hand, D 19-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gillheeney 5-5, Coffey 2-0, Kensing 1-0, Bawcom 0-0, Luetge 1-1, Jungmann 10-0, Molleken 2-2, Hand, D 0-1.
Batters faced: Gillheeney 24, Coffey 5, Kensing 3, Bawcom 2, Luetge 2, Jungmann 27, Molleken 9, Hand, D 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Luetge 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ryan Goodman. 1B: Nick Bailey. 3B: Jeff Morrow.
Weather: 77 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, L to R.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
June 13, 2014