Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville’s Ariel Pena Holds 51s To Three Hits in Quality Start
Las Vegas, NV – The Nashville Sounds (38-38) entered the 9th inning with a three-run lead, but failed to hold on Friday night at Cashman Field, dropping the series finale to the Las Vegas 51s by a 5-4 margin.
The loss completes a four-game sweep of the Sounds for Las Vegas and pushes Nashville’s season-high losing streak to eight games. At 38-38, the Sounds are back to .500 for the first time since holding a 12-12 record on April 29th.
Leading 4-1 in the 9th, Sounds closer Donovan Hand (1-4) allowed four consecutive base knocks which allowed Vegas to pull within one run before recording an out.
After a walk and a strikeout from Hand, left-handed reliever Brent Leach entered stepped to the hill with the bases loaded. Leach offered a walk to Brandon Allen, which tied the game.
Then with Matt den Dekker at the plate, Leach tried to pick off Allen at first, but sent the ball sailing past Hunter Morris to allow Vegas to plate the game winner.
The Sounds have only won six of their last 20 road games and have led in 15 of their 22 road losses.
Nashville took an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, benefitting from an errant throw down the first-base line by Las Vegas pitcher Giancarlo Alvarado. The error on Irving Falu’s sac-bunt scored Logan Schafer, who drew a walk to start the game. Falu moved to third base on the play and scored on Jeff Bianchi’s groundout.
Nashville regained a two-run lead when Jeremy Hermida, Caleb Gindl, and Pete Orr hit consecutive singles to open the 4th inning. With the bases loaded, catcher Robinzon Diaz hit into a ground out to score Hermida from third and make it a 3-1 ballgame.
Sounds starter Ariel Pena kept the 51s at bay over six innings to earn his fifth quality start of the season. His lone run came on a sacrifice fly, set up by a pair of singles, in the bottom of the 1st inning. He left in line for the win with a 4-1 advantage.
Reliever Jeremy Jeffress picked up two scoreless innings for Nashville to set up Hand in the 9th. Jeffress has allowed only one earned run over his last 21 1/3 innings.
Nashville picked up their fourth and final run courtesy of Falu’s double in the 7th inning.
Pitcher Ryan Reid benefitted from Las Vegas’ rally in the 9th, picking up his third win of the year for a spotless frame.
The Sounds will continue their road trip in Salt Lake City, where they will begin a four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA-Los Angeles Angels) on Saturday night. RHP Jimmy Nelson (7-2, 1.62) will take the hill for Nashville opposite Salt Lake’s lefty Justin Thomas (4-6, 5.85). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 The Game.
June 20, 2014
|Las Vegas 51s||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||5||7||1|
One out when winning run scored.
|Schafer, L, CF||2||2||0||0||2||0||2||.267|
|Hand, D, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Morris, H, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.266|
|Diaz, R, C||4||0||0||1||0||0||3||.239|
|Pena, A, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.063|
|a-Popped out for Pena, A in the 7th. b-Struck out for Jeffress in the 9th.|
2B: Hermida (10, Alvarado, C), Falu (5, Thornton).
TB: Hermida 3; Falu 3; Orr 2; Gindl 2.
RBI: Bianchi (10), Diaz, R (13), Falu (10).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Orr; Schafer, L; Diaz, R; Morris, H.
GIDP: Bianchi, Orr.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Orr (3, 2nd base off Alvarado, C/d’Arnaud, T).FIELDING
E: Leach (2, pickoff).
|den Dekker, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Reynolds, M, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.200|
|d’Arnaud, T, C||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.458|
|Brown, A, RF||2||1||1||1||1||0||1||.362|
|Alvarado, C, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|a-Singled for Reid in the 9th.|
2B: Brown, A (13, Hand, D), Satin (8, Hand, D).
TB: Satin 2; Brown, A 2; d’Arnaud, T 3; Reynolds, M; Muno.
RBI: Brown, A (34), Muno (33), Satin (16), Allen (21).
SF: Brown, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-3.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Alvarado, C (2, throw).
DP: 2 (Seratelli-Reynolds, M-Dykstra, Seratelli-Reynolds, M-Allen).
|Jeffress (H, 3)||2.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.48|
|Hand, D (H, 5)(L, 1-4)||0.1||4||4||3||1||1||0||5.82|
|Leach (BS, 1)||0.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.51|
|Reid (W, 3-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.62|
Pitches-strikes: Pena, A 94-60, Jeffress 17-11, Hand, D 17-11, Leach 6-2, Alvarado, C 106-68, Thornton 16-12, Rice 14-9, Reid 8-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Pena, A 8-5, Jeffress 4-0, Hand, D 0-0, Leach 0-0, Alvarado, C 13-3, Thornton 0-0, Rice 2-0, Reid 2-0.
Batters faced: Pena, A 23, Jeffress 6, Hand, D 6, Leach 1, Alvarado, C 28, Thornton 2, Rice 4, Reid 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Leach 3-2, Thornton 1-1, Rice 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Nick Mahrley. 1B: Kolin Kline. 3B: Brandon Henson.
Weather: 99 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: Cashman Field.
June 20, 2014