Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jason Pridie Belts Two Home Runs To Join The 20-20 Club
Tacoma, WA – Jason Pridie smashed his way into the history books by pounding a pair of home runs in a 6-5 loss to Tacoma in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Cheney Stadium.
The two-homer game was the second this season for Pridie and bumped his long ball total to 20, a new career high. He became the first Sound since J.J. Davis (2003) to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season. Pridie also established a new career high (88) by tying a season-high four RBIs in the contest.
As they have done all season long, the Sounds scored first by jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Joey Wendle hit a one-out double in the first, his 39th of the season, and scored two batters later when Pridie smashed his 19th home run.
The two-run bomb cleared the left center field wall and marked the 16th time the outfielder had hit a home run on the road.
Unfortunately for Nashville, the advantage did not last long. Tacoma got a RBI double from Patrick Kivlehan in the second and proceeded to plate three more in the third. They eventually scored a fifth run off Sounds starter Zach Neal, who pitched into the seventh inning.
The right-hander had run into some bad luck in his past few starts but snapped his streak of six consecutive losses by taking a no-decision. Neal lasted 6 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on 11 hits and two walks.
Pridie banged his second home run of the game in the sixth, another two-run shot off Adrian Sampson. This time Andy Parrino scored and helped cut the deficit to one with an inning to play.
Nashville squared things up at 5-5 in its final opportunity at the plate. Bryan Anderson worked a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. After the catcher scooted to third on a groundout, Wendle lined a sharp single past a drawn-in infield and drove Anderson home.
The Rainiers scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning off reliever Ryan Dull though. The right-hander had not allowed a run in his last 14 innings before serving up a base hit to James Jones that plated Patrick Brady from second. Nashville dropped to 5-8 in extra-inning games this season.
The second game of the day-night doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 7:35pm CST at Cheney Stadium. The Sounds will call upon 19-year-old right-hander Jesus Zambrano to make his Triple-A debut, while the Rainiers have Chien Ming Wang (3-4, 5.50) slated to oppose the youngster in the nightcap.
Tacoma Rainiers (65-70) 6, Nashville Sounds (60-75) 5
|Roberts, R, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.287|
|Anderson, B, C||3||1||0||0||1||2||3||.195|
|a-Intentionally walked for Freiman in the 8th.|
2B: Wendle (39, Sampson), Freiman (14, Sampson).
HR: Pridie 2 (20, 1st inning off Sampson, 1 on, 2 out; 6th inning off Sampson, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Wendle 3; Freiman 2; Pridie 8; Gentry; Morel; Parrino.
RBI: Pridie 4 (88), Wendle (52).
2-out RBI: Pridie 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wendle; Anderson, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
PB: Anderson, B (2).
Outfield assists: Pridie (O’Malley at 2nd base).
|Jones, J, CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.265|
|Taylor, C, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.298|
|Romero, S, LF||3||2||1||1||1||0||0||.294|
|Choi, J, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.419|
|Ramirez, J.C., P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|1-Ran for Ruggiano in the 8th.|
2B: Kivlehan (23, Neal).
HR: Romero, S (17, 5th inning off Neal, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jones, J 2; O’Malley; Ruggiano 3; Blash 2; Romero, S 4; Kivlehan 2; Zunino 2; Taylor, C.
RBI: Kivlehan (70), Zunino 2 (2), Blash (40), Romero, S (79), Jones, J (24).
2-out RBI: Kivlehan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Choi, J 2; Ruggiano; Kivlehan.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Brady (5, 2nd base off Dull/Anderson, B).
|Dull (L, 0-1)||0.2||2||1||1||1||2||0||1.13|
|Farquhar (H, 5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.28|
|Beimel (BS, 1)||1.0||1||1||1||1||1||0||1.93|
|Ramirez, J.C. (W, 1-1)||1.0||0||0||0||2||1||0||2.90|
Game Scores: Neal 33, Sampson 43.
IBB: Muncy (by Ramirez, J.C.), Choi, J (by Dull).
Pitches-strikes: Neal 99-64, Dull 18-11, Sampson 101-66, Farquhar 1-1, Beimel 15-8, Ramirez, J.C. 19-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Neal 9-6, Dull 0-0, Sampson 3-6, Farquhar 0-0, Beimel 2-0, Ramirez, J.C. 1-0.
Batters faced: Neal 32, Dull 5, Sampson 25, Farquhar 1, Beimel 5, Ramirez, J.C. 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Dull 1-0, Farquhar 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Shaun Lampe. 1B: Travis Eggert. 3B: Alex Ortiz.
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: Cheney Stadium.
August 30th, 2015