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Nashville Sounds lose 17-3 to Red Hawks

April 16, 2009

Nashville lost to the Oklahoma Red Hawks tonight by two touchdowns. The only problem was this was suppose to be a baseball game.

The 14 point loss was the worst loss the Sounds have experienced in six seasons.

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The Sounds were not on the money Thursday, April 16th, as they were drubbed by the Red Hawks, 17-3.

Nashville drops their record to 3-5 for the season as they wrap up their first home stand of the 2009 baseball season. On the positive side, the Sounds did manage to eek out two wins in the four game series with the Red Hawks, who thoroughly dominated the Sounds last year.

It was a glorious evening for baseball in the newly renovated Greer stadium tonight. I sat in Row 1, Seat 1, Section S tonight.

Across from me, in section T, was a guest named Sal from New York City. He lives in the Bronx. He came with his son and his brother (Jack) and his son. Sal was a classic baseball fan. He told me he had personally attended over 1,000 Mets games in his life timetime (he was 43), and had never caught one ball ever. That has to be record.

Unfortunately, Sal had to leave early and he missed the foul ball I caught I would have given to him. On the positive side though he missed the twelve-run  drubbing the Sounds experienced at the hands of the lumber from the Red Hawk’s batters in the fifth inning. 17 Red Hawk’s batters took batting practice in the fifth after starting the inning leading 4-0.

Tonight’s loss was hard since Nashville shut down the Red Hawks Wednesday night 7-1.  Starting pitcher Chase Wright did not have good stuff in his start tonight. After two innings he was already four runs in the hole.

The 12 point fifth-inning onslaught saw the visiting team stroke three home run shots including a two-run blast by Casey Benjamin, with two outs, that brought Wright’s evening to a close.

Reliever Wes Littleton came in to respite Wright. He failed to retire any of the next six batters. The Sounds needed just one out to end the nightmarish inning. Littleton gave up the third homer of the inning.

Littleton was replaced by reliever Matt Ginter who finished the evening but allowed another five runners to cross the plate.

16-0 Red Hawks after 4 1/2 innings. Matt Gamel’s reaction to the final out of the inning was symbolic of how everyone in the stadium felt: @*&%$##@!.

Lots of people started leaving the game before the Sounds made it to the bottom of the fifth.

Showing some spark and dignity, the Sounds managed to squeeze out two runs when catcher Angel Salome scored following a triple to right by Hernan Irabarren. The three-bagger extended Irabarren’s hitting streak to seven games. Outfielder Jason Bourgeois got an RBI when he grounded out allowing Irabarren to score. 16-2.

The Sounds put one more run on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when third baseman Matt Gamel doubled for a league-leading fifth time this season. The #4 hitter, Brendan Katin notch an RBI when he singled bringing Gamel home from second.

Gamel has been playing hot as a fire cracker for the Sounds. He went 2-4, extending his hitting streak to seven games, as he boasts a .500 batting average. Katin is also hot carrying a five-game hitting streak himself.

The last run of the game came in the top of the ninth as reliever Adam Heether (#28) struggled to throw strikes. He loaded the bases then walked in the 17th Red Hawk’s run. Surprisingly, the Red Hawks did not score more runs.

The Red Hawks demonstrated some very fine defensive work tonight. Third baseman German operated much like a Hoover vacuum cleaner all night while the best play of the game took place in the eighth inning when Hawk’s right fielder Brandon Boggs managed to hold onto a shot from Katin as Boggs ran full-speed into the right field fence. He collapsed and raised his arm to show he caught the ball. Many of the Red Hawk’s players ran to his side and after a couple minutes he managed to stand to his feet to a nice applause from the entire crowd. It was a courageous catch.

Hawks reliever Feliz scored the win (1-0) after working five solid innings of relief. He struck out five Sounds batters.

Chase Wright (0-1) was tagged with the loss. He gave up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3rds innings.

April 16, 2009 7:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma City 2 2 0 0 12 0 0 0 1 17 16 1
Nashville 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 7 2
W: Neftali Feliz (1-0); L: Chase Wright (0-1)
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