Two outs activity haunts Sounds
The Nashville Sounds have given up a lot of runs in their first eight games. Try 63 runs in eight games. They produced 38 runs of offense. Do the math. They gave up 25 more runs than they produced. That is why the Sounds managed to only win three out of eight games in their opening home stand against the Zephyrs and the Red Hawks.
Thursday night’s 17-3 smack-bottom by the Red Hawks was a good example of how a ball club can hurt itself by letting things get out of hand after two outs in an inning. The failure to close down an inning after securing the second out has haunted the Sounds in the opening games of the early 2009 season.
The first four Hawk’s runs were all scored after two outs were notched in the top of the first. Same story for the second inning. The score was 4-0 after two and all were scored with two runners out in the inning.
How many runs did the Red Hawks score in the fifth AFTER they had two runners out? Eleven of the twelve. Yep. 15 of the first 16 Red Hawk’s runs came after their first two batters were put out.
The Sounds compounded their problems in the fifth inning with these miscues: a walk, a wild pitch, another walk, and an error.
A loss is almost always inevitable when a team fails to get that third out and/or commits more than one miscue in an inning. It’s called a failure to execute.