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Iowa wins pitching duel 3-0 against Nashville

April 26, 2009

The game summary for today’s game is pretty simple. The final score was 3-0. The victor? The Iowa Cubs. This was the first victory for the Cubs (12-6) in the Sound’s (10-8) current home stand. In the entire total nine  innings played today, only one inning (top of the 7th) saw any runs cross the plate. Out of a total combined 61 at-bats, there were only nine hits in the entire game.

As the game crossed the bottom of the sixth the box score looked like this. Nashville had 0 runs, three hits, and had only left four runners on base. Iowa was not much better; zero runs, three hits and three runners left on base. It was a straight-up pitcher’s duel between Nashville Chase Wright (now 1-2) and Iowa’s Esmailin Caridad (now 3-1).

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Chris Robinson touches the plate after slamming a 3-run homer off Chase Wright of Nashville in the 7th inning.

The difference for the game is what happened in the Cub’s seventh inning. Wright had hit the strike zone all day, but he walked slugger Jake Fox (1-3, walk) to start the inning. Brad Snyder (1-4) then doubled to LF. Fox went to 3rd. That brought up Cub’s catcher Chris Robinson. He had doubled in the 2nd but did not score. He lined a shot to CF that Tony Gwynn made a great catch on. It would have been extra-bases for sure.  Having hit the ball hard twice and with 1B open with no outs, one would have thought manager Don Money would have intentionally walked Robinson. Money did not and Nashville paid for it. Robinson blasted a Wright-pitch off the guitar in left-center for a three run home run.  It was 3-0 Cubs, and that was the game.

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Esmailin Caridad (3-1) pitched seven innings, giving up no runs, on three hits.

The only other real excitement of the game came in top of the 8th with the Cubs batting. Scales started by striking out swinging. Jason Dubois (1-3) was then hit by a pitch from Juan Sandoval, who was ahead of the count 1-2. The Cub’s big slugger – Jake Fox (1-3, walk) came to the plate. He hit a rocket down the 3rd base line. Nashville’s Mat Gamel managed to twist his body to his right quickly enough to get his glove on it. With poise and presence-of-mind Gamel threw quickly to Iribarren at second who then completed the double play. It was a fantastic play – his finest of the season – by Gamel who is known for his spotty glove-work.

Esmailin Caridad (3-1) pitched seven innings, giving up no runs, on three hits, and striking out five while walking only one. Relievers Hart and Fox worked the last two innings and surrendered no Sound’s runs. Both worked one complete inning and retired their two respective batters. Fox earned his second save.

Gamel continued his hot plate-work, goign 2-4 with a double. Tony Gwynn’s league-leading 15-game hitting streak ended today, going 0-4.

It was the first time Nashville had been shut-out all year. It was the second shut-out Cub’s pitchers have thrown for 2009.

April 26, 2009 2:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 6 0
Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
W: Esmailin Caridad (3-1); L: Chase Wright (1-2); SV: Chad Fox (2)
4,476 in attendance
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