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Sounds beat Cubs 7-4 in final game of series

April 28, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (11-9) defeated the Iowa Cubs (13-7) in the final game of the four-game home stand at Greer between the two clubs. Today’s game was the third pre-noon start for the Sounds. They are now 3-0 in early games.

The Sounds finally put the bat to the ball today, knocking out 16 hits in 37 at-bats for a .432 team clip. The 16-hit barrage today eclipses the previous season-high on April 17th at New Orleans.

Nashville had two big innings (i.e., 3 or more runs) in back-to-back innings, the 5th and 6th. They scored once in the 2nd. As the Sounds entered the 8th inning the score was 7-0. Iowa put up their own big inning in the 8th, scoring three times, and once more in the 9th. The final score was 7-4 before 6,535 fans.

Here’s the game summary.

In the bottom of the 2nd for Nashville, with a scoreless game, the Sounds got things rolling with an Adam Heether single to right. Angel Salome came to the plate 0 for his last 13 and singled to center. Heether then made it to 3rd base after Almonte grounded into a double-play. Cole Gillespie, 0 for his last 11 then hit a double to center scoring Heether.  Sounds 1-0.

The Cubs continued to be shut out by solid starting Nashville pitching from Tim Dillard (4-0) who notched his 4th victory of the season.

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Erick Almonte's RBI single in the 5th proved to be the game-winning RBI.

Nashville struck hard in the 5th inning.  Leading just 1-0, Escobar opened the inning lining to left field. The next two batters recorded outs for the Soounds; Gamel and Katin. Now with two outs, Adam Heether singled again, this time to 2B. With runners on the corners, the previously slumping Angel Salome got his second straight hit with a double to right, clearing the bases with 2 RBIs. Erick Almonte then hit an RBI single to center for the 3rd Sound’s run of the inning. 4-0 Sounds.

Iowa was again shut-out in their top half of the 6th and Nashville brought out the lumber again. Bourgeois walked to open the inning. He then stole 2nd base (his 3rd) with Escobar batting. Escobar then singled to left and the Sounds had runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. A wild pitch sent Escobar to 2nd with Gamel batting. Mat Gamel then singled to left field driving in Bourgeois and sending Escobar to 3rd. Brendan Katin followed with a double to left scoring Escobar. As Gamel rounded 3rd, heading to the plate, the throw came in from the outfield to the pitcher Jayson Ruhlman. Ruhlman relayed to catcher Mark Johnson who missed the tag on Gamel as he slid to the right side and touched the plate with his left hand; but the umpire called Gamel out. Katin went to 3rd on the play. Adam Heether then singled for the second straight inning, to center, and drove in Katin.  That was the end of the scoring activity for the 6th but the Sounds were now up 7-0.

Iowa finally found some life in their top half of the 8th inning.With new pitcher Juan Sandoval replacing reliever Dave Johnson, and one out, Doug Deeds singled to right.  With no threat in the air and a seven-run lead, Iowa’s slugger Jake Fox stepped to the plate. Fox promptly hit a towering shot over the left field fence with a 2-run homer, his 12th home run of the season.

But Iowa was not done. Reliever Juan Sandoval found himself with bases loaded and one out.  He was replaced by Chris Smith. In a tough spot, Smith surrendered a single to right scoring Snyder. Sam Fuld of Iowa then hit a line drive out to Katin in right who doubled off Mark Johnson at 2B. Inning over, but the Cubs scored 3 runs.  7-3.

Sounds leading in the top of the ninth 7-3, the Cubs would not go down easy. They scored one more run on a Jake Fox double (8) to center, scoring teammate Nate Spears. That would be the final run of the game.  The Sounds won 7-4.

Nashville’s Dillard is now 4-0 and Chris Smith recorded his 3rd save. The losing pitcher was J.R. Mathes (3-2) of Iowa.

April 28, 2009 11:00 AM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 9 0
Nashville 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 X 7 16 2
W: Tim Dillard (4-0); L: J.R. Mathes (3-2); SV: Chris Smith (3)
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