Omaha pitching shuts down Sounds in 8-2 win
Omaha Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen (1-1) earned his first victory of the season like it was his 5th in a row. He was virtually untouchable. He only gave up two runs (both solo HRs) on five hits, striking out five, and walking just one through a seven-inning period. Omaha relievers also pitched a combined two innings and never surrendered a single hit.
The Royals schooled the Sounds in an 8-2 thomping at Greer, knocking out 12 hits in their six-run margin of victory. Omaha raised their record to 12-8 while the Sounds slipped to just one game over .500 at 11-10.
Nashville’s starter Lindsay Gulin (1-1) took his frst loss of the season. He was erratic in his start tonight, giving up five runs (all earned), on eight hits, walking seven batters and striking out two. Reliever Chris Narveson worked one inning – the sixth – and was smacked hard, yielding three runs (all earned) on four hits, and walking one batter. Relievers Ginter and Johnson worked the last three innings and pitched very well, not giving up a single hit to Omaha. But the damage was done.
The Royals struck blood in the 2nd inning when they put one man across the plate on a bases loaded one-out single to center field. Nashville’s Tony Gwynn kept the damage to one run. A double-play ended the Omaha threat. 1-0. Leading 1-0 in the top of the 5th, Lindsay Gulin had already walked four batters by the beginning of the 5th inning. He walked two more in the 5th and both of them scored. Wth two outs – and bases loaded – in the 5th, Omaha sent a total of four runners across the plate before retiring to the clubhouse. None of the RBI-hits were hit strongly. They were all floppers or bloopers, but they fell when needed. 5-0 Royals.
Nashville managed to regain a small amount of dignity in their half of the 5th when Adam Heether hit a solo home run. 5-1.
Omaha came right back in the top of the 6th and scored three more runs. And again, all three runs scored after two outs were recorded. Four singles and walk produced the runs. 8-1 Royals.
The Sounds managed to score once more, in the 6th, with a solo shot from Alcides Escobar. It was their final run, and the final score – 8-2. Nashville managed just two runs on five hits. It was a poor offensive performance after a season-high sixteen hits on Tuesday night.