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I-Cubs defeat Sounds 7-4, 6-run 2nd inning

May 6, 2009

One thing about the Sounds this year; when they lose, they leave one no doubt they are going to handily. Nashville (14-12) was defeated by a margin of 7-4 by the I-Cubs (14-11) at Principal Park. The real fire-power by Iowa came in the second inning in a six-run offensive effort.

Here how that second innning six-run explosion broke down.

Deeds led off with a single to left. Spears follows with a single to center. Runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs. Johnson singles to right. Bases loaded, no outs. Blanco batting, Deeds scores from 3rd when Gulin throws a wild-pitch.  Runners advance to 2nd and 3rd. 1-0 Iowa.

Blanco reaches on a fielder’s choice with Spears out a home. One out, runners on 1st and 3rd. Ascanio hits a single-bunt to Gamel at 3rd, bases loaded now, one out. Fuld pops out to Gamel, infield fly-rule. Two outs.  Bases loaded.  Almost out of inning now with little damage.

Matt Camp singles to center, scoring two runs; Johnson and Blanco3-0 Iowa. Runners on 1st and 3rd.

Jason Dubois steps to the plate and rips a three-run homer overthe left field fence. 6-0 Iowa. Game.

Blanco got an RBI-single in the 9th inning for Iowa for their 7th run of the game.

With the score a lopsided 6-0, Nashville tried to mount a come-back in the sixth inning, which has been their strongest offensive-producing inning of all nine innings so far this year.

Here’s how the 6th went for Nashville.

Gwynn walked, followed by an Escobar single to left. No outs, runners on 1st and 2nd. Mat Gamel strikes out swinging. One out.

With Katin now batting, the Sounds pulled a successful double-steal. But Katin struck out again.  He struck out four times today, for a total of 30 times for the season (based on 96 ABs). Two outs.  For the Iowa series so far, Katin is a lame 1 for 11, with 6 strike outs.

Hot-hitting Joe Koshanky then rips a 3-run homer (5) over the centerfield fence. Score now 6-3, Iowa. Koshansky is red-hot in Iowa so far, going 4-11 with a double, 2 home runs, and 5 RBIs in the series so far.

Nashville managed a one-run ninth when Bourgeois and Iribarren hit back-to-back doubles. That would be the final run of the game, 7-4 Iowa.

Gulin suffered his second-loss of the year (1-2) and starter Jose Ascanio evened his record to 1-1. Ascanio pitched extremely well, striking out nine batters over five scoreless innings. He gave up just three hits to Sound’s batters.

Koshansky continues his hot bat in Iowa, supported by consistency from Gwynn and Escobar. Gamel and Katin are seeing little-to-no production as the #3 and #4 batters, respectively.

Iowa was certainly the more efficient team today, knocking in 5 of 11 RISP, while Nashville only scored 2 of 8 RISP.

May 06, 2009 12:05 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 8 1
Iowa 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 7 10 0
W: Jose Ascanio (1-1); L: Lindsay Gulin (1-2)
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