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Sounds lose in 9th; 6-5 vs O-Royals

May 9, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (15-14) lost in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Omaha Royals (16-12) tonight at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, suffering their second straight close-loss to the O-Royals. Ryan Houston (0-1) took the loss for the Sounds while Hamulack (W, 2-0) pitched the 9th inning for Omaha earning the win.  The starting pitcher for Nashville was Nick Green (2-2) who pitched 5 innings, gave up 4 hits, 3 runs (3 earned), walked 2, struck out 2.

By the end of the 7th inning one would have thought that the Sounds had this one in the bag. They were 15-0 when leading after seven, and 9-2 when outhitting opponents. After seven last night, Nashville was up 5-4 and had outhit Omaha. But it was not to be.

Game Summary

Nashville did not start well tonight. They surrendered a big inning in the first, allowing Omaha to score three times in the first.  Hulett hit a one-out single followed by Pena’s single. Ka’aihue walked to load the bases. One out.

After a visit to the pitching mound by coach Chris Bosio, Nick Green promptly surrendered an RBI single to J.R. House (3 for 5, 3 RBIs) to left field. Green got Metcalf to pop out to short and with two outs he then gave up a two run RBI to Tupman. Just like that, O-Royals 3-0.

The Sounds chipped away at the O-Royals lead scoring one in the 2nd, one in the 3rd and two in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead. Nashville got a bases loaded, one out, RBI infield single by Almonte in the 2nd, then failed to score anymore runners. 3-1, O-Royals.

Nashville made it 3-2 in the third inning. A two out RBI single by Joe Koshansky scored teammate Mat Gamel who had doubled (11) earlier. Koshansky continued his hot bat tonight going 2 for 4, scoring once and an RBI.

The Sounds struck again twice, this time in the fifth inning, taking the lead 4-3. The first run came after Mat Gamel hit an RBI triple to right scoring Escobar who had singled. Brendan Katin doubled (11) in Gamel on the next at bat.  Sounds 4-3.

Nashville extended their come-from-behind lead the next inning (6th) when Erick Almonte (2 for 4) scored on an RBI single by Tony Gwynn, making it 5-3 Sounds. Almonte had singled and stole second before being knocked in by Gwynn (2 for 4).

Omaha came right back scoring one run in the seventh to make the score 5-4. A Pena two-out RBI triple scored Aldridge who led off the inning with a walk.

With a stellar 15-0 record when leading after seven, the Sounds nursed the one-run lead as the O-Royals came to the plate in the ninth. Omaha had lost two straight ninth-inning leads prior to beginning their series with Nashville, but they would turn the tables tonight.

The Omaha ninth started with a walk by Aldridge again. How often to miscues come back to haunt a team. Then another miscue. Falu followed with a sacrcifice bunt but ended up on 2nd after a throwing error by relief pitcher Ryan Houston. Runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs. Houston was then relaced by Chris Smith but the runners on 2nd and 3rd were Houston’s responsibility.

Smith didn’t give Royals’ hitter Tug Hulett anything to hit so he walked to load the bases, no outs. Smith got Pena to keep the ball on the ground with a 4-6 force out, but one run scored. Tied now, 5-5 with just one out. Smith then re-loaded the bases by intentionally walking Ka’aihue. The always dangerous J.R. House then came to bat and hit the game-winning-single, 2-0 count into center field for the Omaha come-from-behind 6-5 victory.

May 09, 2009 7:05 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 12 1
Omaha 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 9 2
W: Tim Hamulack (2-0); L: Ryan Houston (0-1)
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Ryan Houston (0-1) took tonight's loss against Omaha.

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