Nashville shut-out by O-Royals 3-0
The Nashville Sounds (15-15) were shut-out today by the Omaha Royals (17-12) in the first game of double header (one of the games is a make-up). Sounds’ RHP Tim Dillard (5-1) faced-off against Iowa’s RHP Brandon Duckworth (2-1).
With zero run production provided by the offense, Dillard suffers his first loss of the season. He pitched well though; going six innings, giving up seven hits on three runs (just one earned) and struck-out three, walking one. Duckworth (2-1) posted his second win going 6.2 innings, on five hits, striking out seven and walking three. Colon gets the save (1).
Duckworth stymied Sounds’ hitters all day. The first four in the Nashville order (Gwynn, Escobar, Gamel and Koshansky) went a combined 0 for 12. Salome, Iribarrena and Gillespie managed one hit each; and Jason Bourgeois (playing in the place of Katin) was 2 for 3.
Omaha scored once in the first and twice in the fifth in the shut-out. It was only the third time in 2009 the Sounds have been shut-out. The last time was 2-May against Omaha (in Nashville).
The O-Royals put one run across in the bottom of the first when Tug Hulett scored on a two-out Ka’aihue sacrifice fly. 1-0 Omaha.
The last two Omaha-runs were posted in the fifth. Murphy reached on a Koshansky error. Then, Aldridge singled on a bunt ground ball to Gamel at third who made a throwing-error allowing Murphy to score from first. With Falu batting, Dillard threw a wild-pitch moving Aldrige to 3rd. Falu then popped to short-stop buy Aldridge scored. Omaha 3-0.
In all, three Nashville miscues in one inning directly led to two runs scored by the O-Royals. The loss dropped the Sounds’ record to .500 at 15-15.