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Nashville takes 5-3 decision against Omaha to finish current road series

May 11, 2009
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Tony Gwynn went 3 for 5 today, and scored two runs.

The Nashville Sounds (17-15) posted their second straight victory – a 5-3 score – over the Omaha Royals (17-14) today to wind up their current nine-game road series. The Sounds ended up 5-4 on this road stand.

Sounds’ reliever Dave Johnson (1-0) gained his first victory of the season with Chris Smith earning his seventh save.  Starting pitcher Lindsay Gulin pitched 4.0 innings in the no-decision, yielding seven hits, three runs (all earned), walking five and striking out two. Johnson came on in relief in the fifth, working 2.1 innings on three hits but no runs, striking out three.

Omaha’s reliever – Atencio (1-1) – worked 1.1 innings but was slammed for three hits, three runs (all earned), and was pegged with the loss.

The O-Royals out hit the Sounds eleven to eight in the day game but the two-run seventh inning for Nashville was the margin of victory.

Game summary

Both teams came out swinging in their half of the first inning, notching two runs each. The Sounds scored in the first when Tony Gwynn led off with a homer (2) to right. Escobar then walked and was advanced to third when Mat Gamel singled to center. One out later Joe Koshansky hit a sac-fly to right scoring Escobar. Sounds 2-0.

Omaha would come right back in the bottom of the first. Gulin walked Irving Falu to begin the game. Pena hit a one-out single to right. Ka’aihue then doubled (7) to center scoring both runners. 2-2 game.

Omaha would threaten the next three innings without putting a man across the plate. But they managed to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Ka’aihue walked and later scored on an RBI single by Buchanan.

Nashville fought right back in the top of the sixth when Jason Bourgeois ran out an infield single from short, scoring Almonte from third. 3-3 tie.

The Sounds brought two more men across the plate in the seventh inning. Matt Rivera, on rehab from Milwaukee grounded out scoring Gwynn from third. It proved to be the unexciting but essential game-winning RBI. Joe Koshansky followed with an RBI single scoring Escobar. Final score 5-3 Nashville.

May 11, 2009 11:05 AM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 8 0
Omaha 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 11 0
W: Dave Johnson (1-0); L: Greg Atencio (1-1); SV: Chris Smith (7)
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