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Mike Burns (Nashville) shuts out the Aces 5-0

May 12, 2009

Nashville Sound’s RHP Mike Burns (5-0) recorded his fifth victory of the year tonight – a shut out – at Greer Stadium yielding just three hits in six innings, walking just one, and striking out seven Reno batters. Chris Narveson earned his fourth save pitching flawlessly in relief for three innings. The 5-0 win was the third shut-out pitched by Nashville so far in 2009.

Ace’s starter Billy Buckner (1-2) suffered his second loss of the season.

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Mike Burns (5-0) warms up before his start tonight.

Nashville is now 18-15 as they take the opening game of a four-game home stand against the sliding (5th in a row) Reno Aces (13-19).  Reno is the new franchise name for the Triple-A farm team for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were previously known as the Tucson Sidewinders.

Nashville(18-15) now has a .545 record which still has them in fourth place in their division. But that record would be first place in the PCL American South or the PCL Pacific South.

Game summary

The only run Nashville would need tonight came in their half of the first inning. Tony Gwynn (.314) hit his first triple of the season, to right field, and scored when Escobar singled to center.  1-0 Sounds.

The game then turned into a pitcher’s duel for the next four innings as both teams went scoreless until the sixth inning when Nashville broke it open with a three-run barrage.

Gamel opened the 6th by walking. Koshansky then lined out to center field. One out.  Rehabbing-Mike Rivera then lined out to left for the second out and it appeared the Sounds were going to be shut down but the sixth inning has been a strong run-producing inning all season for the Sounds and tonight was no exception.

With two out, and Gamel on first, Iribarren singled to center then Jason Bourgeois tripled (1) to deep center field scoring Gamel and Iribarren.  3-0 Sounds. Cole Gillespie then reached first on a fielding error by 2B Gotay, scoring Bourgeois.  4-0 Sounds.

Still not done, Nashville scored once more  in the 8th inning when Iribarren scored on a Gillespie double (3) to left.  That was the final Sound’s run and the final score: 5-0.

The slumping Gillespie turned in a fine effort as he went 2 for 3 with one RBI.  Hernan Iribarren was stellar defensively tonight turning in three excellent plays for outs, while also going 2 for 3, scoring two runs.

Gamel (0 for 3) and Koshansky (0 for 4) had cool bats tonight.

Tomorrow’s (Wed) game is an 11:00am CST start. Nashville will try to score runs for LHP Chase Wright (1-4, 5.34) and Reno will try to bring their five game slide to a halt when they put RHP Hector Ambriz (0-1, 10.13) on the rubber.

Click here to view tonight’s photo gallery.

May 12, 2009 7:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Nashville 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 X 5 8 0
W: Mike Burns (5-0); L: Billy Buckner (1-2); SV: Chris Narveson (4)

Catcher Mike Rivera (below) is on rehabilitation with the Sounds for now.

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