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Nashville falls 4-3 to Reno in wacky game

May 14, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (19-16) lost a close one to the Reno Aces (14-20) tonight at Greer Stadium before a rather sparse crowd of 2,608 fans. The Reno-win ended a six-game skid for the Aces. Doug Slaten (1-1) recorded his first win of the season  and reliever Wes Littleton (0-3) took his third loss.

Wes Littleton

Nashville starting pitcher Nick Green (2-2) pitched fairly well tonight, though his early innings were rocky. He worked 6.0 innings, giving up eight hits, three runs (all earned), walked one and struck out four.

Tonight’s game just seemed wacky. Mat Gamel was not in the line-up. The winning team (Reno) committed four errors; three in one inning during one play (two by one player). Nashville scored three runs in one inning and still lost.

The Sounds only managed four hits tonight as the Reno relievers only surrendered one hit in nearly four innings of work. The #1, 2, 4, and 5 hitters for Nashville did so much as mount a single hit. Reno batters hit safely ten times tonight.

Game summary

Reno scored first in the top of the second on an RBI single by Ruben Gotay, scoring Roberson who doubled (6).  1-0, Reno.

The Aces scored twice in the third on a two-run home run by Rusty Ryal (4).  3-0 Reno.

The Sounds just could not find a rhythm against starting pitcher Valdez, who yielded just three hits in 5.1 innings, until the 6th inning when Nashville scored three runs (just one earned).  In that inning Cole Gillespie started off the inning with a walk. Patrick Arlis pinched hit for Green and reach first on a throwing error (E1).  Tony Gwynn worked the count and also earned a walk. It was now bases loaded with no outs.

Alcides Escobar popped out to second (infield fly rule). One out. Hernan Iribarren the hit a two-run RBI single to center scoring Gillespie and Arlis outright, followed by Gwynn too when the Aces committed three errors on the play: a missed-catch error by Romero in center, who then made a throwing error; and throwing error by the pitcher Valdez. How wacky is that?  The Sounds failed to get Iribarren across the plate (from 3rd) with just one out.  Koshansky and Salome both struck out. Score was tied now, 3-3.

In the top of the 7th the Sounds sent reliever Wes Littleton to the mound. After retiring Oeltjen, Littleton allowed Ryal to single to center. Alex Romero then walked.  Runners on 1st and 2nd, one out. Luke Carlin hit what would then be the game-winning RBI in a single to to right.

That would be the final score, 4-3 Aces win.

May 14, 2009 7:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reno 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 10 4
Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 4 0
W: Doug Slaten (1-1); L: Wes Littleton (0-3); SV: Bobby Korecky (2)
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Luke Carlin hit the game-winning RBI in the 4-3 victory over the Sounds tonight.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jason Booker permalink
    May 15, 2009 5:53 pm

    That play with the 3 errors and 3 runs scored as a result was the strangest and loudest moment in the ballpark so far this year

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