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Dillard wins his league-leading 6th win against Reno in 8-4 Nashville victory.

May 15, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (20-16) became the only team int he PCL American North Division to win 20 games in 2009 by defeating the Reno Aces (14-21) by a score of 8-4. The Sounds pounded out a season-high 17 hits in the romp. Nashville is tied with Iowa for the lead in the American North. They are just one of three PCL teams with 20 wins.

Nashville’s Tim Dillard got his sixth win of the season to up his record to 6-1. Nashville won 3 out of 4 of the games in the series. Dillard is now the winniest pitcher int he PCL but fellow Sound’s pitcher Mike Burns is right behind with 5 victories. Burns will pitch again Sunday.

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Tim Dillard (6-1) of Nashville leads the PCL in victories.

Tonight’s performance started off a little rocky for Dillard but he did not yield a run until the 6th inning. He pitched well overall in his 5.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 4 walks, and two strikeouts. Chris Narveson pitched in relief for 1.1 innings surrendering one run before turning the ball over to closer Chris Smith, who notched his league-leading eighth save of the year. Smith pitched 2 innings and only allowed one hit. Reno’s starter, Barnette (2-3) took the loss.

Game summary

Nashville scored first in the bottom of the 2nd on an RBI single by Jason Bourgeois, scoring Almonte. Bourgeois was on fire tonight going 4 for 4, scoring three runs, hitting a home run (1), and knocking in two runs.

The Sounds came back in the third, leading 1-0, and put two more men across. They would score in 7 of 8 innings they hit in tonight. Iribarren hit a two-out triple (2) to center and Joe Koshansky (7) homered to left to make it 3-0.

Nashville made it 4-0 in the fourth when Tony Gwynn singled home Jason Bourgeois with one out. Gwynn was also hot tonight, going 3 for 5, 1 run, a double (8), and knocking in 2 runs.

Reno made it a game in their half of the sixth, scoring three runs to make it a 4-3 game. The Aces had one runner on with two outs. Then they came alive. A single-single-walk loaded the basis with two outs. Chris Roberson then managed an infield single to Iribarren but two runs scored as Dillard also committed an error. 4-2 Sounds.  Gotay then singled home Hester and the score was now 4-3 Sounds.

The Sounds came right back and scored twice in their half of the sixth. Bourgeois led off the inning with a single, then on a hit-n-run, Gillespie singled to center scoring Bourgeois (who stole second). 5-3 Sounds.

Cole Gillespie has managed to get his average up to .228 now after finding some production from the bat the past few games, although several of his hits have been dingers and dumpers. Gillespie would score after Tony Gwynn singled to make it 6-3 Sounds after sixth. The Sounds are 15-3 when leading after six innings.

Not finished yet, Reno scored once again in the 7th when Oeltjen led off with a double and advanced to 3rd on a throwing error by Escobar. Brandon Watson then hit a ground ball to short scoring Oeltjen.  6-4 Sounds.

Not to be outdone, Nashville came right back in the bottom of the 7th increasing their lead to 7-4 on a solo homer by Bourgeois to right on a low-liner that was never in doubt.

The final run for the Sounds came in the 8th inning. Gwynn led off with a double (8) to left. With one out and Iribarren batting, Gwynn stole 3rd and scored when the catcher Hester made a throwing error to 3rd.

Final score before a home crowd of 7,678 fans: 8-4.

See tonight’s photo gallery.

May 15, 2009 7:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reno 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 11 3
Nashville 0 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 X 8 17 2
W: Tim Dillard (6-1); L: Tony Barnette (2-3); SV: Chris Smith (8)
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was on fire tonight going 4 for 4, scoring three runs, hitting a homerun (1), and knocking in two runs.
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