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Sounds lose close one to Las Vegas 7-5

May 18, 2009
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Chris Narveson suffered tonight's loss (1-2).

The Nashville Sounds (22-17) suffered a close loss (7-5) at the hands of the Las Vegas 51s tonight. The Sounds were leading 5-4 after six innings, but the 51s scored once in each of the 7th, 8th and 9th innings to win by a final score of 7-5.

The 51s raised their record to 15-23. Even with the loss, Nashville still retains first place in the American North as Memphis and Iowa also lost tonight.

Chris Narveson (L, 1-2) relieved starting pitcher Chase Wright in the bottom-third of the fourth. Narveson took the loss (1-2). 2,913 fans watched a game that ebbs and flows both exciting and nerve-wracking throughout the night.

Game summary

Things did not start well for Nashville and starter Chase Wright. Las Vegas jumped on the LHP early with three runs in the firstJ. P. Arencibia hit a one-out three-run home run (6). He hit another (solo) home run (7) in the 9th.

Nashville finally got on board in the bottom of the fourth with a big inning of their own. Brendan Katin was hit by a pitch on the bottom of his feet to start the inning. One out later Bourgeois walked. Runners on 1st and 2nd, one out. Gillespie then walked to load the bases.

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Carlos Corporan (batting) went 1 for 3 tonight with 3 RBIs.

Garciaparra then grounded to the pitcher who threw Katin out at home for the second (force) out, but Bourgeois would score on a throwing error by the catcher. Carlos Corporan then doubled (2) scoring teammates Gillespie and Garciaparra. 3-3 tie.

Las Vegas took the lead in the top of the fifth. Coats reached on an error by Garciaparra. One out later Ruiz doubled (11) to center scoring Buck. That was the end of the 51s scoring for the inning.

The Sounds came right back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score again, 5-5. Escobar led off with a single, followed by a Heether single.  Katin then hit into a double-play but Koshansky singled to center scoring Escobar.  5-5 tie.

Nashville came back in the sixth and took the lead. Gillespie opened with a walk. Garciaparra advanced Gillespie to 2nd on a sac-bunt, and he then stole third base. Carlos Corporan followed with a sacrifice fly to left fielder Aaron Mathews, scoring Gillespie5-4 Sounds.

That would be all the offensive output the Sounds would muster but the 51s scored one time in each of the last three innings.

Las Vegas tied it up again in the 7th. Mathews led off with a single to left. One out later Arencibia doubled (15) to left advancing Mathews to third. Brett Harper then grounded out to 2B but Mathews scored. 5-5 tie.

The 51s took the final lead in the top of the 8th when Kevin Howard hit a lead-off home run, his first of the year. It was the game-winning hit and run. J. P. Arencibia hit his second homer of the evening, an insurance run, in the top of the 9th

Jonah Bayliss pitched the 6th and 7th innings and picked up the victory (4-1).

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Las Vegas 51's Rick Howard (batting) hit a solo home run (1) for the victory tonight.

Check out tonight’s photo gallery – great pics from behind home plate perspective

May 18, 2009 6:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 7 9 1
Nashville 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 5 8 1
W: Jonah Bayliss (4-1); L: Chris Narveson (1-2); SV: Jeremy Accardo (5)
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