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Sounds win in dramatic fashion in come-from-behind 9th inning action

May 19, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (23-17) are nothing this year if not exciting. The Sounds won in dramatic fashion tonight. Down 4 to 1 after seven innings, Nashville had not won a game trailing after seven. Tonight would be different.

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Game summary

Sound’s starting pitcher Nick Green (2-2) pitched solidly going six innings, yielding 7 hits, just three runs (3 earned), 1 BB, NINE strike-outs, and gave up one home run.

Las Vegas got off to an early start scoring two runs in the third on a Randy Ruiz two-run homer (8). Those were the only two runs for both teams through five innings as both starting pitchers managed to keep runners in check through sporadic hits. There were a combined 21 strike-outs by both teams tonight.

The first Sound’s run came in the 6th inning on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Katin, scoring Escobar. 2-1 Las Vegas.

The 51s came back with a vengeance in the 7th inning scoring two more runs. Sanchez led off with a double (6) to center. Wes Littleton came in to relieve Green and one-out later surrendered a two-run home run (3) to Buck Coats. 4-1 Las Vegas.

The Sounds had their work cut off for themselves as they had not come from behind to win after trailing after the seventh inning. After relieving the starter, Purcey, Tony Gwynn led off with a single to center. Escobar then followed with a single to left. The rally was on it seemed until Heether and Katin both struck-out swinging.

After another pitching change by Las Vegas, Koshansky singled to center scoring Gwynn. Another pitching change . . . and Bourgeois singled to second base scoring Escobar. 4-3 Las Vegas.

Sounds reliever Chris Smith (2-0) shut down the 51s in their half of the 9th and 2,796 fans in Greer Stadium were on the edge of their seats as the Sounds came to bat in the bottom of the ninth down by one run. The air was electrifying.

Escobar scores the winning run.

Las Vegas sent in their fifth pitcher of the night, Accardo replacing Beam. Michael Garciaparra opened by groundng out to short. One out. Gwynn (2-5) came up and hit a clutch single to right.  With Escobar batting, Gwynn (15) stole second. Escoabr then walked. Adam Heether reached on a force attempt as Brett Harper (1B) made a throwing error at second base. As a result Gwynn scored the tying run. 4-4 tie.

Brendan Katin came to the plate with one out and was behind in the count with two strikes when he hit the game-winning liner to center field [listen to the call]. Buck Coats was playing shallow and attempted the throw to home plate. Escobar scored sliding.  Sounds win!  5-4.

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Brendan Katin hit a one-out 9th inning single to score Alcides Escobar to give the Sounds a come-from-behind 5-4 victory against Las Vegas.

May 19, 2009 6:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 9 1
Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 5 12 1
W: Chris Smith (2-0); L: Jeremy Accardo (1-1)
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