Portland gives Burns his first loss in 6-4 decision
Nashville’s Mike Burns (6-1) did not have his normal magic last night as the Sounds (24-19) lost to the Portland Beavers (22-21). It was the home run that hurt Burns the most tonight. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs (all earned), 0 walks, struck-out 2, and surrendered 2 home runs. Beaver’s starter Ramos (3-3) got the victory tonight, pitching 6 innings, on just 2 runs (1 earned).
Nashville’s reliever Wes Littleton (11.38) provided no opportunity for the Sounds to stay in the game. Littleton pitched the 7th inning and gave up two runs, walking two. He has been ineffective in most of his relief appearances this year.
Portland scored a run in the third on three singles with scoring-run coming after two outs. 1-0 Beavers.
Nashville tied the score in the fourth on an Escobar lead-off single and a fielding error by center fielder Will Venable that allowed Escobar to score. 1-1 tie.
The Beavers added two runs in the fifth on a one-out two run homer (1) to Brett Dowdy. 3-1 Beavers. Dowdy had a big night, going 3 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBIs.
The Sounds made it 3-2 in the sixth when Katin tripled (2) Heether in with one out. 3-2 Beavers.
Burns gave up his fourth and final run in the bottom of the sixth to Portland on a two out Kyle Blanks homer (9) to center. 4-2 Beavers.
Brendan Katin hit a solo homer (4) to left in the 8th to make it 4-3 Beavers.
Nashville’s Wes Littleton worked the 7th inning effectively but he could not retire a batter in the 8th. He hit Chad Huffman with a pitch then walked Kyle Blanks. Chris Narveson relieved Littleton but the two men on base were Littleton’s reponsibility. Narveson got two outs before Brett Dowdy singled to center scoring two runners. 6-3 Beavers.
Nashville made a rally-attempt in the 9th. With one out, Escobar singled giving the Sounds runners on 1st and 3rd (Bourgeois). With Heether batting, Escobar stole (20) 2nd base and a throwing error by catcher Jose Lobaton allowed Bourgeois to score. One out. 6-4 Beavers.
Portland’s reliever, Eulogio De La Cruz came in and struck out Katin and Salome swinging, earning his first save.
Solid performances by Nashville:
Alcides Escobar: 2 for 5, 1 run
Brendan Katin: 2 for 5, 1 run, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 SOs
(For the series: 5-15, 2 HRs, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBIs)
Angel Salome: 2 for 5
Michael Garciapara: 2 for 4, 1 double