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Oklahoma takes 11 innings to defeat Sounds

June 18, 2009
Sounds Baseball

Narron took the loss tonight, failing to retire a single batter in the 11th inning.

The Nashville Sounds (40-28) lost the opening game of their current road stand tonight against the Oklahoma City Redhawks (30-36) by a score of 8-7, in 11 innings.  The Sounds are now 17-13 on the road. The hot-streaking Iowa Cubs (36-32), winners of eight of their last ten, gained a full game on Nashville in the American North. The I-Cubs are now four games behind first-place Nashville.

Nashville’s reliever Sam Narron (L, 0-2) took the loss tonight while Beau Vaughan (4-2), for OKC, earned the win. Tim Dillard (7-3) started for Nashville and turned in a rough performance again. He went five innings, gave up 11 hits, six runs (5 earned), one walk, two strike outs, and one homer.

Game summary:

Oklahoma plated the first runner in the bottom of the 1st.  Three successive singles resulted in an Esteban German RBI to make it 1-0 OKC. That would be the score until the Sounds broke it open in the fifth inning, scoring three times.

Heether scored, after walking, on a throwing error by pitcher Josh Rupe after Gillespie laid down a sac-bunt but was safe too.  1-1 tie. Bourgeois then hit a sac-fly to center scoring Salome who had singled earlier. 2-1 SoundsGillespie came around to score when Escobar reached on a  fielding-error by the 2B. It wasn’t pretty, but the Sounds led 3-1 now.

Oklahoma came right back in their half of the 5th to tie the score. Jose Vallejo’s homer (2) on a line drive to left field with one out made it 3-2 Sounds. Borbon’s two-out single to center and a fielding error by Bourgeois placed Borbon on 2B. Arias followed with an a RBI liner to center. 3-3 tie.

In the top of the 6th Adam Heether walked with two outs. Hot-streaking Angel Salome came to the plate and smacked  his 3rd homer to LC to make it 5-3 Sounds.

Oklahoma stormed back in the bottom of the 6th plating three men to take a 6-5 lead.  Frostad hit a lead-off double (7). Huffman was hit  by a pitch and Casey Bejamin hit an RBI-double (5) to RF, scoring Frostad. 5-4 Sounds. That was enough to chase Dillard as reliever R.J. Swindle came in for relief. Jose Vallejo singled to left scoring Huffman; 5-5 tie. One out later Borbon singled to CF scoring Benjamin6-5 Redhawks.

Joe Koshansky’s two-out RBI single in the top of the 7th, scoring Escobar tied the game 6-6. That would be the score as both teams completed the regulation nine innings.

Brendan Katin’s 11th inning RBI triple (3), scoring Iribarren, made it it 7-6 Nashville.  But 6,120 Oklahoma fans watched a resilient Redhawks team fight back again in the their half of the 11th inning.

Ramirez opened the 11th singling to center. Frostad followed with a single to CF too. Runners on 1st and 2B, no outs. The third straight batter, Huffman, singled to center scoring Ramirez. 7-7 tie.  The next batter, Nate Gold, doubled (8) home the winning run to make it an 8-7 Redhawks victory.

Sam Narron (L, 0-2) worked the 11th inning without retiring a single batter and yielding the winning run.

Nashville was only 1-for-13 with RISP while Oklahoma was 7-for-15. OKC pounded out 18 hits against Nashville pitching tonight.

MVP: Angel Salome; 2 for 5, 2 runs, 1 HR, 2 RBIs.

June 18, 2009 7:05 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 7 9 1
Okla. City 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 8 18 3
W: Beau Vaughan (4-2); L: Sam Narron (0-2)
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