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Nashville loses in last-at bat in 7-5 loss to Express

July 2, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (45-36) lost another close one, in the last at-bat, to the Round Rock Express (37-43) in Round Rock, Texas. The final score was 7-5. 10,129 Round Rock fans watched a thriller as the game was tied 5-5 in the 9th.

Sam Narron started tonight and was pounded in 4.2 innings: giving up ten hits and four runs.  Dave Johnson through to one batter in the bottom of the 5th and John Axford pitched in the 6th. Axford was not sharp tonight, walking three batters and giving up a run (earned). Wes Littleton pitched the final 2.1 innings of relief  giving up one hit on two runs as he was pegged with the loss (0-4).

Sounds Baseball by kwmcnutt.

The Express used four pitchers as well with Paronto working the ninth and earning the victory (W, 2-1).

Game summary:

Narron was hit hard as the game got underway, yielding a single and back-to-back doubles by Express hitters.  It was 2-0 Express after one.

Koshansky opened the 2nd with his 12th double. Gillespie moved him to third on a single and Maldonado’s RBI-ground out to short scored Koshansky to make it 2-1 Express.

Round Rock plated two more runners in the 3rd as they continued to hit Narron. Bogusevic led-off with a double. Narron retired the next two batters then Saccomanno singled scoring Bogusevic. 3-1 Express. Two straight singles scored Saccomanno making it 4-1 Express after three.

Joe Koshansky slammed his 15th home run in the 4th, with no one on base, to make it 4-2 Express.

The Sounds came calling in the 5th as they exploded with three back-to-back doubles: Narron, Bourgeois, and Escobar; to tie the game 4-4.

Nashville’s John Axford, pitching in the sixth, struggled to retire the Express. He walked the bases loaded with one out, then surrendered a ground out-RBI to allow the Express to take the lead 5-4.

Hernan Iribarren’s one-out RBI-single in the top of the 7th plated teammate Jason Bourgeois who was hit by a pitch earlier.  5-5 tie. That was the score as the two teams went into the ninth.

Nashville failed to score in their half of the ninth and the drama was set for Round Rock in the bottom of the 9th. With Wes Littleton in relief, he walked the first batter to open the ninth. Littleton struck out the next batter then faced Saccommano. Manzella was at first distracting Littleton, who threw two pick-off pitches to first before he delivered his first pitch to the batter Saccomanno.  On a 1-1 count, Saccomanno slammed his 9th home run over the left field fence to give his team the 7-5 victory.

July 02, 2009 7:05 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 11 1
Round Rock 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 11 0
W: Chad Paronto (2-1); L: Wes Littleton (0-4)
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