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Sounds lose another one-run game, to Alburquerque

July 6, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (47-37) are a very solid team, one of the best in the PCL, but they are not a great team.  A great team wins their fair-share of the close ones, the hard ones.  Of 17 one-run contests this year, the Sounds are a paltry 6-11.  They just have not figured out how to come out on top of real close games. It’s called execution.

7.6 from NIkon 282 by you.

Angel Salome scores after homering.

The Sounds left two runners in scoring position on three occasions with tw0-out: Gillespie, Gulin and Koshansky. The one that really hurt was the bottom of the fourth. Down 3-to-1 in the 4th, Gulin came to bat with runners on 2nd and 3rd.  With Gulin throwing poorly already it may have been better to pinch-hit for Gulin to give the Sounds a chance in this situation. Gulin never swung the bat and took the third strike stoically.

Starter Lindsay Gulin (L, 4-5) was just not sharp tonight. Alburquerque had their way with the lefty. He pitched five innings, yielded six hits, 5 runs (all earned), walked four and struck out three.  The Isotopes used five pitchers and the winning pitcher of record – Threets – faced one batter in the fifth, but it was enough to earn the victory (W, 2-0).

Game summary:

A Closser RBI-single in the 1st made it 1-0 Isotopes. Alburquerque’s starter Elbert was erratic and of the mark in the 1st inning.  The Sounds managed to only score one run on four Ebert walks in the inning. He walked Katin with bases loaded. 1-1 tie.

The Isotopes simply executed one run at a time to take the 3-1 lead by the top of the 5th when they scored two more to make it 5-1 as Nashville came to bat in the bottom of the 5th.  The Sounds opened their 5th with an Escobar single. With two outs Salome slammed his 5th homer to right.  5-3 Isotopes. Heether then walked and Katin’s 23rd double plated Adam from 1st.  5-4 Isotopes. Koshansky then hit a bases-loaded soft liner to short to end the rally.

With time running out – as the game was only a seven-inning contest – both teams plated a single runner in the 6th. The Isotopes plated just one runner in the sixth but it could have been much worse. Reliever John Askford was erratic in his one inning of work, yielding three walks and one run. Had he peformed well the score would have been ties into the 7th. Nashville’s sixth-inning run came on an RBI-single by Salome scoring Escobar again. 6-5 Isotopes after six.

The Sounds held Alburquerque scoreless in the top of the 7th to set the stage for a last at-bat rally for Nashville. Closer Scott Strickland would face Katin, Gillespie and Parejo. With great effectiveness from hsi slider and breaking pitches, he got all three batters to look pretty foolishly as they all struck out swinging.

Final score: Istopes 6, Sounds 5.

7.6 from NIkon 273 by you.

July 06, 2009 7:00 PM CT

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 6 7 1
Nashville 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 5 6 0

W: Erick Threets (2-0); L: Lindsay Gulin (4-5); SV: Scott Strickland (17)

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