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Gulin throws 2-hitter (7 innings) to win 5th against Round Rock

July 11, 2009

Lindsay Gulin wins his 5th game.

32 year old LHP Lindsay Gulin (5-5) turned in his best performance of the season tonight before 6,600+ Sounds fans at Greer stadium in Nashville tonight, as he turned in seven innings, yielding but two hits and one run. He only walked one and struck-out six. Gulin had a perfect game through five innings. The Express only managed three hits from Nashville all night.

The contrast between opposing pitchers could not have been greater. The Express went with flame-thrower Bud Norris (3-8), who was pitching a no-hitter himself after five innings.  Norris consistently threw 93-95 mph fastballs all night, even into the 7th. He yielded 5 hits and 3 runs and was pegged with his 8th loss.

Norris’s changeup was 84 mph, which is faster than the Gulin’s fastball.  Gulin’s fastball was 82 mph (with the wind behind his back), while his changeup crossed the plate at times barely over 60 mph. His changeup had Express hitters seeing cross-eyed all night.

Game summary

Both pitchers were throwing a superb game through five innings. Lindsay Gulin had a perfect game after five. He threw 66 pitches through the fifth, with 28 of them called or fouled strikes. He whiffed five Express batters too.

Bud Norris nearly matched Gulin in his first five innings, although his pitches probably averaged a full 20 mph faster per pitch. His only flaw was a third-inning walk to newcomer Johnny Raburn who walked on four straight pitches, averaging 92 mph each.

The sixth inning was the big change in the game for both pitchers.

[Top of 6th Inning] After getting Ramirez to ground out to Iribarren for the first out, Gulin walked Lou Santangelo. Pitcher Bud Norris then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt down the 1B line for the first out, moving Santangelo to 2B. One out. LF Reggie Abercrombie then singled to left on a 3-1 count to drive home Santangelo and give the Express a 1-0 leadAbercrombie then stole 3B but Gulin got Manzella to pop to 1B on a full count.

In the bottom of the 6th the Sounds finally started hitting the hard-throwing Norris. Recently called up Johnny Raburn led-off with a triple into the RF corner [WATCH], with a full-count and fouling off two pitches. It was a good AB for Raburn who did not have a problem hitting Norris’s 93 mph fastball, even getting ahead of them at times.

The next batter was pitcher Gulin in a classic bunt situation. But surprisingly, Don Money did not have Gulin bunting. Instead, he let Gulin swing away. It seemed like a strange call for Money, as Gulin is a poor hitting-pitcher. Norris got Gulin to strike out swinging on three pitches, the last a blazing 93 mph fastball. One out.

Then Jason Bourgeois came to the plate and on a 1-0 count stroked an RBI-single [WATCH] to center, plating Raburn to tie the game 1-1. Iribarren then popped out to 2B on the first pitch for the second out.

Angel Salome then hit an 0-1 fastball to center to advance Bourgeois to 3B.  1st and 3rd, two outs now.  Slugger Joe Koshansky then stepped to the plate.  Don Money called for a surprise sacrifice-bunt from the longballer and to the surprise of 6,600 fans – and the Express infield – Koshansky laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt [WATCH-Listen] on the first pitch, with Bourgeois speeding toward the plate. Norris fielded the bunt and threw wildly to 1B, allowing Salome to reach 3B. Score now was 2-1 Sounds. Heether flew deep to RF to close the inning.

The Sounds added their third run in the 7th off a pinch-hit RBI single by Almonte, scoring Katin.   3-1 Sounds.

R.J. Swindle worked in relief in the 8th and retired all three batters he faced on 12 pitches. One of his changeups was a stunning 51 mph eye-wonder.  Reliever-closer Ryan Houston, pitched the 9th, yielding one hit, but also making easy work of the Express as he got Manzella to hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

The Sounds added some insurance runs in the 8th inning on the strength of Adam Heether’s 3-run RBI blast [WATCH] way over the left field fence on a 3-0 count off Gervacio.  That made the eventual final score 6-1 Nashville.

Tonight’s photo gallery

Tonight’s video gallery

Sound’s game MVP: Lindsay Gulin (threw a 2-hitter to earn his 5th win).

July 11, 2009 6:00 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1
Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 X 6 8 0
W: Lindsay Gulin (5-5); L: Bud Norris (3-8)
LHP Chase Wright (5-5, 3.70) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list to make the start for Nashville tomorrow at 1pm. The Express will counter with RHP Yorman Bazardo (7-3, 2.94).
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Adam Heether slams a 3-run home run off Gervacio on a 3-0 pitch in the 8th.

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