Top 10 Moments Of The 2012 Season
#1 - May 26 vs. Round Rock: Sounds Derail Express And Extend Streaks
#2 - May 14 vs. Reno: Fiers Fires Gem Of A Shutout For Sounds
#3 - July 1 vs. Iowa: Sounds Plate Season-High 13 Runs
#4 - July 15 vs. Albuquerque: All Schafer In Narrow 2-1 Win
#5 - April 15 vs. New Orleans: Sounds Find Win After 13 Innings
#6 - August 20 vs. Omaha: Vargas Silences Storm Chasers In 9-1 Win
#7 - June 23 at Albuquerque: Four Sounds Go Yard In The Desert
#8 - May 2 vs. Omaha: Brooks Blasts Game Into Extras For Exciting Finish
#9 - July 19 & August 16: Sounds Survive Weather With Walk-Off Wins
#10 - July 26 vs. Memphis: Peralta Twirls A Career-High 11 Strikeouts
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|Box Score | AUDIO: Brooks Conrad Two-Run Homer | Jordan Brown Goes Back-to-Back
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Brooks Conrad homered and drove in three runs as Mark Rogers commanded the game from the hill to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 7-3 triumph over Round Rock on this summer Saturday evening in front of 8,111 fans at Greer Stadium.
The win was Nashville's fourth consecutive and came with a touch of style, as the team donned their white and red Sounds CARE American Lung Association of Tennessee jerseys. The duds were auctioned off during the game and raised $4,926 for ALA.
Rogers tossed a quality start to earn his first Triple-A victory in his 14th career start at this level for the Sounds. The right-hander held the Express to two runs on six hits over six innings of work, walking five batters and striking out three during his 97-pitch effort.
Conrad continued his incredible groove for Nashville, putting the home team on the board with an opposite-field, two-run homer to left-center off Round Rock starter Greg Reynolds. The roundtripper, which also plated Jeff Bianchi (single), was Conrad's eighth big fly in his last nine games and extended the veteran's hitting streak to 16 games. It also marked Conrad's 10th extra-base hit in as many games.
Jordan Brown followed Conrad's blast with his second homer of the year, a solo blast to right that upped the Nashville lead to 3-0. It marked the club's first set of consecutive longballs of 2012, much to the pleasure of the home crowd.
Left fielder Ryan Spilborghs put the visitors on the board when he led off the fourth inning with his second homer of the series, a solo shot off the left field foul pole. The blast off Rogers was the outfielder's fourth of the season.
Conrad drove in his third run of the night in the fifth when his bases-loaded fielder's choice plated Martin Maldonado from third to make it a 4-1 contest. The Sounds had loaded the bags with one out on a Maldonado walk followed by singles from Logan Schafer and Bianchi, who went 2-for-5 in his return from the disabled list, but managed only the one run in the inning as Brown flew out to end the frame.
Former Sound Brad Nelson pulled Round Rock back within a pair of runs at 4-2 when he led off the sixth inning with a solo homer to dead center that Schafer almost pulled back over the wall with a leaping stab.
Nashville stretched its lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth. After Corey Patterson was hit by a Reynolds pitch to open the frame, Caleb Gindl, Eric Farris, and Maldonado recorded three consecutive singles, the third of which by the Nashville backstop brought in Patterson and chased Reynolds from the contest. Left-hander John Gaub came on and struck out Schafer for the second out before uncorking a wild pitch to allow Gindl to race home with the second run of the frame.
Nashville added its final tally in the eighth, loading the bases against Express reliever Mark Hamburger but netting only one run when Gindl scored on Schafer's double play groundout to up the lead to 7-2. Round Rock closed out the evening's scoring with a run in the top of the ninth, but the home team prevailed, claiming the victory and the Sounds #1 Moment from 2012.
|Box | AUDIO: Erick Almonte RBI Double, Martin Maldanado Solo HR|
Right-hander Mike Fiers tossed a three-hit, seven-inning shutout to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 5-0 victory over the Reno Aces in the first game of a doubleheader on May 14th at Greer Stadium.
Fiers (1-2) picked up his first victory of the season with the gem, which was his second career shutout. His first, a nine-inning three-hitter, came on August 31, 2010 for the Sounds at Iowa. The right-hander walked two batters, hit a pair of batters, and struck out five during his 96-pitch effort.
Logan Schafer and Eric Farris each recorded three hits and Martin Maldonado belted a homer to pace the Sounds' 13-hit attack. Nashville finished 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the contest.
Nashville took a 3-0 lead in the third against the Aces. Fiers led off with a double into the left field corner and later scored on a bloop RBI single off the bat of Eric Farris, which fell just in front of the glove of a diving Adam Eaton in center field. Later in the frame, Brown and Almonte legged out back-to-back, two-out run-scoring doubles to increase the Sounds' advantage to three.
Maldonado upped the lead to 4-0 in the fourth when he belted his third homer of the season, a one-out solo shot to left-center that careened off the guitar-shaped scoreboard. The blast snapped a 20 at-bat hitless stretch for the backstop.
Farris concluded the Sounds' scoring in the sixth inning with a two-out RBI single that plated Schafer, who had singled with two outs, stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch.
|Box | AUDIO: Edwin Maysonet Two-Run Double, Sounds Turn Game-Ending Double Play|
The Nashville Sounds edged division-rival Iowa Cubs in a 13-12, slugfest marathon at Greer Stadium to kick off the month of July and gain sole possession of second place in the PCL American Conference Northern Division.
The 13 runs scored was the highest run-output by the Sounds in 2012 and their third of four double-digit scoring outputs. Nashville scored all 13 of its runs in the first five innings, highlighted by an eight-run fifth inning, which was a season-high.
Shortstop Jeff Bianchi collected three hits for the second straight contest. Outfielder Caleb Gindl also had three hits to extend his hitting streak to a season-high six games while also matching a team-high with three runs scored.
Both teams traded runs in the first frame, with Nashville cashing in on Gibbons' sacrifice fly after Gindl and Bianchi reached on hits. Iowa scored three more runs in the second for a 4-1 advantage, but Nashville answered by scoring two runs with two-outs to trim the lead to one run at 4-3. Third baseman Edwin Maysonet worked a two-out walk and was followed by a single from pitcher Claudio Vargas. Both runners advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch and scored as outfielder Logan Schafer hit a lazy fly ball to left field, which was dropped by Blake DeWitt.
Gibbons went yard over the right field wall in the next frame to tie the game at 4-4 before Nashville took their first lead of the game in the next inning. Second baseman Eric Farris led off with a single, proceeded to steal second base, moved to third on a groundout, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
The Sounds opened the flood gates in the fifth, sending 13 batters to the dish to plate eight runs. Gindl had two hits in the inning, who was the first Sound to collect two hits in a frame since Erick Almonte on August 10, 2011 in Reno.
Gindl scored the first run on a wild pitch and was followed by an RBI base hit by Brown to score Gibbons. On the ensuing at-bat when Farris hit a deep fly ball to center, Iowa centerfielder Brett Jackson committed his first error of the season to allow the next run to score.
Maysonet recorded a two-run double and was followed by outfielder Logan Schafer knocking an RBI two-bagger. Gindl scored the final run of the frame on a throwing error after previously reaching on his second hit of the inning.
Iowa chipped away at the lead with two runs in the sixth, but it was a five-run eighth inning that gave the Sounds a last-minute scare. Nevertheless, the Sounds held on for the victory.
|Box Score | AUDIO: Schafer's First Home Run, Schafer's Walk-off Home Run|
In game one of a midsummer doubleheader, Logan Schafer provided Nashville their only two runs by twice going yard to a 2-1 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes at Greer Stadium to rank as Top Moment #4.
Schafer, who led Nashville after the game with nine roundtrippers on the year, drove left-hander Wil Ledezma's 1-2 offering over the center field wall in the home half of the seventh to give the Sounds their 12th last at-bat victory of a season full of them.
His 2-for-4 effort marked the outfielder's team-leading 23rd multi-hit game of the year. It was the fourth two-homer game by a Nashville batter in 2012 (second by Schafer).
Schafer gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in the third when he belted a one-out solo homer to right off Isotopes starter Will Savage. He later made a key outfield assist, cutting down the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the fourth inning.
Mike McClendon was the beneficiary of Schafer's late heroics, picking up the victory, his fourth, after working one hitless inning and striking out two batters.
Sounds starting pitcher Wily Peralta successfully worked out of early jams, stranding six Albuquerque baserunners over the first three frames including fanning Tim Federowicz to leave the bags jammed in the third.
Peralta was unable to escape another jam as Albuquerque knotted the score in the top of the fourth. After the Isotopes loaded the bases on a walk and a pair of bunts, ex-Sound Trent Oeltjen ripped a single to center, which plated Matt Angle with the tying run. Brian Cavazos-Galvez also attempted to score on the play but was thrown out at the plate by star of the game: Logan Schafer.
|Box Score | AUDIO: Henderson Game-Winning Hit, Edwin Maysonet RBI|
In the Sounds' third home game of the season, relief pitcher Jim Henderson tossed two scoreless innings and provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 13th inning for a 3-2 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Greer Stadium.
Erick Almonte (2-for-4) got things going in the final frame by crushing a one-out double off Sandy Rosario, before moving to third on an infield groundout from Hainley Statia. When Henderson lofted the game-winning base hit to left field, Almonte came in for Nashville's third and final run. Henderson previously was 3-for-19 (.158) in his career from behind the plate.
Also providing offense for Nashville was shortstop Edwin Maysonet, who went 4-for-6 with a double and an RBI. It was the 10th four-hit game of his career, matching his career high. Catcher Martin Maldonado added two hits to extend his hitting streak to four games.
Starting pitcher Wily Peralta surrendered one run on just three hits while fanning three in six innings of work. It was the 22-year-old's sixth quality start in eight career Triple-A outings.
In the low-scoring affair, the Sounds scored the first run in the fourth as Taylor Green opened the frame with a double off the left field wall. The third baseman moved to third on a groundout and came home on a weak infield single by Almonte.
New Orleans tied the contest at 1-1 in the visiting half of the sixth inning and would have taken a lead if not for a strong defensive showing from right fielder Caleb Gindl, who held the runner on third with his quick throw to the plate.
Maysonet gave Nashville back the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning. In his Sounds debut, pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad blooped a one-out single over the third baseman's head. Conrad moved to second on a walk by Logan Schafer and scored the go-ahead run on a line drive single to center from Maysonet. But New Orleans knotted the contest at 2-2 with a game-tying solo homer by catcher Luke Montz, setting the stage for four extra frames and what would become Sounds Top Moment #5.
|Box Score | VIDEO: Vargas' Final Strikeout, Taylor Green's Two-Run HR|
Nearing the end of the 2012 season, Sounds right-hander Claudio Vargas turned in an outstanding performance against the Omaha Storm Chasers to lead the Nashville to a 9-1 victory at Werner Park.
Vargas faced just one over the minimum during his eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out seven batters and walking none. It marked his fifth quality start in his last six outings. Vargas became the first 2012 Sounds hurler to work more than seven innings in a single start, trimming his ERA to 2.17 ERA (14er/58.0ip) over his last nine starts.
The Nashville right-hander retired the first 15 Omaha batters in order, matching the longest such stretch by a 2012 Sounds hurler (Mike Fiers, May 24 at Las Vegas). Storm Chasers second baseman Rey Navarro opened the bottom of the sixth with a double into the left field corner to break up the veteran's perfect game, while only other baserunner Vargas allowed came in the eighth.
Left fielder, Corey Patterson, one of four Nashville players with two hits on the night, doubled twice and drove in a team-high three runs while Taylor Green homered to lead a 13-hit offensive attack. The third baseman has belted three home runs in last four games after swatting only three roundtrippers in his first 60 contests with the Sounds this season.
The Sounds grabbed the lead in the top of the second, when they plated six runs against Omaha starter Nate Adcock. It marked only the fourth time all season that Nashville scored six or more runs in a single inning.
Nashville strung together five consecutive hits to open the frame, a stretch capped by a go-ahead Caleb Gindl RBI single and a two-run double off the bat of Patterson. Later in the frame, Logan Schafer added a run-scoring single, Patterson scored on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and Eric Farris concluded the six-run rally with an RBI triple into the right field corner.
Omaha broke up the Sounds' shutout bid in the bottom of the ninth against Donovan Hand. Former Sound Jason Bourgeois led off with a single and scored on a one-out Irving Falu RBI single.
The win snapped a seven-game skid at Werner Park for the Sounds and goes down as the team's #7 Moment from 2012.
|Box Score | Audio: Halton's Back-to-Back Blast, Rogers' HR Ties It Up|
The Nashville Sounds brought their hot bats to the desert in this 8-4 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes on June 23, finding five home runs from four Sounds, including one from starting pitcher Mark Rogers.
First baseman Sean Halton went yard twice as part of a 3-for-5 evening for the Sounds. The two-homer effort by Halton was the third multiple-homer game of his four-year career and second two-homer effort by a Sound in 2012 after outfielder Logan Schafer went yard twice the night before against Oklahoma City.
Albuquerque took an early 2-0 lead, but the Sounds quickly tied it up on Rogers' two-run homer to left. The long ball was the first of Rogers' professional career and first by a Sounds pitcher since Sam Narron went yard on August 23, 2010 at Iowa. The homer aided Rogers to his third victory of the season, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Donovan Hand ended the contest with 2 1/3 scoreless frames to extend his scoreless streak to 13 1/3 innings in the month of June.
After taking the lead in the fourth, Andy Gonzalez extended the Nashville advantage to 4-2 on the first pitch of the sixth inning from Albuquerque starter Michael Antonini. The big fly was Gonzalez's seventh of the season, which have all come in the month of June.
Five pitches later, Halton went yard over the left field wall for back-to-back jacks, removing Antonini from the contest. It was the third time in 2012 that the Sounds have hit back-to-back homers and second occurrence by the due of Gonzalez and Halton (June 4 vs. New Orleans).
Halton's second homer of the game was to the deepest part of the park to straightaway center, extending the lead to 8-2.
The five home runs set a season high for Nashville and was one long ball shy of a franchise record. The Sounds hit homers in a season-high seven consecutive games, a streak that ended the following night.
|Box Score | Audio: Conrad Game-Tying Homer, Patterson Game-Winning Double|
Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th inning, Sounds outfielder Corey Patterson delivered a walk-off double to give Nashville a one-run victory over the division-leading Omaha Storm Chasers in the afternoon sun at Greer Stadium.
With two outs, second baseman Eric Farris reached on an infield single and hurried around the bases as Patterson lined his second double of the game to the wall in right center for the club's fourth straight victory.
It was the league-leading fifth extra-inning contest for Nashville and the club's 17th contest decided by two runs or less.
Hot-hitting Brooks Conrad homered for the third straight game, which also extended his hitting streak to a team-high 10 games and earned him a promotion to make his Milwaukee Brewers debut on the 4th. At the time he was hitting .400 for the Sounds.
The Storm Chasers batted around and plated their first three runs in the opening frame against Nashville starter Brian Baker, and extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the sixth.
But the Sounds rallied to cut the lead in half at 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh as third baseman Taylor Green (2-for-4) and designated hitter Sean Halton started the frame with singles off reliever Sean O' Sullivan.
Two batters later, Farris reached on an infield groundout to move Green to third. Both runners scored on a line drive double by Patterson.
Nashville knotted the game at 4-4 in the next inning when outfielder Logan Schafer struck out but advanced to first base on a wild pitch, followed by a game-tying, opposite-field homer by Conrad. The two-run shot over the left field wall was Conrad's fifth of the season and third in his last three games.
Reliever Johnnie Lowe picked up his first Triple-A win with a season-high four scoreless innings.
|7.19 Box Score | AUDIO: Green Home Run Winner, Schafer's Two-Run Double|
Two games from the 2012 season saw the Sounds rally from behind to win in walk-off fashion as severe weather loomed large overhead, as if waiting for the game to end before unloading buckets of rain.
On the July 19 occasion, Sounds third baseman Taylor Green blasted a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, just before a torrential downpour at Greer Stadium, to give Nashville a 4-3 win in the finale of a four-game set vs. Round Rock.
On the second pitch from Joe Ortiz (0-1), Green unloaded his second homer of the season and first since he re-joined the Sounds from Milwaukee.
The last-at-bat victory was the Nashville's 13th of the season and gave the club a four-game series split with Round Rock.
In his second Triple-A start, Round Rock starter Justin Grimm quieted the Sounds through the first five innings, while the Express offense took a 2-0 lead. The Bristol, Tenn. native's only baserunner through five innings was Edwin Maysonet, who singled in the third and was stranded at first.
Nashville finally got to Grimm in the sixth with an exciting three-run rally to take a 3-2 lead. Maysonet doubled down the third base line. Eric Farris hit an infield single to put two on to set the table for Logan Schafer's two-run double over the left fielder's head, removing Grimm from the game. Later in the inning,Sean Halton blasted a deep sacrifice fly to score Schafer for the go-ahead run.
Round Rock scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth to tie the contest at 3-3 as the skies continued to darken; nevertheless, Green finished things off in the bottom of the ninth to net reliever Jim Henderson his fourth win of the season.
|8.16 Box Score | AUDIO: Game-Winning Run, Davis' Solo Homer|
On August 16, the Nashville Sounds benefited from two throwing errors from pitcher Brian Moran in the bottom of a rainy 10th inning to walk off with the 3-2 win over the Tacoma Rainiers at Greer Stadium.
For most of the game, winds dictated the flight of the ball in advance of the thunderstorm that soon made its way through Nashville.
Outfielder Logan Schafer began the extra frame with an opposite-field single and moved to second on a pickoff attempt. Second baseman Eric Farris then hit a sacrifice bunt, which was under-thrown to first that allowed Schafer the winning-run.
It was the PCL-leading 15th extra-inning contest (6-9) for the Sounds and seventh in their last 20 games.
At the start, the game remained scoreless until both teams loaded the bases and traded runs in the fifth inning. Tying the game for Nashville was Davis with a sacrifice fly.
Tacoma went back ahead at 2-1 in the top of the eighth against reliever Brandon Kintzler. Franklin lined a base hit to right, moved to second on a wild pitch, and trotted home to score the go-ahead run on an RBI double from Luis Antonio. But Davis answered again for the Sounds with a solo homer, his fourth for the Sounds.
Nashville starter Wily Peralta surrendered only one run in seven innings for a no-decision. In 101 pitched (59 strikes), The 23-year-old scattered four hits and struck out seven. Reliever Jesus Sanchez was awarded the win after pitching the ninth and tenth innings.
|Box Score | MiLB.com Article | AUDIO: Farris Double, Gonzalez Two-Run Double|
Wily Peralta struck out a career high 11 batters as the Nashville Sounds handed the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds a 7-3 defeat at Greer Stadium.
The win gave Nashville its third victory of the series and ninth win in the 16-game season series to earn the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series.
In his seventh quality start of the season, Peralta (6-9) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks for the win. His 11 strikeouts set a career high and was also the most by a Sounds starter in a game for the 2012 season. The win gave Peralta five in his previous eight starts (5-1, 2.66 ERA, 12er/40.2ip).
Offensively, third baseman Andy Gonzalez (2-for-4) drove in three runs while second baseman Eric Farris went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to a season-high nine games (before concluding at 10 games on July 27).
Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when catcher Dayton Buller gave the club their first hit of the contest with a double. The backstop then hustled around to score from second base on a throwing error by the pitcher.
The Sounds tacked on two more runs in the next inning to go ahead 3-0. Farris led off with a single and moved to second on a walk by center fielder Caleb Gindl to remove Memphis starter Nick Additon from the contest. Gonzalez then crushed a two-run double to left-center off reliever Maikel Cleto.
Memphis got to Peralta in sixth, plating two runs to cut the lead to 3-2. With no outs and runners on second and third thanks to a walk and double, Lou Montanez hit a double to right-center.
Nashville batted around and plated four runs in the next frame for a 7-2 advantage. The rally began with consecutive doubles from right fielder Jordan Brown and shortstop Edwin Maysonet, followed a Farris RBI single over the third baseman's head. The speedy left-fielder later scored from an RBI two-bagger to center by Gindl.
Memphis added a late run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly against reliever Mike McClendon.
Four Memphis pitchers combined to strike out 16 Sounds on the night, as season-high for both Redbirds pitching and Sounds hitters.