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Sounds Hang Ten On Omaha For Doubleheader Split

Nashville Scores Seven In Last At-Bat Victory
June 16, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds batted around and exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-3 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers in the doubleheader nightcap on Saturday night at Greer Stadium.

The victory gave the Sounds a doubleheader split, which was the fourth of the season and moved the club to 4-6 in doubleheader action.

The seven runs scored in the inning set a season-high for the Sounds while the 10-spot matched a season-high previously set on June 11 at Memphis.

Prior to the contest, the Sounds had only scored 18 total runs in the sixth inning all season.

Travis Ishikawa (left oblique strain) made his first rehabilitation appearance for Nashville and went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs as the team's designated hitter.

Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, and outfielders Jordan Brown and Jay Gibbons each added two hits.

Nashville starter Mark Rogers recorded a no-decision, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in five innings of work for a no-decision. The 26-year-old also matched a season-high with six strikeouts with 101 pitches (56 strikes).

Reliever Mike McClendon (3-3) closed the door with two scoreless frames and the victory.

Jordan Brown led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Corey Patterson. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress then threw 10 straight balls, including a wild pitch that allowed Patterson to score the go-ahead run from third. After another walk to load the bases, shortstop Hainley Statia knocked a weak grounder past the shortstop to score Sean Halton.

After a Logan Schafer sacrifice fly and Bianchi single, Ishikawa crushed a three-run double to right -center to clear the bases. The final run of the frame came from an RBI double from Patterson.

The two teams traded runs through the first five innings, beginning with Omaha in the top of the first. Royals' prospect Wil Myers worked a two-out walk and came home to score the game's first run on the next play on a two-base fielding error on Brown.

The Sounds knotted the contest at 1-1 in the bottom of the second and only managed to score one run. With no outs and the bases loaded, catcher Jason Jaramillo grounded into a double play that scored Brown.

In the next inning, Myers uncorked his 11th homer of the season over the right field wall to give the Storm Chasers a 2-1 lead.

Nashville again tied the game at 2-2 in the home half of the third. Schafer blooped a double over the third baseman's head and scored two batters later on an Andy Gonzalez sacrifice fly.

Gibbons gave the Sounds a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth with a towering homer onto Chestnut Street. The long ball was Gibbons' third in his last five games.

Omaha came back to score a run in the top of the fifth to knot the game at 3-3. Irving Falu worked a four-pitch walk, stole second base, and came home to score the tying-run on a Clint Robinson RBI single.

Omaha starter Will Smith (1-4) took the loss after scattering eight hits for four runs in five plus innings.

The teams wrap up the series with a 2:05 p.m. matinee finale on Sunday afternoon. It will be a battle of organizational top prospects as right-hander Wily Peralta (1-8, 6.34) mans the bump for the Sounds to face Omaha southpaw Mike Montgomery (3-2, 4.81).