Schafer Provides Game-Winning Hit in Sounds' 4-3 Win over OmahaApril 30, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Nashville Sounds
With the game tied 3-3 entering the ninth, outfielder Corey Patterson reached an infield groundout, moved to second on a single from catcher Martin Maldonado, and scored on the game-winning hit from Schafer (3-for-5).
It was Nashville's (6-17) second win in a row and third last at-bat victory of the year. The victory was also the first against Omaha this season through the first five contests.
Sounds starting pitcher Mark Rogers matched his Triple-A career high with 5 1/3 innings of work in a no-decision. The 26-year-old gave up one run on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two in 77 pitches, 47 for strikes.
After Schafer singled to lead off the contest, second baseman Brooks Conrad crushed a two-run homer over the left field wall for 2-0 lead. Conrad's third long ball of the season also extended his hitting streak to a team-best eight straight games.
Nashville was able to tack on another run in the fifth against Omaha starter Mike Montgomery for a 3-0 advantage. Schafer pushed a perfectly-placed two-out bunt passed the pitcher to advance to first and was followed by a walk to Conrad. Third baseman Taylor Green then singled to right field to bring home Schafer.
Omaha first baseman Clint Robinson put the Storm Chasers on the board in the top of the sixth inning with a solo blast off the clubhouse beyond the center field wall. The homer was Robinson's fifth of the year.
Storm Chasers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff led off the visiting half of the seventh frame with a double off reliever Victor Garate. Two batters later, Omaha center fielder and former Sound Jason Bourgeois hammered a game-tying line-drive homer to left field. The two-run shot was his first of the year.
Garate was charged with two runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings while giving Nashville its third blown save in five chances.
Jim Henderson (2-1) fanned two over pitched two scoreless frames for the victory. The right-hander has yet to allow a run this season, extending his scoreless streak to a 12.0 innings over six appearances, both team-highs.
Montgomery recorded his third straight quality start in a no-decision. The Royals' top prospect gave up three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in six innings of work. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress (2-2) was charged with the loss with the run in the ninth.
The Sounds and Storm Chasers continue their series at 7:05 pm CT on Tuesday night at Greer Stadium. Sounds right-hander and Brewers top prospect Wily Peralta (0-2, 3.68) takes the mound against Omaha southpaw Will Smith (0-1, 3.76).
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