Sounds Rally Late to Conclude Homestand with 9-5 VictoryJuly 31, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Nashville Sounds
With the victory, Nashville (50-61) finished its nine-game stand with a 5-4 record despite dropping three of five to the Isotopes.
Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Sounds rallied for five runs in the frame to post the victory, marking the 16th time this season they've scored the winning run in their final turn at the plate.
Five Nashville batters posted two-hit efforts as part of the club's 13-hit attack, led by outfielder Khris Davis (2-for-4, 3 RBIs), who belted his first Triple-A homer in his second game with the club.
Albuquerque took a 4-0 lead against Wily Peralta in the top of the first inning. After Scott Van Slyke put the visitors on the board with an RBI single, red-hot Isotopes outfielder Jerry Sands provided the big blow with a one-out, three-run homer to left, his 19th of the year.
Sands finished the five-game series against Nashville with a .524 average (11-for-21) with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
After the Sands homer, Peralta -- who took a no-decision -- calmed down to keep Albuquerque off the board over the next six innings, retiring 19 of his final 22 batters faced, including nine strikeouts.
The Sounds got onto the board in the second inning against Isotopes starter Will Savage. Taylor Green led off with a double to right and scored two batters later on Jordan Brown's opposite-field double down the left field line that caromed off the glove of Sands, making it a 4-1 contest.
Davis evened the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third when he belted his first career Triple-A home run, an opposite-field, three-run shot to right off Savage. Jeff Bianchi and Caleb Gindl each preceded Davis with singles before scoring on the roundtripper.
Isotopes third baseman Alex Castellanos put the visitors back in front, 5-4, in the eighth when he belted a two-out solo homer to left off Nashville reliever Donovan Hand. It was the infielder's 14th home run of the season and third of the series.
Nashville answered immediately, putting up five runs in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 9-5 lead.
Davis led off with a single off Scott Rice, moved to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a Green single. Sean Halton followed with a game-tying double to right to even the contest. After Brown drew a walk to load the bases with no outs, catcher Humberto Quintero chopped a go-ahead, two-run single over the left side of the drawn-in infield to give the Sounds their first lead of the night at 7-5.
Edwin Maysonet followed with a bunt single to the left side of the mound, which Rice grabbed and misfired to first that allowed both baserunners to score and Maysonet to advance to third.
Robert Wooten closed out the game with a perfect ninth for the Sounds. Hand (3-1) earned the victory as the beneficiary of the late Sounds rally, while Rice (0-2) absorbed the loss for the 'Topes.
On Wednesday, the Sounds embark on an eight-game road trip, which begins with a 9:05 p.m. opener of a four-game series at Fresno (AAA-Giants). Right-hander Brian Baker (2-4, 5.15) will make the start for the Sounds. He'll face Grizzlies left-hander Clayton Tanner (0-1, 7.80).
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