Sounds Derail Express, 5-2August 24, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Nashville Sounds
Sounds starter Hiram Burgos (1-2) picked up his first career Triple-A victory after holding the Express to two runs (one earned) on four hits over five-plus innings of work. The right-hander walked four batters and struck out three while throwing 102 pitches on the night, his highest workload in six starts since joining Nashville.
Nashville (62-72) grabbed a 1-0 lead against Express starter Justin Grimm in the top of the second inning. Sean Halton led off with a double to center and scored the night's first run on Gindl's two-out RBI single.
The Sounds increased the advantage to 3-0 in the third. Eric Farris led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a Corey Patterson single, and scored on a Khris Davis sacrifice fly to right. Patterson then scored the second Nashville run of the frame when Jordan Brown followed Davis with a first-pitch RBI single to right.
Gindl continued his solid night in the fourth when he led off with the first of his three two-baggers and later scored on a Patterson groundout to make it a 4-0 contest.
Nashville missed a chance to add to the lead in the top of the sixth. After the Sounds placed runners on second and third with no outs, Grimm and reliever Neal Cotts combined to strand the runners there and keep the lead at 4-0.
Burgos opened the contest with five scoreless frames for Nashville before running into trouble as he tired in the sixth, when Round Rock halved its deficit to 4-2.
The Nashville right-hander walked the first three batters of the frame to load the bases before being replaced on the hill. Reliever Amaury Rivas induced a first-pitch flyout from Matt Kata to record the first out then got a potential double play grounder to short off the bat of Joey Butler, but Farris' throw from second on the play was in the dirt and eluded Halton at first base, allowing a pair of Express runs to score.
Gindl struck again for the Sounds in the eighth, ripping his third double of the night off the top of the left field wall to plate Andy Gonzalez to up the Nashville lead to 5-2.
Five Nashville relievers combined to work four scoreless innings following Burgos' departure, capped by a 1-2-3 ninth by Rob Wooten, who notched his fifth save.
Grimm (2-3) took the loss for the Express after giving up four runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings of action.
The teams continue the series with another 7:05 p.m. meeting on Saturday night. Right-hander Claudio Vargas (6-1, 3.58) will toe the slab for the Sounds and face Round Rock southpaw Martin Perez (7-6, 4.11).
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