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Sacramento Drops Nashville, 8-3, in Opener

May 24, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Nashville Sounds News Release

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento shortstop Steven Tolleson homered twice to propel the River Cats to a 8-3 win over the Nashville Sounds on Monday night at Raley Field in the opener of a four-game set.

Dispite the loss, Nashville (25-18) still leads division-rival Iowa by a game in the American Northern Division after the Cubs were shut out by Salt Lake.

In a rehab start for the Athletics, starter Brett Anderson allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in three innings pitched. Travis Blackley (1-0) picked up the win, pitching two scoreless frames while giving up two hits.

The Sounds struck first in the opening frame, as Norris Hopper hit a leadoff single off Anderson to reach base. Later in the inning, Adam Heether singled home Hopper from second base to put the Sounds on the board at 1-0.

Sacramento knotted the contest at 1-1 in the bottom of the frame on a RBI-single center field by Josh Donaldson. Tolleson homered in the next inning to put the River Cats ahead at 2-1, a solo shot to left field.

Two doubles in the top of the third inning by the Sounds tied the game at 2-2. Trent Oeltjen doubled to lead off the inning, with shortstop Luis Cruz doubling home Oeltjen.

The River Cats got to Sounds starter Chris Waters in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring six runs and pushing the lead to 8-2. Tolleson homered again to lead off for the first run, his second of the contest and fourth of the season. Later in the frame, Matt Carson added a two-run double, followed by a two-run home run by Chris Carter for the final runs in the inning.

With one out and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, Nashville cut the Sacramento lead to-8-3 on another Cruz RBI, a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Oeltjen for his 21st RBI.

Waters (4-2) took the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits with three home runs allowed and five walks in 3 1/3 innings, all season-highs. Right-handed reliever Mike McClendon added 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out one while surrendering three hits.

In a rehab appearance for the Brewers, David Riske fanned one over one shutout inning. A.J. Murray also threw a scoreless frame in relief.

The Sounds and River Cats will continue with the second-game of a four game series at 9:05 pm CT at Raley Field on Tuesday evening in Sacramento. Left-hander Chuck Lofgren (5-3, 5.03) takes the hill for Nashville.

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