Sounds Lose 4-3, Split Series with Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. - The Nashville Sounds lost to the Fresno Grizzlies, 4-3, in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Chukchansi Park in the finale of a four-game set.
With a runner on the second base, Fresno's Jesus Guzman drove home the winning run off David Johnson (1-1) with a base hit the bottom of the 11th inning to propel the Grizzlies to a 4-3 win.
With the loss, Nashville (25-17) splits the four-game series with Fresno. Three of the four games in the series were decided by just one run.
Geno Espineli (2-1) earned the win after throwing a scoreless 11th frame, allowing one hit in relief.
Sounds starter Chris Capuano helped his own cause, singling home Nashville's first run of the ball game in the top of the second inning. Shortstop Luis Cruz hit a base hit to reach base earlier in the frame, moved to third on a Ben Johnson single combined with a Fresno throwing error, and then came home on Capuano's RBI-base hit for an early Nashville 1-0 lead.
The Grizzlies got to Capuano in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring both runs with two outs to take a 2-1 lead. After the first two batters were retired, Fresno catcher Buster Posey knocked a base hit to left field, followed by a Joe Borchard single to right. Jesus Guzman then singled home Posey to knot the game at 1-1. Capuano proceeded to hit the next batter and then walked home the other run that gave the Grizzlies the 2-1 advantage.
The Sounds tied the contest at 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning. Outfielder Drew Anderson reached base on a single, and then scored in the next at bat thanks to a pinch-hit double to right field by Joe Koshansky off pitcher Waldis Joaquin.
Nashville regained a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning thanks to a solo home run to right field by Drew Anderson off reliever Osiris Matos, his second long ball of the year.
Chris Smith came in the game to close the contest, but blew his second save of the year after allowing a run in the bottom of the 10th frame to end the game. Tyler Graham singled to reach base, stole second, and then came home on a Brad Boyer RBI-single to extend the contest.
Fresno starter Madison Bumgarner scattered 12 hits while allowing one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings pitched.
For his third consecutive quality start for Nashville, Capuano surrendered two runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Reliever Mike Jones pitched two scoreless innings, allowing no hits with five walks and no strikeouts.
Norris Hopper and Adam Heether each added three hits in the defeat.
The Sounds continue out west with their eight-game road trip and open a four-game series with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA-Athletics) beginning tomorrow at 9:05 pm CT at Raley Field in Sacramento. Left-hander Chris Waters (4-1, 2.55) takes the hill against Sacramento right-hander Clayton Mortensen (4-2, 5.03).
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