Sounds' bats quiet in Game Two loss
After scoring 10 runs on Wednesday, the Nashville Sounds could muster only five hits and two runs in a 5-2 loss in Game Two of their PCL semi-final series.
The Sounds scored a run in the top of the first inning, and it looked like it could be another big offensive night for the Oakland A's Triple-A squad. Franklin Barreto doubled with one out and he came around to score with two outs on a Matt Olson single. However, the Sounds wouldn't score again until there were two outs in the ninth when B.J. Boyd singled home Olson.
In between, the Oklahoma City Dodgers used two homeruns to do significant damage against Sounds' starter Dillon Overton. OKC scored a run in the first without the benefit of a hit when Overton walked the lead-off man Micah Johnson. Johnson stole second, moved to third on a flyout and then scored on a O'Koyea Dickson sacrifice fly.
In the third inning, Dickson struck again, hitting a two-run homer off Overton. It was Dickson's second homer of the series. In the fifth, Jack Murphy hit a solo homer to lead-off the inning and Johnson followed with a triple. He would then come around to score on a Chris Taylor sacrifice fly.
That would be all of the offense the Dodgers would get in the game, but it was more than enough for starter Logan Bawcom and three relievers. Overton was charged with five runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck-out four and walked one. Andres Avila, Carlos Navas and Angel Castro each threw scoreless innings in relief to keep the game close. Olson was the only Nashville hitter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-4.
The series resumes in Nashville on Friday, as Chris Jensen takes on Chase De Jong.
Midland blows late lead as series evens at 1
Riding a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth, it appeared the Midland RockHounds would move to a 2-0 series lead in their best-of-five series. Instead, the Corpus Christi Hooks stunned the RockHounds with four runs in the eighth and a run in the ninth to win Game Two, 5-4.
The game was a pitcher's duel early, as Corey Walter and Lou Trivino combined to shutout the Hooks through the first seven innings. Corpus Christi starter Trent Thornton kept the RockHounds off the board until the top of the seventh, when Richie Martin singled home Viosergy Rosa to plate the game's first run. Midland could have had more in the inning, but Yairo Munoz was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Martin's single.
Midland added to their lead in the eighth inning, scoring three runs. Beau Taylor and Tyler Marincov both walked to start the inning. After an Andy Paz sacrifice bunt, the Hooks walked Rosa intentionally to load the bases. Munoz grounded into a force out at the plate, but Max Schrock delivered a clutch two-out hit, doubling home all three runs.
Trivino began the eighth, but he allowed his first two batters faced in the inning to reach base. He was lifted in favor of Kyle Finnegan with runners at second and third. Finnegan induced an RBI groundout from the first batter he faced. However, he then allowed an RBI double. After a strike-out, Finnegan allowed two more runs to score on two singles and a wild pitch, tying the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, Cody Stull took over from Finnegan. He walked the first batter he faced and then allowed an infield hit. After a flyout to right, a single loaded the bases. Antonio Nunez then dropped a soft line-drive into center for the walk-off hit.
Walter threw five scoreless innings in the no-decision, allowing three hits and four walks. He struck-out two and induced six groundouts. The RockHounds had 11 hits in the game, with Schrock and Taylor leading the way with two hits each.
The series resumes in Midland on Friday when Ben Bracewell takes on Rogelio Armenteros,