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Braves’ 6-run Fifth Not Enough to Bail Out Blair

Atlanta_BravesJames Loney’s three-run home run provided enough cushion for the Mets to weather a six-run flurry produced against Steven Matz and claim an 8-6 win over the suddenly pesky Braves at Turner Field on Friday night.

After Loney’s homer off Aaron Blair provided the Mets an 8-0 lead in the fifth inning, the Braves tallied six runs in the bottom half of the frame against Matz, who had retired 11 of the 12 batters he’d faced through the first four innings and ended up allowing six earned runs over 4 1/3 frames. Atlanta recorded just two hits against three Mets relievers, including closer Jeurys Familia, who recorded the game’s final four outs with the help of some heads-up defense. One of those was a sensational game-ending pick at first base by Loney after a wild third strike that scooted away from Travis d’Arnaud.
“He made two real good plays over there tonight, besides hitting the homer,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “So it was a good night for him.”
The Braves had won seven of their previous eight games, including each of the four played against the Mets within this span. But they were unable to overcome the struggles endured by Blair, who allowed eight earned runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. New York secured its third win in its past four games after Atlanta put two on with none out in the ninth.
Third baseman Wilmer Flores dove to catch Chase d’Arnaud’s sacrifice-bunt attempt, but the ball popped out of his glove. This simply set the stage for Flores to step on third and throw to second to complete a double play. The wacky game ended when a replay review confirmed d’Arnaud’s throw to first base beat Jace Peterson, who was attempting to reach on a dropped third strike.
“These guys don’t get down and they’re never out,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That’s about as good of a trait as they can have. The way they hung in there tonight, I had a good feeling something good was going to happen.”
To become the first Met to convert 25 straight save opportunities to open a season, Familia had to record the game’s final four outs — the first of them with a runner in scoring position. The closer began by inducing an inning-ending groundout from Adonis Garcia in the eighth, then used two fine defensive plays behind him to escape a two-on, no-outs jam in the ninth. That was good for Familia’s 25th save, snapping a tie with Armando Benitez for the longest streak to start a season in franchise history.
The Braves recorded eight hits through their first nine at-bats of the fifth inning and three hits within their other 27 at-bats of the game. Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes lost a Nick Markakis fly ball that resulted in one of three consecutive doubles that began the fifth. Brandon Snyder’s opposite-field three-run home run was the most costly blow delivered against Matz.
“Obviously, being down eight runs is tough, but nobody is trying to give up,” Snyder said. “To see the guys come back and start rallying like that, it kind of picked the fans up and got everybody into it. We came up a little short, but I think it just kind of shows that we’re here to play and we’re going to fight until the last out.”
A Mets team that entered the night with a Major League-leading 53.2 percent of its runs via homers scored five against Blair without the benefit of a long ball. That changed when Loney clubbed a three-run homer off Blair with one out in the fifth, staking the Mets to an 8-0 lead. Blair was out of the game one batter later.
“For me, it’s getting good pitches to hit,” Loney said. “Wherever they go, they go. There’s never been a hit that I didn’t like.”
Loney’s three-run home run
Loney’s three-run home run
James Loney connects and drives a three-run home run to right field to give the Mets an 8-0 lead in the top of the 5th inning
Patience is running thin: Snitker indicated the club will further discuss whether to give another start to Blair, who has allowed at least six runs in four of his past seven starts. Loney got hit with an 0-2 curveball during a two-run second inning and was behind in the count 0-2 before drilling both his double in the fourth and his homer in the fifth. The Braves’ rookie hurler has struggled with command in the past, but Snitker felt he threw too many “hittable” strikes when ahead in the count during this game.
“You look at his ball-strike ratio and it was pretty good,” Snitker said. “But you can be wild in the strike zone, too, and miss your mark. I think he was. I saw the 0-2 breaking ball to Loney [on the home run]. It was [more like an] 0-0 pitch, not an 0-2 pitch. It was just things like that. The command with the strikes just wasn’t good, and he got hurt.”

Though Jacob deGrom has quietly rounded into form with a 2.81 ERA over his last five starts, a lack of offensive support has left him 0-3 in those games. He’ll look to snap a personal nine-game winless streak when the Mets and Braves return to Turner Field on Saturday for a 6:15 p.m. ET game.  Atlanta will counter with Julio Teheran, who has posted a 1.89 ERA over his past 12 starts. Teheran tossed a one-hit shutout at Citi Field on Sunday. He has completed 16 consecutive scoreless innings against the Mets dating back to last year.  Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast as part of the Atlanta Braves Radio Network beginning with the pregame show at 6:00 PM.

Errors Lead to Sounds’ Demise in Iowa

Sounds7Five errors led to the downfall of the short-handed Nashville Sounds in a 7-4 loss to the Iowa Cubs Friday night at Principal Park.
The season-high in miscues led to a three-run second inning the Sounds (44-32) couldn’t recover from. With the game even at 1-1, starter Jesse Hahn had to face several extra batters in the frame after an error by Ryon Healy and two from Renato Nunez.
When the damage was done, Iowa (35-37) held a 4-1 lead heading to the third. The Sounds battled back and scored a pair of runs to pull within one.
Bruce Maxwell reached on an error and Jaycob Brugman drew a walk to put runners at first and second with nobody out.
The error and free pass came back to hurt the Cubs when Tyler Ladendorf drilled a double off the left field wall to plate a run. Nunez followed with a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-3 game in favor of Iowa.
Nashville starter Jesse Hahn had to leave the game after just two innings. The right-hander was visited by athletic trainer Brad LaRosa in the first inning after he had a misstep near home plate following a wild pitch.
The game was forced into the hands of the bullpen just one night after starter Eduard Santos went just one inning in game two of Thursday night’s doubleheader.
In the bottom of the fourth, Munenori Kawasaki plated a pair of runs with a single to left field. The Cubs added another run in the seventh when Jeimer Candelario doubled home a run against lefty Daniel Coulombe to make it 7-4.
The bullpen trio of Ryan Doolittle, Coulombe and Andrew Triggs covered six innings in the loss.
The Sounds’ offense didn’t do much after Iowa’s Drew Rucinski was pulled after five. Armando Rivero threw three innings in relief and allowed just one hit – a single off the bat of Joey Wendle in the sixth. Joel Peralta tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch the save
The Sounds return home for an eight-game homestand set to begin Saturday at First Tennessee Park. In game one against the Omaha Storm Chasers, right-hander Angel Castro (0-4, 5.48) starts for the Sounds. Omaha has not announced a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Motlow State Baseball’s Gilmer Earns National Academic Recognition

John Reese Gilmer (Photo compliments of MotlowSports.com)

John Reese Gilmer (Photo compliments of MotlowSports.com)

Motlow State Community College student athletes posted another strong performance in the classroom during the 2015-16 year, led by a pair of baseball players who were recently honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Sophomore John Reese Gilmer, who played at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester and transferred to Motlow following his freshman season at Tennessee Temple University, earned the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award from the NJCAA, recognizing those who post a grade point average between 3.60 – 3.79.

Classmate Charter Helton earned the Superior Academic Achievement Award, which goes to student-athletes who post a grade point average between 3.80 – 3.99. Helton played his high school baseball at Lewis County in Hohenwald. He was injured for much of the season and received a medical hardship, giving him an additional season of eligibility.

Motlow’s softball team led the school’s four athletic programs in overall classroom performance, posting a team GPA of 3.0. Overall, 66 percent of Motlow’s sophomore student athletes graduated in May, with multiple others scheduled to complete their associate degree in August.

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Sounds Begin Eight-Game Homestand Saturday

Sounds5The first-place Nashville Sounds begin a nine-day, eight-game homestand on Saturday, June 25 when they welcome two American Northern Division opponents to First Tennessee Park.

The first series is a four-game set against the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Following a team off day on Wednesday, June 29, the Sounds host the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers from June 30-July 3.

Below is a preview for each game of the homestand:

Saturday, June 25 vs. Omaha – 7:05 p.m.
• Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
• It’s Star Wars Night at First Tennessee Park. Dress up in Star Wars gear and may the force be with you! Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet various Star Wars characters throughout the night.
• Shoe-Bacca Shoe Drive – Fans who donated a pair of shoes to Soles-4-Souls will be entered into a drawing to win a club suite to the Sounds’ August 29 games against Iowa.

Sunday, June 26 vs. Omaha – 6:35 p.m.
• Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
• Faith Night – The first 2,000 fans at First Tennessee Park receive a purple Faith Night T-shirt presented by Trevecca Nazarene University.
• Pre-game concert in the Fun Zone by Audio Adrenaline and Awaken presented by Trevecca Nazarene University and 94 FM The Fish.
• Pre-game autograph session with select Sounds players 5:30-5:45.
• Military Sunday presented by Piedmont Natural Gas, Tennessee 811 and WSMV Channel 4 – the Sounds will wear camouflage jerseys to honor active/veteran military men, women & families.
• Post-game Kids Run the Bases (12 & under) presented by First Tennessee.

Monday, June 27 vs. Omaha – 7:05 p.m.
• Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
• Major League Monday Oakland A’s themed sunglasses giveaway presented by Family Leisure and 650 AM WSM (First 2,000 Fans).
• Kroger Plus Monday – Buy a “Family 4-Pack” that includes 4 Select section tickets, 4 hot dogs & 4 fountain sodas for $44. This offer is only available at participating Ticketmaster locations inside Kroger stores and is not available at First Tennessee Park.

Tuesday, June 28 vs. Omaha – 7:05 p.m.
• Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
• “Live from Nashville, it’s Tuesday Night” presented by The Tennessean and First Tennessee – Don’t miss the XPOGO stunt team as they perform their high-flying act pre-game and during the game.

Thursday, June 30 vs. Oklahoma City – 7:05 p.m.
• Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
• Throwback Thursday presented by iHeartMedia – the Sounds will wear throwback jerseys to commemorate the team’s original uniform style from 1978. Fans can purchase Coca-Cola fountain soda, domestic draft beers and 12oz. cans for $2 each. Bud and Bud Light 16oz. cans and import and craft draft beer can be purchased for $3 each.

Friday, July 1 vs. Oklahoma City – 7:05 p.m.
• Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
• FOX17 post-game fireworks presented by Koorsen Fire & Security.

Saturday, July 2 vs. Oklahoma City – 7:05 p.m.
• Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 3 vs. Oklahoma City – 6:35 p.m.
• Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
• Post-game Independence Day Fireworks Celebration presented by Nashville International Airport.
• Pre-game autograph session with select Sounds players 5:30-5:45.
• Military Sunday presented by Piedmont Natural Gas, Tennessee 811 and WSMV Channel 4 – the Sounds will wear camouflage jerseys to honor active/veteran military men, women & families.
• Post-fireworks Kids Run the Bases (12 & under) presented by First Tennessee.

The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

Garcia’s Go-Ahead Blast Vaults Braves Past Mets

Braves2The Braves continued both their mastery of the Mets and their overall surge on Thursday, coming from behind to nab a 4-3 win over New York at Turner Field.

Adonis Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Addison Reed in the eighth inning, giving the Braves their first lead of the night. Atlanta nearly knotted the score an inning earlier, but Michael Conforto turned a potential game-tying sacrifice fly into an inning-ending double play, which resulted in Braves interim manager Brian Snitker’s ejection after he lost a challenge.
“These guys — I’ve said it ever since I’ve been here — there’s just no quit in them,” Snitker said. “They just keep working, keep grinding, keep playing and picking each other up. It’s nice when they’re rewarded like that.”
Braves starter Matt Wisler submitted a quality start, giving up three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Because his counterpart, Matt Harvey, allowed only two runs in six innings, Wisler was on the hook for a loss until Garcia bailed him out with his homer.
The win was Atlanta’s fourth straight over the Mets, after sweeping them at Citi Field last weekend. And it was their seventh win in eight games overall, bedeviling a Mets team that took 11 of 19 from their division rivals last year.
“They’re playing good right now,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “They’re playing very, very good. I know they won six in a row. We’re having a tough time getting them out.”
With a runner on and his team trailing, 3-2, in the eighth, Garcia blasted an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall to give the Braves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The homer was his third in his past 36 at-bats. The 31-year-old has hit 14 home runs in his career, and nine of those have either tied the game or given the Braves a lead.
“I’ve had some good luck, and I feel like a majority of them have seemed to come here at Turner Field,” Garcia said through a translator. “So that always feels good to be able to do that at home. I’m just grateful for the opportunities, and I’m grateful those times have worked out and those home runs were able to give the team the lead.”
Three innings after Conforto banged his knee against the left-field wall, ripping a hole in the padding and limping off the field, he found himself back in nearly the same spot. With men on second and third, Ender Inciarte lifted what seemed destined to be a game-tying sacrifice fly down the line. But Conforto caught the ball in foul ground, gathered himself and fired home, where his throw gave Travis d’Arnaud just enough time to slap a tag on Emilio Bonifacio.
Snitker challenged the inning-ending double play, but a review confirmed not only that d’Arnaud’s tag beat Bonifacio to the plate, but also that he left a proper lane for the Braves outfielder to slide. The final ruling brought Snitker flying out to the field, where he was promptly ejected.
“I just tried to make sure I caught it, and then apply a tag,” d’Arnaud said. “I just didn’t think there was enough evidence to overturn it if he was safe.”
Entering Thursday, A.J. Pierzynski was batting .143 (6-for-42) in his past 16 games and hadn’t recorded an extra-base hit since May 20. The 39-year-old served as the Braves’ offensive catalyst early, driving in the team’s first run in the fourth and cutting the deficit to one with an RBI double in the sixth. He now has 900 RBIs and 398 doubles in his career.
“He swung the bat really well tonight,” said Snitker. “He got one of the big hits in the ninth inning yesterday to bring the tying run to the plate. He’s been swinging the bat better, which is great. We’re going to need him. He’s been working at it, too, so it’s good to see him swinging the bat like that.”
The Mets’ offensive attack came from a pair of players aching to make contributions. Filling in for injured center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, Alejandro De Aza put the Mets on the board with an RBI double in the second inning, snapping an 0-for-20 skid at the plate. Three innings later, Neil Walker cracked an 0-for-15 slide with a run-scoring single. Walker reached base safely three times, also plating a run with a sacrifice fly in the third.
Aaron Blair will take the mound for Atlanta in the second game of this four-game series. The right-hander is still looking for his first career win in what will be his 11th start. He showed better command in his outing against the Mets on Saturday, issuing just one walk, but has given up 18 free passes at home this year.  Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast beginning at 6 PM on Friday as part of the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

Sounds Split Twin Bill In Iowa

Sounds4The Nashville Sounds split their doubleheader with the Iowa Cubs losing 3-0 in game one and taking game two 7-4 Thursday night at Principal Park.
The Sounds took the early 1-0 lead in game two when Joey Wendle batted home Matt Olson on a RBI fielder’s choice in the second inning. The Sounds then plated four runs in the third, highlighted by a bases clearing three-run double from Matt McBride to put the Sounds up 4-0. Wendle then singled up the middle to score McBride from second to put the Sounds up 5-0.
Iowa bounced back scoring two runs in the bottom half of the third. Vimael Machin singled to lead off the inning for the Cubs and was followed by John Andreoli who hit a double to center. With runners at second and third, Juan Perez hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Machin from third. Mark Zagunis then grounded out to second and Andreoli came in to score to shrink the Sounds lead to 5-2.
The Cubs inched closer as they pushed a run across in the bottom of the fourth inning. David Freitas hit a sacrifice fly to left field by scoring Matt Murton to draw the Cubs within two, 5-3.
Nashville added a pair in the fifth to extend their lead to 7-3. Renato Nunez singled to left to lead off the inning for the Sounds and was followed by walks to Ryon Healy, and McBride. Wendle then walked with the bases loaded to allow scoring Nunez to put the Sounds up 6-3. Tyler Ladendorf then hit an infield single to score Healy from third, and the Sounds led 7-3.
Iowa picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Frietas singled to left to score Murton to bring the Cubs within three, as they trailed 7-4 after six.
Tucker Healy came on in the seventh inning to get the final three outs and preserve the 7-4 win while picking up his fifth save as a Sound. Aaron Kurcz who came in for the injured Eduard Santos in the second inning picked up his fourth win as a Sound.
Iowa took game one as they shutout the Sounds 3-0.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in game one of the doubleheader in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mark Zegunis doubled to left field to lead off the inning for the I-Cubs. Matt Murton then walked to batters later to have runners at the corners for Jeimer Candelario. Candelario then singled to right to score Zegunis as the Cubs took the lead.
Nashville had an opportunity late to tie or take the lead but left the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, however, Cubs reliever Miguel Mejia struck out Matt Olson and Matt McBride to end the Sounds threat.
Iowa added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth of game one to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Dan Vogelbach walked to lead off the inning for the I-Cubs and Murton followed with a single to left. Juan Perez then doubled to left to score Kristopher Negron who pinch ran for Vogelbach to put Iowa up 2-0. Sounds reliever Patrick Schuster inherited a bases loaded situation from starter Chris Smith who went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on 8 hits. Schuster was able to get Munenori Kawasaki to ground into a fielder’s choice. Schuster then walked Andreoli with the bases loaded to make the score 3-0.
The series concludes Friday night from Principal Park as the Sounds will send right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-3, 3.55) and the Cubs will counter with right-hander Drew Rucinski (4-6, 5.84). First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. CST.

Motlow State Announces Dates for Softball Camp

softball 6Motlow State Community College will hold its 2016 Softball Camp for children 12 years old and younger June 27-29, according to Janice Morey, Lady Bucks’ head coach.

The camp will begin each day at 9 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. Campers will develop fundamental skills in defense, hitting, bunting and base running.

The cost is $75 per camper. If a family has more than one child participating, the additional family members will pay only $50.

A registration form is available on the Motlow State athletics website at www.motlowsports.com. For further information contact Coach Morey at jmorey@mscc.edu or 931-393-1617.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at <www.motlowsports.com> for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics at <Facebook/MotlowSports> and <Twitter@MotlowSports>.

Braves’ Winning Streak Ends Against Marlins

Atlanta_BravesThe Marlins were desperate for a starter to go deep into a game, and left-hander Adam Conley delivered on Wednesday afternoon, scattering four hits over eight innings in a 3-0 win over the Braves at Marlins Park.

The eight innings are a career high for Conley, who previously tossed as many as 7 2/3 hitless in Milwaukee on April 29. The left-hander also is the first Miami starter this season to complete eight innings. Miami split its two-game set with the Braves, beating the visitors for just the second time in eight tries in the season series.
“It was exactly what we needed,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We needed someone to get deep into this game. We had a number of [relievers] we weren’t willing to use today. Honestly, we could use another one of these things tomorrow and reset the whole thing.”
The Marlins did all their damage at the plate in the second inning, stringing together five straight hits. Marcell Ozuna blistered a leadoff triple, which Justin Bour followed with a two-run homer into the upper deck in right field. Jeff Mathis drove in Derek Dietrich with a single to cap the three-run inning.
Braves right-hander John Gant worked 5 2/3 innings, and six of the seven hits he allowed came in Miami’s three-run second inning. Gant retired 12 straight before Bour’s two-out single in the sixth inning, after which he was replaced for lefty Ian Krol.
“I think he just got his mix going a littler better,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “They jumped on a couple fastballs, and he hung one breaking ball, a kind of get-me-over with two strikes on Mathis. Overall, he settled down and gave us a chance.”
The loss snapped the Braves’ season-best six game winning streak.
When Jace Peterson singled to open the game and reached second on a wild pitch, it looked like it could have been the beginning of a rough afternoon for Conley. Instead, the 26-year-old regrouped, turning in one of the most impressive starts of his young big league career. The lefty won for the first time since May 16 at Philadelphia, a span where he was 0-2 with a 4.64 ERA over six starts. The 114 pitches Conley threw were two shy of his career high, when he tossed 116 at Milwaukee on April 29.
“I noticed in my last couple of starts, I wasn’t able to get as deep into the game as I had hoped,” Conley said.
Gant received a much needed defensive pick-me-up after allowing five straight hits in the second inning. On Mathis’ RBI single, Braves left fielder Jeff Francoeur threw out Chris Johnson for the first out at third base. Gant settled in after the play, retired 13 of the next 15 batters he faced, yielding just two hits the rest of the way.
“That was a big out,” Gant said. “I was obviously very pleased to see that happen. Sometimes baseball evens itself out. There was a bloop hit, so maybe that’s the game’s way of evening it out for me.”
With the quick turnaround on Wednesday after playing 10 innings on Tuesday night, Miami gave Giancarlo Stanton a breather. Bour moved into the fifth spot, where Stanton has been batting recently with Ozuna hitting cleanup. In the second inning, Bour connected on a no-doubt, two-run homer that Statcast™ projected traveled 419 feet with an exit velocity of 107 mph and a launch angle of 25 degrees. Ozuna started the rally with a leadoff triple.
The Marlins had a chance to add on more in the second, but Johnson was out trying to advance from first to third on Mathis’ hit.
“You really want my thoughts? We could have had five runs there instead of three,” Mattingly said. “Obviously, it’s good to get on the board. Justin gives us those quick two. Mathis gets a big hit for us. [Dietrich] starts the inning back over after Justin. Obviously, it was good to be able to score there. It would have been nice to be able to tack on, and kind of add on and take the stress away. It was that kind of game. Day games seem to be hard to get runs.”
Making his debut: Braves reliever Tyrell Jenkins threw a scoreless eighth inning, inducing three weak groundouts in his Major League debut. Jenkins, who was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on June 16, is ranked Atlanta’s No. 7 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. Over 14 appearances in Triple-A this season, nine of which were starts, Jenkins had a 2.91 ERA.
“There’s kind of never a perfect spot, and right there, we felt like this is as good as any and let’s get him out there,” Snitker said. “I thought he did really good.”
The Braves travel home to open a four-game set with the Mets, starting Thursday at 6:10 p.m. CT. Right-hander Matt Wisler (3-7, 4.23 ERA), who owns a 1.55 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, takes the hill.  Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast beginning at 6 PM on Thursday as part of the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

Cubs Edge Sounds in Series Opener

Sounds2The Nashville Sounds dropped the series opener to the Iowa Cubs as the offense went quiet in a 3-2 loss Wednesday afternoon at Principal Park.
The Sounds (43-30) managed just five hits and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position against three Iowa (33-36) pitchers.
Starters Chris Jensen for Nashville, and Jake Buchanan for Iowa, each threw quality starts but Buchanan was better by a slim margin. The right-hander limited the Sounds to one run on just three hits over his six innings in a winning effort. Jensen was charged with the loss after he allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings.
Jensen and the Sounds held a brief 1-0 lead when they scored in the first half of the second inning. Ryon Healy doubled and Matt Olson walked to put a pair of runners on base. Buchanan struck out Joey Wendle and Matt McBride, but couldn’t escape the jam before Bruce Maxwell brought in Healy with a run-scoring base hit up the middle.
The lead didn’t last long as Iowa produced their own two-out hitting to jump in front. With two down and runners at first and second, David Freitas sent a single to left-center that chased home Dan Vogelbach with the tying run.
Munenori Kawasaki gave the Cubs the lead when he sent a ball down the left field line and into the corner. Kristopher Negron scored from second to make it 2-1, but the relay throw from shortstop Chad Pinder to the plate cut down Freitas to end the inning.
The Cubs extended their lead to 3-1 in the fifth, and it stayed that way until the seventh.
With Buchanan departed from the game, McBride launched an offering from Felix Pena over the left field wall for a solo home run – his fourth long ball of the season.
That’s as close as Nashville would get, however, as Pena fired a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Joel Peralta followed suit in the ninth to earn the save.
Maxwell and Healy accounted for four of Nashville’s five hits, with the other coming on McBride’s blast. The rest of the lineup went hitless in 21 at bats.
Games two and three of the series are scheduled for Thursday in Des Moines. Right-hander Chris Smith (4-5, 4.43) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Aaron Brooks (0-1, 15.00) in game one of the doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 5:08 p.m.

Coffee County Youth Bass Club Hosts 1st Night Tournment

Hunter Sanders(left) and Brayden Majors(right) show off their tournament winning fish on Saturday, June 18th for the Coffee County Youth Bass Club night tournament. (Photo provided by Phil Petty)

Hunter Sanders(left) and Brayden Majors(right) show off their tournament winning fish on Saturday, June 18th for the Coffee County Youth Bass Club night tournament. (Photo provided by Phil Petty)

The Coffee County Youth Bass Club hosted their 1st night fishing tournament ever on Saturday night on Normandy Lake.  “Blasting off” from Barton Springs boat ramp at 6 PM, 7 different teams of the Coffee County club competed in the night event.  Fishing continued until midnight when the fish were weighed and the winners were announced.

Winning the “Big Fish” award was Hunter Sanders who landed a 2.65 pound bass.  Sanders, along with fishing partner Brayden Majors, also claimed the first place award as the young anglers had a stringer of 4 fish weighing in at a total of 8.84 pounds.  The team of Issac Turner and Cam Rutledge claimed 2nd place with a 2 fish total of 3.18 pounds and the team of Hogan Scott and Tyler Shelton weighed in a single fish at 1.58 pounds.

Boats from the Coffee County Youth Bass Club "blast off" on Saturday, June 18th for their 1st ever night tournament. (Photo provided by Phil Petty)

Boats from the Coffee County Youth Bass Club “blast off” on Saturday, June 18th for their 1st ever night tournament. (Photo provided by Phil Petty)

The Coffee County Youth Bass Club has tentatively scheduled the 2nd of 3 summer night tournaments on July 16th.  The club is coached by Phil Petty and is open to Coffee County area students in grades 8 thru 12 for the upcoming school year.  If you would like more information about joining or sponsorship, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Coffee-County-Youth-Bass-Club-1227052340639230/?fref=ts

 

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