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Link Report for Thurs. 5/17 -- Manatees Walk Off On An Otherwise Miserable Night

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Posted: May 18, 2012, 12:00 AM Post
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Nine after 9 for May 17, 2012

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Sounds Handed 13-0 Loss By Tucson In Road Trip Opener
Wily Peralta Touched For Nine Runs In Three Innings
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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Nashville Sounds opened an eight-game road trip with a 13-0 defeat to the Tucson Padres on Thursday night at Kino Stadium.

The defeat was Nashville's worst since the club dropped a 17-3 contest to the Oklahoma City RedHawks on April 16, 2009 at Greer Stadium.

Plating runs in seven of nine innings, Tucson's 13 runs in the game were the most scored against Nashville this season, while the 17 hits given up matched a season-high.

With the loss, Nashville (14-25) has been held to two runs or less in 12 of their 19 road games and moves to 4-15 when playing away from Greer Stadium this season, the worst mark in the PCL.

Sounds starting pitcher Wily Peralta (1-4) suffered one of the worst starts of his professional career. The young right-hander gave up nine runs on 10 hits (both matching career highs) while walking and striking out three in three plus innings. Six of Peralta's 10 hits allowed went for extra bases.

The hits and runs allowed by the 23-year-old also set Nashville highs for pitchers this season.

The Sounds' offense went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

Third baseman Andy Gonzalez was the lone Sound to have two hits, while outfielder Corey Patterson was responsible for Nashville's only extra-base hit, a double in the seventh.

The Padres scored their first run in the bottom of the first as leadoff hitter Blake Tekotte doubled to center and later scored on a two-out RBI single from Matt Clark.

Tucson batted around and plated five runs for a 6-0 lead in the third, matching a season-high for runs allowed in an inning. Blake Tekotte led off with a single and scored five pitches later on a Logan Forsyth RBI triple. Later in the inning, after a Jeff Gyorko walk, Peralta surrendered an RBI single to Clark and consecutive two-out RBI doubles to Daniel Robertson and Beamer Weems.

The Padres hit for the cycle as a team and quickly extended their lead to 10-0 in the next frame. Logan Forsythe crushed a two-run homer after Peralta issued an inning-opening walk to Tekotte for the first two runs.

Gyorko then doubled to remove Peralta from the game, and was followed by a Clark RBI triple. Yasmani Grandal singled to score Clark and complete the cycle.

The scored moved to 11-0 in the sixth as Gyorko and Clark reached to open the frame against reliever Amaury Rivas. Gyorko later came into to score on a Yasmani Frandal double play.

Tucson made it 12-0 in the seventh as Rivas loaded the bases by walking one and hitting two in the inning. Daniel Robertson would later score on a passed ball by Martin Maldonado.

An eighth-inning sacrifice fly by Anthony Contreras pushed the lead to 13-0.

Victor Garate gave up one run on three hits in two innings. Rivas allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings. Rob Wooten gave up one run in 1 1/3 innings to end the game, although he did successfully strand three of Rivas' baserunners in the 7th.

Tucson starter Matt Palmer (4-2) pitched seven scoreless innings for the win.

The Sounds and Padres continue their series at 9:05 pm CT on Friday Night at Kino Stadium. Right-hander Brian Baker (1-2, 7.33) will start for Nashville against Tucson left-hander Colt Hynes (0-4, 5.08).


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Audio from Arizona — “(Jordan) Brown’s Town”
May 17, 2012 by Jeff Hem

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds outfielder and Tucson resident Jordan Brown, who flew home from Nashville on Tuesday night after the day game so he could enjoy a true off day at home with his family yesterday here in Arizona before the start of the road trip tonight. That’s one of several topics we discussed with the former Cleveland Indian, who was in Spring Training this year with the Astros before getting let go and heading to the Mexican League before the Brewers called.


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Here are two links to last year's August 9th Link Report detailing the 2-0 Helena loss in which LHP Mike Strong, who struck out nine in four innings tonight, struck out 13 in seven innings.


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Stars Lose Third Straight in Series Opener

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- In the series opener of a five-game road trip at AT&T Field, the Huntsville Stars fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts by a score of 6-3 on Thursday night.

In the second inning, the Stars were able to get out to the initial lead. After shortstop Tommy Manzella and center fielder Juan Sanchez came through with back-to-back singles, third baseman Josh Prince delivered a two-out RBI single that scored Manzella and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead. Sanchez was thrown out at the plate by Lookouts’ CF Nick Buss.

That lead was short-lived though. In the second inning, the Chattanooga offense broke out for three runs, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of pitcher Aaron Miller to give them a 3-1 lead.

After Chattanooga was able to score another run in the third inning, the Stars cut the lead back to two in the fifth inning on a RBI double by first baseman Hunter Morris. For Morris, the double was his Southern League-leading 17th of the season.

That was as close as Huntsville would get though Up 4-2, the Lookouts tacked on a run in the fifth inning as a byproduct of two Stars errors and then another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by catcher Griff Erickson to increase their lead to four.

However, the Stars had their chances. After another RBI single by Prince in the eighth inning cut their deficit to three, Huntsville squandered a chance as second basemen Scooter Gennett grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Then, with two-outs in the ninth and the tying run at the plate, Sanchez grounded out to Chattanooga first basemen Nick Wise to end the game.

For Huntsville, starting pitcher Josh Stinson fell to 4-2 on the season with the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) and seven hits over five innings.

For Chattanooga, LHP Aaron Miller improved to 2-4 on the season as he gave up just two runs over five innings of work.

On offense, the Stars were still able to churn out 12 hits, with Morris and Prince leading the way with three apiece.

The loss was the Stars third in a row and fourth in their last five games.

The Stars and Lookouts will continue their series on Friday as Huntsville will send RHP Evan Anundsen (2-1, 2.48 ERA) to the mound to face off against Chattanooga RHP Matt Magill (3-2, 3.44 ERA). First pitch is at 7:15 ET (6:15 CT).


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A sprinkling of good things among some of the negatives. I have a hard time keeping track of all the guys doing well with pitching. If anyone else looked at the second link to Strong's high K effort last season, I'm curious what pitch he's throwing in that picture.

Seems like there are more guys hitting - I hope some can do it consistently. Always good to see Yadiel get some hits although he sure is far off.


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Bucs' Cole solid again over six innings
Pittsburgh's first-rounder in '11 allows one run, strikes out four
By Danny Wild / MLB.com

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Gerrit Cole is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in eight starts for Bradenton. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

As Gerrit Cole turned in another solid start on Thursday, his eighth game in the Minors, Pirates fans must be wondering when the team's No. 1 Draft pick will take his next step toward Pittsburgh.

Cole, the organization's No. 2 prospect behind Jameson Taillon, struck out four and held the Dunedin Blue Jays to one run on five hits over six innings, his sixth straight start in which he's worked at least five innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer. But Class A Advanced Bradenton couldn't protect its 1-0 lead and fell to Dunedin in 11 innings, 2-1.

So a month-and-a-half into the 2012 season, how does Cole match up with the 2011 edition that went on to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in last summer's Draft?

Through Cole's first eight starts last year with UCLA, the right-hander was 4-4 with a 3.58 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings, including four complete games and four double-digit strikeout efforts. Thursday's no-decision has the Newport Beach, Calif., native at 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 40 frames in the Florida State League.

The numbers, if anything, show that Cole has adjusted well to the professional level while the Pirates remain set on limiting his innings and pitch counts. He hasn't gone beyond six innings in a start this year and his high-water mark for strikeouts is seven, which he's managed twice.

Opponents are batting just .192 against the righty, and Thursday's start was his first without issuing a walk this year.

Cole's eventual promotion to Double-A Altoona remains a mystery, especially after Marauders teammate Taillon said last week the Pirates have not even discussed a potential roadmap for the season with him. Both Cole and Taillon project to be elite right-handers for the Pirates.

Dunedin's lone rally against the Marauders' starter came in the fourth when Kevin Nolan laced a leadoff double and Marcus Knecht singled him home with two outs.

Cole retired the first seven batters he faced before working around a pair of singles in the third. He worked a 1-2-3 fifth and struck out Gabe Jacobo after surrendering his final hit, a two-out double by Jon Talley in the sixth.

Bradenton gave Cole a lead in the third when Justin Howard drew a leadoff walk and scored when Gift Ngoepe's sacrifice bunt led to a fielding error by Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Schimpf. Dunedin scored the go-ahead run in the 11th when Kevin Nolan singled and a wild pitch by Jason Townsend allowed him to score.

Egan Smith started for Dunedin and held the Marauders to an unearned run on four hits and six walks over 4 2/3 innings. Scott Gracey, Boomer Potts, Dustin Antolin and Danny Barnes patched together the final 6 1/3 scoreless frames to finish the win.

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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."
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