Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Outlaws move into first, top Richmond


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Outlaws used a four-run sixth inning to break open a two-run game en route to beating Richmond 8-3 at Hawkins Field on Wednesday. With the win, the Outlaws move into a tie for first-place in the central division with the Terre Haute Rex.

The Outlaws (28-23 overall, 14-9 second half) have now won seven of their last 10 and 11 of their last 15 games dating back to July 17.

On Wednesday, the Outlaws were paced by a strong pitching performance from Taylor Haydel who allowed just two runs, one earned on seven hits in seven innings to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Haydel answered the call once again for the Outlaws with the playoffs on the line. The Western Kentucky product struck out four and walked two to pick up his second straight win in his last two outings. Haydel has been a workhorse for the Outlaws all summer long, tossing a team-high 58 innings while posting a staff-starting rotation best 2.79 ERA in 10 appearances.

The Outlaws took advantage of sloppy defensive play by the RiverRats who committed five errors in the game.

With Nashville leading 4-2, the Outlaws broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits, including back-to-back, two-run double by Doug Joyce and two-run single by Greg Bachman.

The Outlaws finished with 11 hits in the game, while Richmond had 10. Doug Joyce (Florida International), Greg Bachman (Austin Peay), and Ryan Emery (Arkansas State) led the Outlaws with two hits apiece while five others recorded at least one hit.

Reliable Lee Thompson (St. Catherine) tossed two innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits to go along with two strikeouts.

Nashville will host co-central division leader Terre Haute tomorrow for what will be a double-header at Hawkins Field. Game one of the doubleheader will start at 6 p.m., with game two to follow. After Thursday the Outlaws will host Terre Haute on Friday at 7:05 p.m. in what will be the last home regular season game of 2010. Friday will serve as the last Faith & Family Night. On Friday, American Idol’s Phil Stacey will play at 5:30 p.m.

The Outlaws only have three home games left so be sure to come out and cheer on the team as they play for a right to go to the playoffs!

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