Travs Take Game One In DH Behind Richards' Effort

    9:35 PM, Jun 8, 2011   |    comments
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    Left-hander Bruce Chen started for the Naturals (26-26) on a Major League rehab assignment and got touched early by the Travs. The Travs started the game with four consecutive hits, beginning with Mike Trout's infield single. Trout advanced to second when Chen threw wildly to first base and then stole third base.
    Darwin Perez followed with an RBI double to give the Travs a 1-0 lead. The next batter, third baseman Luis Jimenez, doubled to right field to score Perez, and Ryan Mount singled to left, advancing Jimenez to third base. Still with no outs, Gabe Jacobo hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Jimenez for a 3-0 lead. Chen then tried to pick Mount off at first base, but threw wildly allowing Mount to get to third. Roberto Lopez hit the Travs' third double of the inning, scoring Mount for a four-run lead.
    Limited to 45 pitches for the game, Chen (0-1, 18.00) got the loss pitching two innings, giving up four runs on five hits, and striking out two without a walk.
    Richards got the first two outs in the top of the second inning, but walked Salvador Perez. Jeff Bianchi followed with a double to left field and Perez scored from first base to make it a 4-1 game. That would be it for the Naturals as Richards retired 14 in a row until Anthony Seratelli hit a one-out single to centerfield in the top of the seventh. Richards retired the next two batters to finish the seven-inning complete game.
    Richards (6-1, 3.57) gave up one run on three hits in those seven innings and struck out six Naturals with one walk.
    The Travs (26-26) threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning when Trout ended a hard-fought at bat with a single to right field. He stole second, but Perez struck out looking for the first out. Naturals' reliever Willy Lebron hit Jimenez with a pitch to put runners at first and second with one out, but Mount popped up to the third baseman Mario Lisson and Jacobo fouled out to the first baseman next to the Travs' dugout to end the inning.
    Lebron relieved Chen in the bottom of the third and pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit, one walk and a hit batter. He struck out three.
    Trout went 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run scored and Lopez went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk for the Travs. Bianchi went 1 for 2 with an RBI for the Naturals.

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