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Memphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds lost the opener of the final series of the 2011 season on Friday evening at AutoZone Park, falling 7-5 to the division-rival Memphis Redbirds.
Left fielder Jordan Brown (2-for-5) gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning when he belted his seventh home run of the season, a two-out solo shot to right off Memphis starter Michael Blazek.
After Memphis pulled ahead, 3-1, with three second-inning runs against Sounds starter Sam Narron, Nashville rallied to tie the contest with single runs in the third and fifth frames.Brown recorded his second run-scoring hit of the night in the third when his two-out single to center brought home Edwin Maysonet. Eric Farris evened the game at 3-3 in the fifth with a one-out single to center off Blazek which plated Maysonet for his second run scored on the night.
The Redbirds pulled back in front by a 7-3 count in the home half of the fifth, using back-to-back, two-out homers off Narron to do the damage. After a pair of runners drew walks from the left-hander in the frame, Matt Carpenter slugged a go-ahead, three-run homer to right and Andrew Brown followed with a solo shot to left. The roundtrippers were the players’ 12th and 20th of the season, respectively.
Nashville closed the deficit to two runs at 7-5 by getting back single runs in the sixth and eighth frames. Both scores came courtesy of Maysonet sacrifice flies.
Blazek (2-0) picked up the win for Memphis and allowing four runs on four hits while walking five batters over six innings of action.
Rich Rundles worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the Redbirds to notch his first save of the year.
Narron (6-7) was saddled with the loss after giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits over five frames of work.
The teams continue the series with a 6:05pm contest on Saturday. Right-hander Amaury Rivas (7-12, 4.88) makes his final start of the year for the Sounds. Memphis will counter with right-hander Adam Ottavino (6-8, 5.04).
Memphis Redbirds (75-65) 7, Nashville Sounds (70-71) 5
September 2nd, 2011
Pitches-strikes: Narron 92-51, Hand 26-15, Segovia 17-9, Blazek 85-43, Parise 29-15, Rundles 7-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 6-6, Hand 3-3, Segovia 1-1, Blazek 9-6, Parise 3-2, Rundles 3-0.
Batters faced: Narron 25, Hand 8, Segovia 5, Blazek 27, Parise 9, Rundles 3.
Umpires: HP: Tripp Gibson. 1B: Tyler Funneman. 2B: . 3B: Mike Jarboe.
Weather: 87 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, Varies.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAdam Ottavino, Amaury Rivas, Andrew Brown, AutoZone Park, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Jordan Brown, Matt Carpenter, Memphis Redbirds, memphis tn, Michael Blazek, Nashville Sounds, Rick Rundles, Sam Narron
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