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Sounds Drop Series Opener In Memphis, 7-5

 

Nashville SoundsMemphis, 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.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger)

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).

Box Score

Memphis Redbirds (75-65) 7, Nashville Sounds (70-71) 5

September 2nd, 2011

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville       1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 5 5 2
Memphis       0 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 x 7 8 0
 
Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gindl, CF 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 .310
Farris, 2B 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 .269
Brown, J, LF 5 1 2 2 0 0 2 .321
Lopez, F, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 .286
Gamel, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .316
Rivera, Mi, C 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .238
Boggs, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .229
Maysonet, SS 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 .291
Narron, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212
  a-Almonte, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .298
  Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
  b-Gonzalez, A, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .261
  Segovia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Totals 28 5 5 5 7 1 11 .282
 
 
a-Grounded out for Narron in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Hand in the 8th.
 
BATTING

HR: Brown, J (7, 1st inning off Blazek, 0 on, 2 out).

TB: Farris; Brown, J 5; Rivera, Mi; Boggs.

RBI: Brown, J 2 (48), Farris (54), Maysonet 2 (39).

2-out RBI: Brown, J 2.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lopez, F 2; Gonzalez, A.

SAC: Narron 2.

SF: Maysonet 2.

Team RISP: 2-for-7.

Team LOB: 7.FIELDING

E: Gamel (15, fielding), Farris (15, throw).

Pickoffs: Narron (Hamilton at 1st base).

Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Greene, SS 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 .324
Punto, 2B 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .286
  Bynum, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .257
Stavinoha, RF 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 .270
Hamilton, 1B 2 1 0 0 2 1 2 .341
Carpenter, M, 3B 4 1 1 3 0 1 3 .301
Brown, A, LF 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .287
Cruz, T, C 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .257
Chambers, CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .281
Blazek, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  a-Derba, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .193
  Parise, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
  b-Kozma, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .216
  Rundles, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 30 7 8 6 6 3 12 .272
 
a-Flied out for Blazek in the 6th. b-Struck out for Parise in the 8th.
 
BATTING

2B: Cruz, T (5, Narron), Chambers (19, Narron).

HR: Carpenter, M (12, 5th inning off Narron, 2 on, 2 out), Brown, A (20, 5th inning off Narron, 0 on, 2 out).

TB: Greene; Punto; Carpenter, M 4; Brown, A 5; Cruz, T 3; Chambers 2.

RBI: Cruz, T (25), Greene (43), Carpenter, M 3 (70), Brown, A (71).

2-out RBI: Carpenter, M 3; Brown, A.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Carpenter, M; Blazek; Stavinoha; Bynum.

SAC: Blazek; Chambers.

Team RISP: 1-for-9.

Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING

PO: Hamilton (1st base by Narron).

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Narron (L, 6-7) 5.0 6 7 5 4 2 2 5.12
Hand  2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.60
Segovia  1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.98
Totals 8.0 8 7 5 6 3 2 4.31
                 
Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blazek (W, 2-0) 6.0 4 4 4 5 1 1 3.75
Parise (H, 5) 2.0 1 1 1 2 0 0 3.98
Rundles (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.91
Totals 9.0 5 5 5 7 1 1 4.12
                 

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.

T: 2:36.

Att: 7,268.

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media


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