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Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds snapped a six-game skid with a 7-6 victory over the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium in front of 7,721 fans in the opener of a four-game series.
Every Sounds starter recorded a hit in the contest except Hunter Morris, who drove in a run. Kentrail Davis enjoyed a successful Triple-A debut, going 2-for-4 with a pair of extra-base hits and an RBI on the night to pace three Nashville players with multiple-hit efforts.Nashville (33-62) improved to 10-3 in Thursday action this season, the club’s most successful day of the week.
The Sounds grabbed a 2-0 lead against Memphis starter Nick Additon in the bottom of the first inning. After Josh Prince singled with one out, Kentrail Davis made his Triple-A debut by ripping an RBI tripled to right-center to bring in the night’s first run. Morris followed with a sac fly to double the lead.
Memphis halved the Nashville advantage to 2-1 in the second when Adron Chambers led off with a double and scored on Tommy Pham’s ensuing single to shallow center that just eluded the glove of a diving Scooter Gennett.
Nashville upped the lead to 5-1 in the home half of the second. Gennett smacked a two-out, two-run triple to the right-center wall to bring home Cole Garner and R.J. Seidel, and Prince followed with an RBI single.
The Redbirds plated an unearned run in the third following a fielding error by shortstop Blake Davis, then pulled within 5-4 in the fifth. Brock Peterson belted his league-leading 22nd home run of the year, a leadoff solo shot to left off Seidel, and Greg Garcia added a two-out RBI double.
Neither team scored again until the eighth when the Sounds tacked on a pair of insurance runs against Victor Marte to up the lead to 7-4. Blake Lalli (3-for-4) delivered an RBI double to left-center that drove in Khris Davis, who had preceded him with a single. Later in the frame, pinch-hitter Stephen Parker sent Lalli plateward with a run-scoring two-bagger of his own to right-center.
Memphis didn’t go down without a fight against All-Star closer Rob Wooten in the ninth. Kolten Wong drew a leadoff walk before scoring on a two-out, two-run Chambers homer that made it a one-run contest. Wooten recovered to retire Pham on a game-ending popout to preserve the victory and earn his 18th save of the year.
Kyle Heckathorn (6-2) picked up the win for the Sounds after working 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief while Additon (6-5) absorbed the loss after giving up five runs in five frames of action in his start.
The Tennessee rivals continue the series with another 7:05pm meeting on Friday evening. Left-hander Aaron Laffey (4-3, 5.61), who signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers today, will make his Sounds debut and face Memphis southpaw Tyler Lyons (4-1, 3.42).
Gates will open at 5:35pm prior to the team’s sixth Faith Night of the year, which features a pregame performance by Christian recording group Hawk Nelson. A fireworks spectacular will follow the on-field action.
Nashville Sounds (33-62) 7, Memphis Redbirds (45-50) 6
July 11th, 2013
a-Struck out for Rzepczynski in the 8th.
2B: Chambers (12, Seidel), Garcia, G (15, Seidel), Pham (4, Sanchez, Je).
HR: Peterson (22, 5th inning off Seidel, 0 on, 0 out), Chambers (6, 9th inning off Wooten, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Chambers 8; Wong; Garcia, G 2; Tartamella; Peterson 4; Pham 3.
RBI: Pham (9), Peterson (66), Garcia, G (13), Chambers 2 (35).
2-out RBI: Garcia, G; Chambers 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Romak; Pham; Garcia, G 3; Wong; Tartamella; Peterson.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Chambers (10, 2nd base off Seidel/Lalli), Wong (13, 2nd base off Heckathorn/Lalli).
PO: Pham (1st base by Seidel).FIELDING
E: Wong (8, missed catch).
a-Lined out for Heckathorn in the 6th. b-Doubled for Sanchez, Je in the 8th.
2B: Davis, Ke (1, Additon), Lalli (9, Marte, V), Parker, S (13, Marte, V).
3B: Davis, Ke (1, Additon), Gennett (4, Additon).
TB: Lalli 4; Prince 2; Garner; Seidel; Gennett 3; Davis, B; Parker, S 2; Davis, Kh; Davis, Ke 5.
RBI: Davis, Ke (1), Morris, H (49), Gennett 2 (17), Prince (34), Lalli (18), Parker, S (24).
2-out RBI: Gennett 2; Prince; Parker, S.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morris, H 2; Gennett 2.
SF: Morris, H.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Davis, B (13, fielding), Garner (4, fielding).
DP: (Davis, B-Gennett-Morris, H).
Pickoffs: Seidel (Pham at 1st base).
TopicsAaron Laffey, Adron Chambers, Blake Davis, Blake Lalli, Brock Peterson, Cole Garner, Greer Stadium, Greg Garcia, Hunter Morris, Josh Prince, Kentrail Davis, Khris Davis, Kolten Wong, Kyle Heckathorn, Memphis Redbirds, Milwaukee Brewers, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Nick Additon, Pacific Coast League, PCL, R.J. Seidel, Rob Wooten, Scooter Gennett, Sounds, Stephen Parker, Tommy Pham, Tyler Lyons, Victor Marte
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