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Nashville Regains Share Of First Place With Victory Over Memphis

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – First baseman Sean Halton homered and drove in three runs to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 9-4 victory over the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds on Monday evening at Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

Nashville (44-41) won its fourth straight game to pull into a first place tie in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

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Halton’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning erased a 3-2 deficit and provided the Sounds with their tenth come-from-behind victory of the year. The slugger went 2-for-4 on the night and is hitting .440 (11-for-25) over his past seven games.

Memphis took a 2-0 lead against Sounds starter Mike Fiers in the top of the second inning when Tommy Pham belted a two-out, two-run homer to left-center, the outfielder’s sixth roundtripper of the year.

Halton halved the Redbirds’ lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second when he slugged a solo homer to left-center off Boone Whiting. The blast was Halton’s fourth of the year and first in his last 126 at-bats.

The Redbirds stretched the lead to 3-1 with an unearned run in the fourth, stemming from a fielding error by Sounds shortstop Hector Gomez.

Fiers took a no-decision in his first start for the Sounds since June 1st. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings of work, tossing 81 pitches.

Nashville rallied to grab a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Sounds loaded the bases to open the frame by drawing three straight walks from Whiting. After Joey Donofrio took over on the Memphis hill, the right-hander committed a balk to force in Logan Schafer to make it a 3-2 contest, then Halton delivered again for Nashville, roping a two-run double down the left field line to put the home team in front.

Right-hander Johnnie Lowe (1-3) was the beneficiary of the Nashville rally and picked up his first win of the year after tossing 2 2/3 scoreless frames of relief, fanning a season-high four. Whiting (0-6) drew the loss for Memphis after being tagged for four runs in his five innings of action.

The Sounds put the game out of reach by plating five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against Redbirds reliever Seth Blair. Pete Orr, who is hitting .323 (20-for-62) over his last 21 contests, delivered the big knock for Nashville, drilling a two-out, two-run double to center to cap the five-run outburst. Four of the five runs were unearned following a pair of errors charged to Memphis shortstop Pete Kozma in the frame.

Memphis plated the night’s final run in unearned fashion against Arcenio Leon in the top of the ninth when Orr booted a two-out Randal Grichuk grounder at second base, allowing Luis Mateo to score from second.

The teams continue the series with another 7:05pm matchup. Right-hander Ariel Pena (4-6, 4.72) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face rehabbing Memphis right-hander Joe Kelly (0-0, 9.00).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (44-41) 9, Memphis Redbirds (38-44) 4
June 30, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 2
Nashville Sounds 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5 x 9 6 2

 

Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Garcia, G, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 3 3 .248
Grichuk, LF-CF 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 .278
Moore, S, 3B-LF 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 .246
Piscotty, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .312
Scruggs, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .255
Kozma, SS 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 .236
Wyatt, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400
Easley, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .240
Pham, CF 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 .311
Curtis, 3B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .264
Whiting, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Donofrio, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Feliciano, P, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Blair, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Mateo, L, SS 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .198
Totals 33 4 6 3 3 11 14 .273
BATTING
2B: Moore, S (18, Lowe).
HR: Pham (6, 2nd inning off Fiers, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Moore, S 3; Scruggs; Pham 5; Easley.
RBI: Pham 3 (21).
2-out RBI: Pham 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scruggs; Grichuk 2; Piscotty.
SAC: Kozma; Whiting.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: Kozma 2 (8, fielding, throw).

 


 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Orr, 2B 5 0 1 2 0 1 1 .295
Schafer, L, RF 4 1 0 0 1 2 1 .182
Rogers, J, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .214
Hermida, LF 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 .263
Halton, 1B 4 1 2 3 0 0 1 .282
Gindl, CF 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .264
Hand, D, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Velez, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .313
Leon, Ar, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Gomez, H, SS 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .242
Pagnozzi, C 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 .229
Fiers, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .083
Lowe, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Mattison, CF 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .194
Totals 31 9 6 5 7 8 10 .259
a-Singled for Hand, D in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Halton (15, Donofrio), Orr (15, Blair).
HR: Halton (4, 2nd inning off Whiting, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Velez; Pagnozzi 2; Orr 2; Halton 6.
RBI: Halton 3 (33), Orr 2 (24).
2-out RBI: Orr 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fiers; Pagnozzi; Schafer, L.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Velez (16, 2nd base off Blair/Easley).FIELDING
E: Gomez, H (11, throw), Orr (5, fielding).
PB: Pagnozzi (3).

 

 

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Whiting (L, 0-6) 5.0 3 4 4 4 4 1 4.59
Donofrio (BS, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.50
Feliciano, P 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.91
Blair 0.2 2 5 1 3 1 0 5.40
Wyatt 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.13
Totals 8.0 6 9 5 7 8 1 4.35

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Fiers 4.0 5 3 2 2 3 1 2.64
Lowe (W, 1-3) 2.2 1 0 0 0 4 0 5.63
Hand, D (H, 6) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 5.40
Leon, Ar 1.0 0 1 0 1 1 0 4.73
Totals 9.0 6 4 2 3 11 1 3.59

 

 

 

Whiting pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.
WP: Blair 2.
Balk: Donofrio.
HBP: Curtis (by Lowe).
Pitches-strikes: Whiting 92-51, Donofrio 14-10, Feliciano, P 11-6, Blair 32-15, Wyatt 6-5, Fiers 81-49, Lowe 32-22, Hand, D 19-14, Leon, Ar 22-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Whiting 9-2, Donofrio 0-1, Feliciano, P 1-0, Blair 1-1, Wyatt 0-0, Fiers 6-3, Lowe 1-1, Hand, D 0-1, Leon, Ar 3-0.
Batters faced: Whiting 22, Donofrio 4, Feliciano, P 3, Blair 8, Wyatt 1, Fiers 20, Lowe 10, Hand, D 4, Leon, Ar 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Donofrio 3-3, Wyatt 1-0, Hand, D 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Stu Scheurwater. 1B: Chris Segal. 2B: Adam Schwarz. 3B: Ramon DeJesus.
Weather: 92 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 3:11.
Att: 3,398.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
June 30, 2014

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