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Nashville Sounds fall to Memphis Redbirds 7-5, remain in first place

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN -  The Nashville Sounds suffered a 7-5 loss to the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds in front of a season-high crowd of 10,251 fans on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium.

The series finale defeat snapped the first-place Sounds’ season-best six-game winning streak. Nashville (46-42) finished its homestand with a 6-2 record.

Memphis jumped out a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Sounds starter Taylor Jungmann. The right-hander walked the bases loaded with two outs before giving up a two-run single to center by Pete Kozma.

Nashville Sounds fall to Memphis Redbirds 7-5, remain in first place (Mateen Sidiq Nashville Sports Network)

Nashville Sounds fall to Memphis Redbirds 7-5, remain in first place (Mateen Sidiq Nashville Sports Network)

The Sounds got a run back in the bottom of the first when Hector Gomez and Logan Schafer opened the frame with back-to-back doubles off John Gast.

The teams combined for seven runs during the third inning as the Redbirds moved their lead to 6-4.

Memphis used five hits and a Sounds error to plate four runs in the top of the frame against Jungmann. Sounds right fielder Jeremy Hermida (2-for-3) responded in the home half of the frame by slugging a two-out, three-run homer to right off Gast, the outfielder’s second longball of the series and tenth of the year (tying Hunter Morris for the team lead).

Jungmann (4-5) drew the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits in his five innings of work.

Redbirds All-Star right fielder Stephen Piscotty increased the visitors’ lead to 7-4 in the top of the seventh when he smashed a solo homer to center off Johnnie Lowe, his sixth big fly of the year.

The Sounds pulled within a pair in the bottom of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Eugenio Velez legged out a one-out triple and scored on a Hector Gomez groundout to make it a 7-5 contest.

Reliever Jose De La Torre, making his Greer Stadium debut, worked into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, fanning Greg Garcia to escape the jam to work a scoreless inning.

Nashville didn’t go down without a fight in the ninth against Memphis reliever Jorge Rondon. Matt Pagnozzi and Pete Orr opened the inning with consecutive singles. After Donovan Hand’s sacrifice attempt resulted in a forceout at third, Rondon fanned Gomez and retired Logan Schafer on a game-ending groundout to notch his first save of the year.

The Sounds embark on a seven-game road trip tomorrow, beginning with the 7:05pm opener of a four-game series at Round Rock (AAA-Rangers).

It will be the first of 16 meetings between the division rivals over the next two months. Right-hander Michael Blazek (0-3, 4.96) will make the start for Nashville and face Express left-hander Robbie Ross (0-0, 0.00).

Box Score

Memphis Redbirds (39-46) 7, Nashville Sounds (46-42) 5
July 3, 2014

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

 


 

Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Garcia, G, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 3 3 .240
Grichuk, CF 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 .279
Piscotty, RF 5 1 1 1 0 1 2 .304
Scruggs, 1B 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 .244
Pham, LF 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 .321
Kozma, SS 3 1 2 3 0 0 0 .235
Perez, A, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 .302
Curtis, 3B 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .264
Gast, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Castro, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
a-Moore, S, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .246
Fornataro, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rondon, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 7 8 6 5 8 11 .271
a-Walked for Castro, A in the 8th.
BATTING
3B: Pham (3, Jungmann).
HR: Piscotty (6, 7th inning off Lowe, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Pham 4; Grichuk; Piscotty 4; Perez, A; Curtis; Kozma 2.
RBI: Kozma 3 (27), Pham (22), Curtis (18), Piscotty (46).
2-out RBI: Kozma 3; Pham; Curtis; Piscotty.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, A; Garcia, G 2.
SAC: Kozma.
GIDP: Perez, A.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Kozma (6, 3rd base off De La Torre, J/Pagnozzi), Curtis (3, 2nd base off De La Torre, J/Pagnozzi).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gomez, H, SS 5 1 1 1 0 2 3 .245
Schafer, L, CF 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 .235
Rogers, J, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .200
Hermida, RF 3 1 2 3 1 0 1 .273
Halton, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .280
Gindl, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .261
Pagnozzi, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .245
Orr, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .299
Jungmann, P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .385
a-Statia, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .297
Lowe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Velez, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .316
De La Torre, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hand, D, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
1-Mattison, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194
Totals 35 5 8 5 3 4 17 .261
a-Struck out for Jungmann in the 5th. b-Tripled for Lowe in the 7th.
1-Ran for Hand, D in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Gomez, H (16, Gast), Schafer, L (5, Gast).
3B: Velez (2, Castro, A).
HR: Hermida (10, 3rd inning off Gast, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Velez 3; Pagnozzi; Hermida 5; Gomez, H 2; Jungmann; Orr; Schafer, L 2.
RBI: Schafer, L (6), Hermida 3 (42), Gomez, H (29).
2-out RBI: Hermida 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton; Schafer, L.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Jungmann (1, missed catch), De La Torre, J (1, throw).
DP: (Rogers, J-Halton).

 

 

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gast (W, 2-2) 5.0 4 4 4 2 3 1 9.43
Castro, A (H, 1) 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 3.21
Fornataro (H, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.38
Rondon, J (S, 1) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3.22
Totals 9.0 8 5 5 3 4 1 4.42

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jungmann (L, 4-5) 5.0 6 6 5 3 4 0 5.55
Lowe 2.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 5.54
De La Torre, J 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 6.75
Hand, D 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.26
Totals 9.0 8 7 6 5 8 1 3.59

 

 


WP: Jungmann.
Pitches-strikes: Gast 81-49, Castro, A 33-21, Fornataro 10-5, Rondon, J 23-17, Jungmann 94-56, Lowe 24-16, De La Torre, J 25-13, Hand, D 7-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gast 7-2, Castro, A 4-1, Fornataro 1-1, Rondon, J 2-0, Jungmann 7-4, Lowe 2-1, De La Torre, J 2-0, Hand, D 0-2.
Batters faced: Gast 21, Castro, A 8, Fornataro 4, Rondon, J 5, Jungmann 24, Lowe 7, De La Torre, J 6, Hand, D 3.
Umpires: HP: Ramon DeJesus. 1B: Stu Scheurwater. 2B: Adam Schwarz. 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 79 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:09.
Att: 10,251.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
July 3, 2014


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