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Nashville’s Sean Halton Continues Hot Streak With Homer

Nashville SoundsMemphis, TN – The first-place Nashville Sounds (49-45) had their chance at capturing the I-40 Cup spoiled by an impressive pitching performance from the Memphis Redbirds (44-47) in an 8-1 loss at AutoZone Park on Wednesday night.

Nashville never found an answer against Redbirds starter Tim Cooney, who struck out eight Sounds in eight innings while allowing just three hits.

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Outfielder Sean Halton was able to continue his impressive run at the plate despite the result.

He went 2-for-4 including a solo home run in the top of the seventh for Nashville’s lone run of the night. Halton is now hitting .440 (22-for-50) in his last 12 games and increased his hitting streak to six games.

Third baseman Jason Rogers also picked up two hits in the contest, but he left the game in the top of the ninth after beating out an infield single.

Sounds starter Michael Blazek appeared to find his stride after a shaky beginning to his outing, as he retired 10 straight batters after allowing Memphis to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Xavier Scruggs RBI double.

The wheels fell off for Nashville in the bottom of the fifth when the Redbirds scored four runs that were all charged to Blazek. Sounds reliever Jose De La Torre saw his string of six consecutive scoreless outings end when he allowed a solo home run to Ed Easley in the bottom of the sixth.

Nashville reliever Dustin Molleken made his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list on June 30th, allowing one run in 0.2 innings while striking out two.

The Sounds will have one last chance to clinch the I-40 Cup against Memphis on Thursday at 12:05pm. Nashville will send RHP Mike Fires (6-4, 2.63) to the bump opposite Memphis RHP Boone Whiting (1-6, 4.26). Jeff Hem will have the call on 102.5 The GAME.

Box Score

Memphis Redbirds (44-47) 8, Nashville Sounds (49-45) 1
July 9, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 0
Memphis Redbirds 1 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 x 8 10 0

 


 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Herrera, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .309
Gomez, H, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .259
Rogers, J, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .222
1-Orr, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .290
Clark, M, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .316
Halton, LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .295
Velez, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .304
Gindl, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .248
De La Torre, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Molleken, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Leon, Ar, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Statia, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Lowe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zarraga, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Blazek, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Mattison, RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .184
Totals 31 1 5 1 1 8 7 .259
a-Popped out for Leon, Ar in the 8th.
1-Ran for Rogers, J in the 9th.
BATTING
HR: Halton (5, 7th inning off Cooney, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Clark, M; Rogers, J 2; Halton 5.
RBI: Halton (38).
2-out RBI: Halton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton.
GIDP: Gomez, H.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 4.

 

 

Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Robinson, S, RF 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 .336
Grichuk, LF 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 .281
Moore, S, 3B 3 2 0 0 2 1 1 .239
Scruggs, 1B 4 1 2 2 0 2 1 .250
Pham, CF 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .322
Garcia, G, 2B 3 0 2 2 1 0 0 .254
Kozma, SS 4 0 1 1 0 1 5 .226
Easley, C 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 .259
Cooney, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .158
a-Piscotty, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .305
Donofrio, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 8 10 8 5 6 12 .271
a-Flied out for Cooney in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Robinson, S (11, Blazek), Scruggs (15, Blazek).
HR: Easley (5, 6th inning off De La Torre, J, 0 on, 0 out), Grichuk (15, 8th inning off Lowe, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Garcia, G 2; Scruggs 3; Grichuk 4; Robinson, S 3; Kozma; Easley 5.
RBI: Scruggs 2 (46), Robinson, S (8), Garcia, G 2 (27), Easley (20), Kozma (28), Grichuk (47).
2-out RBI: Scruggs 2; Garcia, G 2; Kozma; Grichuk.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kozma 3; Easley.
SAC: Cooney.
Team RISP: 5-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
DP: (Garcia, G-Scruggs).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blazek (L, 1-4) 4.2 5 5 5 3 3 0 4.88
De La Torre, J 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 1 5.40
Molleken 0.2 2 1 1 1 2 0 3.81
Leon, Ar 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.17
Lowe 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 5.67
Totals 8.0 10 8 8 5 6 2 3.59

 

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cooney (W, 9-5) 8.0 3 1 1 0 8 1 3.74
Donofrio 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4.50
Totals 9.0 5 1 1 1 8 1 4.25

 

 


Pitches-strikes: Blazek 79-45, De La Torre, J 23-13, Molleken 23-15, Leon, Ar 5-2, Lowe 11-11, Cooney 94-69, Donofrio 26-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blazek 8-2, De La Torre, J 3-0, Molleken 0-0, Leon, Ar 1-0, Lowe 0-3, Cooney 4-3, Donofrio 2-0.
Batters faced: Blazek 22, De La Torre, J 7, Molleken 5, Leon, Ar 1, Lowe 4, Cooney 27, Donofrio 5.
Inherited runners-scored: De La Torre, J 2-2, Leon, Ar 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Brandon Henson. 1B: Nick Mahrley. 3B: Kolin Kline.
Weather: 81 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Varies.
T: 2:47.
Att: 4,013.
Venue: AutoZone Park.
July 9, 2014


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