Three Nashville Hurlers Combine On Six-Hit Shutout
Memphis, TN – Left-hander Doug Davis twirled five scoreless frames in his second rehab start for Nashville and combined with a pair of relievers on a six-hit shutout of the Memphis Redbirds in the Sounds’ 7-0 victory on Thursday evening at AutoZone Park.
Davis (1-0) was stellar on the hill, retiring 16 of his 19 batters faced over five scoreless innings of work. He allowed two hits (one single, one double) while striking out nine batters against one walk in his 82-pitch effort (52 strikes).
Tim Dillard followed Davis with two scoreless frames before Mike McClendon closed out the contest with two goose eggs of his own.
With their sixth shutout win of the season, the Sounds (40-34) evened the series at 2-2 heading into Friday’s finale against their division rivals.
Every member of the Nashville lineup recorded a hit in the contest except Mat Gamel (0-for-4), including two-hit efforts by four players.
The Sounds got out to quick start against Redbirds right-hander David Kopp, scoring in each of the first three innings to grab a 4-0 lead. Kopp made his career Triple-A debut in the contest.
Brendan Katin (2-for-4) put the visitors on the board with a first-inning RBI single, then Trent Oeltjen (2-for-4) doubled the advantage in the second when he drew a two-out walk and later scampered home on a Kopp wild pitch.
Nashville first baseman Joe Koshansky (2-for-3) made it a 4-0 contest in the third when he belted his first home run in nearly a month, a two-run shot to center off Kopp. The blast, which also scored Katin, was the slugger’s seventh of the year.
Katin offered up his second run-scoring single of the night in the fifth to plate Ray Olmedo for a 5-0 Nashville lead.
Nashville wrapped up its scoring with a pair of eighth-inning runs off Memphis reliever Andrew Brown.
Shortstop Luis Cruz (2-for-3) continued to be a run-producing machine for Nashville, driving in his team-leading 43rd run of the year with an RBI single. Koshansky scored on the play after preceding the infielder with a double. Adam Stern followed with a run-scoring single of his own to up the Sounds’ lead to 7-0.
Kopp (0-1) took the loss in his first Triple-A outing after allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings of action.
Sounds catcher Martin Maldonado singled in the second inning to extend his season-best hitting streak to five games.
The teams wrap up the five-game series with a 7:05 finale on Friday evening. Left-hander Chris Waters (4-4, 3.52) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Memphis right-hander P.J. Walters (1-2, 2.43).
Nashville Sounds (40-34) 7, Memphis Redbirds (39-35) 0
|Oeltjen, T, CF||4||2||2||0||1||2||0||.283|
|Cruz, L, SS||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.301|
|Maldonado, M, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.146|
|Davis, D, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a-Grounded out for Davis, D in the 6th. b-Grounded into a forceout for Dillard in the 8th.|
|BATTING2B: Oeltjen, T (20, Kopp), Koshansky (11, Brown, A).
HR: Koshansky (7, 3rd inning off Kopp, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Oeltjen, T 3; Olmedo; Katin 2; Koshansky 6; Cruz, L 2; Stern; Maldonado, M.
RBI: Katin 2 (26), Koshansky 2 (39), Cruz, L (43), Stern (7).
2-out RBI: Katin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Stern 2; Cruz, L.
GIDP: Davis, D; Stern; Olmedo; Katin.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Oeltjen, T (13, 2nd base off Kopp/Anderson, B).
E: Gamel (6, fielding).
PB: Maldonado, M (1).
|Greene, T, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.301|
|Craig, A, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.304|
|Anderson, B, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.282|
|Solano, D, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.200|
|Brown, A, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|b-Howard, K, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|a-Singled for Kopp in the 5th. b-Flied out for Rundles in the 9th.|
|BATTING2B: Jay (14, Davis, D), Rapoport (4, McClendon).
TB: Jay 2; Greene, T; Anderson, B; Rapoport 2; Dickson; Brown, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Craig, A; Jay 2; Anderson, B; Greene, T 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 11.FIELDING
E: Kopp (1, pickoff), Anderson, B (2, throw), Solano, D (6, fielding).
DP: 4 (Kopp-Greene, T-Solano, D, Greene, T-Descalso, Brown, A-Greene, T-Descalso, Greene, T-Solano, D-Descalso).
|Davis, D (W, 1-0)||5.0||2||0||0||1||9||0||1.13|
|Kopp (L, 0-1)||5.0||6||5||3||3||2||1||5.40|
HBP: Greene, T (by Dillard), Cruz, L (by Kopp).
Pitches-strikes: Davis, D 82-52, Dillard 36-23, McClendon 34-19, Kopp 95-58, Brown, A 41-29, Rundles 14-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Davis, D 4-2, Dillard 2-2, McClendon 0-3, Kopp 10-3, Brown, A 6-2, Rundles 2-0.
Batters faced: Davis, D 19, Dillard 9, McClendon 10, Kopp 24, Brown, A 12, Rundles 4.
Umpires: HP: Matt Schaufert. 1B: Jason Millsap. 2B: . 3B: Chris Tiller.
Weather: 86 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
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