Memphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds beat the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds, 6-4, on Friday evening at AutoZone Park in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.
Nashville (46-41) racked up ten hits in the seven-inning contest, as Adam Stern went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Ben Johnson added two hits and two RBIs.
The Sounds scored in the opening to take an early 1-0 lead after the first three Nashville hitters reached base to load the bases. Stern led off the contest with a double followed by a Lorenzo Cain bunt single and Mat Gamel walk. Brendan Katin then grounded into a 5-4-3 double play that allowed Stern to score for the first run of the game.
Johnson added to the Nashville lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run double. After shortstop Luis Cruz and second baseman Johnny Raburn singled earlier in the frame, the Nashville catcher smoked a two-run double to center field to plate both runners to give the Sounds a 3-0 lead. Later in the inning with two outs, Cain hit an inning-ending grounder to Donovan Solano, but the shortstop made a throwing error to first base and allowed Johnson to score from second for a 4-0 advantage.
The Sounds picked up another run in the fifth for a 5-0 lead. After Katin was hit by a Lance Lynn pitch to reach base, the outfielder advanced to third base on a Joe Koshansky single and then came home as Cruz grounded into a another double play.
The Redbirds got to Sounds starter Marty McLeary in the bottom of the next frame as Memphis trimmed the lead to 5-4. After McLeary hit the first two batters and walked the next, Ruben Gotay crushed a grand slam over the right field wall. It was Gotay’s eighth homer of the season.
The Sounds scored an insurance run in the next frame to make it 6-4. Johnson led off with an infield single to reach base, moved to second on Ray Olmedo’s PCL-leading 12th sacrifice bunt, and then came home on a Stern RBI base knock.
McLeary allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 1 /3 innings. Reliever Mike McClendon (4-2) earned the win after contributing 2 2/3 shutout innings while fanning three.
Lynn (6-7) picked up the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings pitched.
July 9th, 2010
|Cruz, L, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.299|
|Johnson, B, C||3||2||2||2||0||1||0||.198|
|BATTING2B: Stern (4, Lynn), Johnson, B (3, Lynn).
TB: Stern 4; Cain 2; Koshansky; Cruz, L; Raburn; Johnson, B 3.
RBI: Johnson, B 2 (9), Stern (11).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, L; Gamel 3.
GIDP: Katin; Cain; Cruz, L.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Stern (3, 2nd base off MacDougal/Anderson, B).
E: Cruz, L (15, fielding).
|Craig, A, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.304|
|Anderson, B, C||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Howard, K, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.247|
|Solano, D, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.204|
|Sanchez, E, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luna, A, LF||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
|a-Lined out for MacDougal in the 6th.|
|BATTINGHR: Gotay (9, 5th inning off McLeary, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Gotay 4; Anderson, B 2.
RBI: Gotay 4 (41).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Solano, D.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
E: Solano, D 2 (10, fielding, throw).
DP: 3 (Solano, D-Craig, A, Howard, K-Gotay-Craig, A, Folli-Gotay-Craig, A).
|McClendon (W, 4-2)||2.2||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.68|
|Lynn (L, 6-7)||4.0||7||5||4||3||5||0||5.56|
Lynn pitched to 1 batter in the 5th.
HBP: Shorey (by McLeary), Luna, A (by McLeary), Katin (by Lynn).
Pitches-strikes: McLeary 99-59, McClendon 27-20, Lynn 95-59, MacDougal 29-17, Sanchez, E 12-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: McLeary 4-6, McClendon 1-3, Lynn 4-3, MacDougal 4-1, Sanchez, E 1-0.
Batters faced: McLeary 20, McClendon 8, Lynn 22, MacDougal 8, Sanchez, E 3.
Inherited runners-scored: MacDougal 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Eric Loveless. 1B: Shaun Francis. 2B: . 3B: Dixon Stureman.
Weather: 90 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media