Memphis, TN – Sam Narron held the Redbirds to one run over eight innings as the Nashville Sounds topped the Memphis Redbirds 5-1 on Saturday evening at AutoZone Park in the fourth game of a five-game series.
Nashville (48-41) won its third straight game after posting 10 hits for the third consecutive contest. Lorenzo Cain extended his hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-4 performance while catcher Ben Johnson also added three hits in the Nashville victory.
Throwing a quality start for the fifth time in his six starts this season for Nashville, Narron (4-3) scattered 10 hits while walking none and striking out five in eight innings pitched to earn the win.
The Sounds took an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame as leadoff hitter Adam Stern doubled to center field to begin the contest, with outfielder Cain singling in the next at-bat to reach base. During the Erick Almonte at-bat, Stern scored from third as Memphis catcher Matt Pagnozzi overthrew second base on the Cain swipe. Almonte then smacked a line drive single to center to drive Cain home from second for the second run of the inning.
The Redbirds got on the board in the bottom of the third as Aaron Luna tripled to center to begin the inning. The next batter David Kopp singled home Luna to reduce the Nashville lead to 2-1.
Sounds shortstop Luis Cruz continued to stay hot for the Sounds in the Nashville seventh, as the PCL All-Star jacked a one-out double to left field and moved to third on a Pagnozzi passed ball. After Johnny Raburn walked, Memphis reliever Renyal Pinto came into the game to replace David Kopp and surrendered an RBI base knock to Johnson. With two outs, Pinto walked Narron to load the bases, and then walked Cain to bring home another run for a 4-1 advantage.
Nashville tacked on another run in the top of the ninth inning for a 5-1 lead. Johnson doubled to right field for his third hit of the game, and later scored on a Cain two-out RBI double.
Brandon Kintzler finished the game with a perfect ninth while striking out one.
Kopp (4-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
The Sounds and Redbirds will play the afternoon finale of a five-game series at 1:35 pm CT at AutoZone Park on Sunday before beginning the three-day Triple-A All-Star Break. Left-hander Chuck Lofgren (7-4, 4.94) will start for Nashville against Memphis righty P.J. Walters (2-2, 3.21).
Nashville Sounds (48-41) 5, Memphis Redbirds (48-42) 1
July 10th, 2010
|Cruz, L, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.298|
|Johnson, B, C||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.224|
|a-Struck out for Narron in the 9th.|
2B: Stern (5, Kopp), Cruz, L (19, Kopp), Johnson, B (4, Brown, A), Cain (2, Rundles).
TB: Stern 3; Cain 3; Almonte; Katin; Cruz, L 2; Johnson, B 4.
RBI: Almonte (18), Johnson, B (10), Cain 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Cain 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Koshansky; Almonte 3.
GIDP: Koshansky; Narron.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Cain (4, 2nd base off Kopp/Pagnozzi).
CS: Stern (3, 2nd base by Kopp/Pagnozzi).
DP: 3 (Almonte-Raburn-Koshansky, Cruz, L-Koshansky, Raburn-Cruz, L-Koshansky).
|Craig, A, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.305|
|Howard, K, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.249|
|Solano, D, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Brown, A, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Luna, A, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.250|
|a-Grounded out for Rundles in the 9th.|
2B: Pagnozzi (6, Narron), Gotay (13, Narron).
3B: Luna, A (1, Narron).
TB: Gotay 3; Craig, A 2; Howard, K; Pagnozzi 3; Luna, A 4; Kopp.
RBI: Kopp (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Shorey.
GIDP: Howard, K 2; Shorey.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
E: Pagnozzi (5, throw).
PB: Pagnozzi (8).
DP: 2 (Craig, A-Solano, D-Gotay, Solano, D-Craig, A).
|Narron (W, 4-3)||8.0||10||1||1||0||5||0||2.82|
|Kopp (L, 0-4)||6.1||7||4||4||2||4||0||7.52|
Brown, A pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
HBP: Pagnozzi (by Kintzler), Katin (by Pinto).
Pitches-strikes: Narron 105-75, Kintzler 11-8, Kopp 104-64, Pinto 34-22, Brown, A 8-5, Rundles 14-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 13-6, Kintzler 2-0, Kopp 10-3, Pinto 1-1, Brown, A 0-0, Rundles 2-0.
Batters faced: Narron 31, Kintzler 4, Kopp 25, Pinto 9, Brown, A 1, Rundles 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Pinto 2-2, Rundles 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Dixon Stureman. 1B: Eric Loveless. 2B: . 3B: Shaun Francis.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
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