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Nashville Outfielders Each Blast Two Homers In Victory
Memphis, TN – Brandon Boggs and Brett Carroll each belted a pair of home runs to power the Nashville Sounds to a 5-3 victory over the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds on Sunday evening at AutoZone Park.
With the victory, the Sounds (31-38) snapped a two-game skid and brought an end to the Redbirds’ six-game winning streak.
Boggs (2-for-4) homered from both sides of the plate in the contest, going deep from the right side of the plate in the first and from the left side in the eighth. Carroll (3-for-4) extended his longest hit streak of the year to nine games with his two-homer effort. Their feats marked the ninth and tenth two-homer efforts posted by Nashville batters this season.The Sounds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against Memphis starter Nick Additon, belting a pair of first-inning home runs off the right-hander.
Boggs got things started with a bang for the Sounds, opening the contest with an eight-pitch at-bat that culminated in a leadoff homer to left. The blast, his second game-opening longball in the past week, was Boggs’ fourth of the year.
Later in the frame, Edwin Maysonet drew a one-out walk then trotted home when Carroll mashed a two-run roundtripper to left. The blast was the outfielder’s 10th of the year.
Carroll struck again in the third, swatting a two-out solo homer to left on a 1-0 pitch from Additon to up the visitors’ lead to 4-0. It marked his second two-homer game of the season.
Left-hander Chase Wright made his return to the Sounds’ rotation following Mark DiFelice’s recent promotion to Milwaukee. He opened the contest by allowing only two hits over four scoreless frames before the Redbirds broke through in the fifth.
Second baseman Jose Garcia drew an inning-opening walk from Wright and scored when Nick Derba followed with an RBI triple off the base of the wall in dead center. Pinch-hitter Freddie Bynum halved the Nashville lead to 4-2 when he looped a run-scoring single to right.
Wright (4-4) continued his career dominance of Memphis and earned the victory by allowing two runs on four hits over his five innings of work in his first start since May 29th. The left-hander has defeated the Redbirds five times in his seven career outings against them.
Boggs, batting left-handed, belted his second homer of the night to lead of the eighth inning, ripping a solo shot to right to greet Memphis reliever Pete Parise. His fifth longball of the year extended the Sounds’ lead to 5-2.
Right-hander Sean Green followed Wright to the hill for the Sounds and turned in three hitless innings of work, allowing only one baserunner when he hit a batter.
Memphis made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth against Sounds left-hander Zach Braddock, who made his first appearance since being optioned from Milwaukee.
After Aaron Luna opened the frame with a walk, Daryl Jones (3-for-4) singled through the right side of the infield to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Matt Carpenter continued the rally by lining an opposite-field RBI single down the left field line to plate Luna to make it a 5-3 contest.
Braddock quickly recovered by catching the next two Memphis hitters looking at called third strikes before popping up pinch-hitter Bryan Anderson for the final out of the contest, securing the Sounds’ win and earning his first save of the year. On the game’s final play, Boggs made an outstanding sliding catch in foul territory to glove the final out.
Additon (1-4) took the loss for Memphis after surrendering four runs in his five innings of work.
Catcher Wil Nieves made his Sounds debut in the contest and went 0-for-4 at the plate while batting from the second spot in the order.
The teams will wrap up the series with a 7:05pm finale on Monday evening. Left-hander Sam Narron (4-2, 3.59) will make the start for the Sounds to face Memphis right-hander Lance Lynn (6-3, 3.78). Both hurlers rank among the Pacific Coast League’s top 10 in ERA.
Nashville Sounds (31-38) 5, Memphis Redbirds (36-33) 3
June 19th, 2011
HBP: Solano (by Green, S).
Pitches-strikes: Wright, C 85-54, Green, S 35-21, Braddock 26-16, Additon 77-55, Broderick 29-20, Parise 19-14, Todd 11-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, C 5-4, Green, S 8-0, Braddock 0-1, Additon 5-3, Broderick 4-0, Parise 2-0, Todd 1-1.
Batters faced: Wright, C 20, Green, S 10, Braddock 6, Additon 20, Broderick 7, Parise 4, Todd 3.
Ejections: Memphis Redbirds Manager Chris Maloney ejected by 1B umpire Michael Lusky (7th).
Umpires: HP: Chris Segal. 1B: Michael Lusky. 2B: . 3B: Mike Phillips.
Weather: 93 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAaron Luna, Brandon Boggs, Brett Carroll, Bryan Anderson, Chase Wright, Edwin Maysonet, Freddie Bynum, Jose Garcia, Lance Lynn, Mark DiFelice, Matt Carpenter, Memphis Redbirds, memphis tn, Nashville Sounds, Nick Additon, Pacific Coast League, PCL, Sam Narron, Sean Green, Wil Nieves, Zach Braddock
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