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Memphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds lost 5-4 to the state-rival Memphis Redbirds on Monday evening at AutoZone Park in the finale of a four game set. With the loss, Nashville (31-39) dropped three of four to the Redbirds in the series.
Nashville has played a PCL-high 33 one-run games this season, going 12-21 in those contests. Seven of the Sounds’ last nine games have been one-run affairs. Nashville’s 20 one-run losses are most in the PCL and account for more than half of the club’s total defeats.Jordan Brown and Taylor Green each went 3-for-4 for the Sounds. Brett Carroll went 0-for-5 to snap a season-high eight-game hitting streak. The center fielder also didn’t reach base safely, ending a PCL-high 26 road-game on-base streak.
The Redbirds quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as the first three hitters singled off Sounds starter Sam Narron. After a Nick Stavinoha RBI single, Matt Carpenter crushed a bases-clearing three-run double to right field.
The Sounds scored their first run in the top of the second inning. Green snapped out of an 0-for-10 skid with a single and moved to second on a two-out base hit by Edwin Maysonet. Eric Farris then drove home the third baseman off a base hit to centerfield which deflected off Memphis shortstop Donovan Solano.
Memphis got a run back in the third on Stavinoha’s 10th home run of the season, a solo shot over the wall in left field.
Nashville pulled within two runs at 5-3 in the top of the fifth as Brandon Boggs worked a one-out walk to begin the rally. Brown singled Boggs to third with a base hit, followed by an RBI single by Mat Gamel. Green then lined a hard-hit single to centerfield to score Brown for the club’s other run.
The Sounds came within one run at 5-4 in the top of the eighth inning. Green’s third hit of the game put him on first with one out, followed by a double by catcher Wil Nieves. Maysonet would then lay a bunt down the first base line that stopped on the chalk halfway up the line, which allowed Green to score from third.
Narron (4-3) scattered 11 hits for five runs (four earned) in eight innings pitched for the loss, the longest effort by a Sounds pitcher this season. The left-hander also struck out three while walking two in 109 pitches.
Memphis starter Lance Lynn (7-3) worked a quality start for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in six innings. Victor Marte worked around two hits to pick up his 10th save.
The Sounds return to Music City to host a nine-game, eight-day homestand that includes a Wednesday doubleheader. Nashville will host Omaha (AAA-Royals) and New Orleans (AAA-Marlins) during the homestand. Nashville righty (5-6, 3.96) makes the start against Omaha right-hander and former Sound Jeff Suppan (5-4, 5.70).
Memphis Redbirds (37-33) 5, Nashville Sounds (31-39) 4
June 20th, 2011
Pitches-strikes: Narron 108-78, Lynn 90-58, Valdes 13-8, Augenstein 17-13, Rauschenberger 5-5, Marte 9-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 13-7, Lynn 8-3, Valdes 2-0, Augenstein 1-0, Rauschenberger 0-1, Marte 3-0.
Batters faced: Narron 37, Lynn 27, Valdes 3, Augenstein 4, Rauschenberger 1, Marte 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Rauschenberger 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Michael Lusky. 1B: Chris Segal. 2B: . 3B: Steve Dew.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAutoZone Park, Brandon Boggs, Brett Carroll, Donovan Solano, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Jeff Suppan, Jordan Brown, Lance Lynn, Mat Gamel, Matt Carpenter, Memphis Redbirds, memphis tn, Music City, Nashville Sounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, Nick Stavinoha, Omaha Storm Chasers, Sam Narron, Taylor Green, Victor Marte, Wil Nieves
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