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Nashville Rebounds From Six-Run Deficit To Post 9-8 Victory
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds recorded their second straight walkoff win over the division-rival Memphis Redbirds, coming back from an early six-run deficit to post a 9-8 victory on Tuesday evening at Greer Stadium.
With the bases full of Sounds and one out, Brandon Boggs lined a game-ending RBI single to right off Memphis reliever Cory Rauschenberger to plate Erick Almonte with the winning run.It was Boggs’ second big hit of the night. The outfielder’s two-run double in the seventh capped off Nashville’s comeback from an early 7-1 deficit.
Almonte, who paced the Nashville offense with a 4-for-4 evening that included a homer, tied a Sounds single-game record by scoring five runs on the night. He became the second player in the franchise’s 34-year history to accomplish the feat, joining Adrian Brown (May 12th, 1999 at Tucson).
The win was the seventh straight home victory for Nashville (39-46), which recorded its ninth last at-bat triumph of the season. The six-run comeback marked the Sounds’ largest deficit overcome this year.
Rehabbing Memphis first baseman Gerald Laird (2-for-4) staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when he ripped a two-out RBI double to the wall in center off Sounds starter Chase Wright. Tyler Greene, who drew a game-opening walk from Wright, scored on the two-bagger, which came in Laird’s first plate appearance with the Redbirds.
Later in the frame, Sounds right fielder Caleb Gindl threw out Laird by six steps at the plate to end the inning as he attempted to scored from second on an Aaron Luna single.
Almonte evened the contest in the second when he led off the inning with a solo homer to left off Memphis starter Nick Additon. The blast, his second in his last two plate appearances, was Almonte’s fourth of the year.
The Redbirds pulled back in front comfortably, 7-1, with a six-run outburst against Wright in the third. Five of the six runs scored with two outs, including three on Adron Chambers’ bases-loaded double to left-center. Memphis sent 12 men to the plate in the frame; right fielder Nick Stavinoha was responsible for all three outs.
Sounds catcher Wil Nieves made it a 7-3 game in the fourth when he belted a two-run homer to left-center that struck the guitar-shaped scoreboard. The big fly, his first of the year, extended the backstop’s season-best hit streak to six games.
Nashville got another run back in the fifth as Edwin Maysonet led off with a single and later scored from second on a hustle play as he raced home on Gindl’s infield single to first.
Third baseman Taylor Green pulled the Sounds within a run at 7-6 in the sixth when he hammered Memphis reliever Bryan Augenstein’s one-out offering onto Chestnut Street beyond the right field wall for a two-run homer. The infielder’s 12th homer of the year also scored Almonte, who singled earlier in the frame.
The Sounds completed their comeback from a six-run deficit in the seventh when Boggs lined a bases-loaded, two-run double to right with two outs against Redbirds reliever Pete Parise. The two-bagger gave Nashville its first lead of the night at 8-7.
Memphis responded quickly, knotting the score at 8-8 in the eighth against Mike McClendon. Stavinoha greeted the right-hander with a one-out single, moved to second when Matt Carpenter drew a two-out walk, and scored just ahead of Carroll’s throw from center as he raced home on Luna’s single to center.
McClendon (2-1) was the beneficiary of the Sounds’ last at-bat heroics, picking up the win. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out four batters in his 1 2/3 innings.
Rauschenberger (4-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing the game-deciding run in his 1 1/3 frames.
Sounds second baseman Eric Farris went 0-for-5 to snap his season-best hitting streak at 10 games.
The Sounds will look for a sweep of the three-game series when the teams hook up for the 7:05pm finale on Wednesday evening. All-Star left-hander Sam Narron (4-3, 3.60) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Memphis right-hander Maikel Cleto (1-0, 2.19).
Nashville Sounds 9, Memphis Redbirds 8
July 5th, 2011
One out when winning run scored.
HBP: Greene (by Wright, C).
Pitches-strikes: Additon 89-56, Augenstein 31-17, Parise 27-14, Rauschenberger 31-12, Wright, C 71-38, Hand 19-10, Segovia 25-13, Herrera 17-9, McClendon 30-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Additon 5-3, Augenstein 2-1, Parise 0-1, Rauschenberger 2-1, Wright, C 6-1, Hand 5-0, Segovia 0-3, Herrera 0-0, McClendon 0-1.
Batters faced: Additon 21, Augenstein 7, Parise 7, Rauschenberger 8, Wright, C 21, Hand 7, Segovia 6, Herrera 4, McClendon 8.
Umpires: HP: Tyler Funneman. 1B: Tripp Gibson. 2B: . 3B: Mike Jarboe.
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, L to R.
T: 3:15 (:50 delay).
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAaron Luna, Adrian Brown, Adron Chambers, Brandon Boggs, Bryan Augenstein, Caleb Gindl, Chase Wright, Cory Rauschenberger, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Erick Almonte, Gerald Laird, Greer Stadium, Maikel Cleto, Matt Carpenter, Memphis Redbirds, Mike McClendon, Nashville Sounds, Nashville TN, Nick Additon, Nick Stavinoha, Pete Parise, Sam Narron, Taylor Green, Tyler Greene, Wil Nieves
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