Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds closed their 2011 regular season home slate with 7-5 loss to the cross-state-rival Memphis Redbirds on Sunday evening at Greer Stadium in the final of a five-game series.
A crowd of 5,222 fans were on hand for the contest, bringing the Sounds’ seasonal attendance total to 335,143, nearly 16,000 higher than last season. Nashville has seen an attendance increase in each of the past two seasons and has reached the 300,000-fan plateau for the 11th straight season.
The loss by Nashville (68-68) combined with an Omaha win tonight moves the Sounds’ elimination to one with eight games to play in the PCL American Conference Northern Division.
Memphis outfielders Matt Carpenter and Andrew Brown each homered and accounted for all of the Redbirds’ seven runs. Brown (3-for-3) hit a grand slam while Brown (3-for-4) had the go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Memphis began the game with 4-0 lead after Brown crushed a grand slam off Nashville starter Sam Narron deep over the wall in left field. Narron got the first two batters out in the inning before walking Nick Stavinoha and allowing base hits to Mark Hamilton and Carpenter. The grand slam was the Brown’s 19th homer of the season and the Sounds seventh grand slam allowed as a team.
The Sounds scored their first run as third baseman and Sounds MVP Mat Gamel tattooed a solo homer that landed somewhere in Brentwood. The long ball was Gamel’s team-leading 28th of the season.
Memphis added another run for a 5-1 lead in the third inning as Carpenter doubled home Stavinoha after opening the inning with a walk.
The Nashville offense batted around and exploded for four, two-out runs to knot the contest at 5-5. The inning began with shortstop Edwin Maysonet lining a hard hit ball off the glove of Stavinoha in right field for a triple, who lost the ball in the lights. Memphis starter Brandon Dickson struck out the next two batters before giving up five consecutive base hits to shortstop Eric Farris, left fielder Jordan Brown, first baseman Erick Almonte, Gamel, and catcher Maldonado. Five of the six hits in the inning went to right field.
Memphis went back ahead for good at 7-5 in the top of the seventh inning. Right-hander Donovan Hand entered the game in relief of Narron and gave up a single to Hamilton and two-run jack to Carpenter, his 11th of the season.
Narron allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings pitched for a no-decision. Hand (2-6) was issued the loss after giving up the run-run homer in seventh.
Dickson was charged for five runs on seven hits in three innings. Cory Rauschenberger (5-2) picked up the win with three scoreless innings in relief. Victor Marte converted his 28th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Sounds embark upon their final road trip of the season, an eight-game trip to Iowa and Memphis. Nashville right-hander Amaury Rivas (7-12, 5.01) will take the mound for Monday’s 7:05pm series opener at Principle Park. The Cubs will send southpaw Chris Rusin (4-2, 3.96) to the mound.
Memphis Redbirds (72-63) 7, Nashville Sounds (68-68) 5
August 28th, 2011
|Carpenter, M, 3B||3||2||3||3||2||0||0||.307|
|Brown, A, LF||4||1||3||4||0||0||1||.293|
|Cruz, T, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||6||.259|
|Robinson, S, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.314|
|a-Grounded out for Rauschenberger in the 7th.|
2B: Carpenter, M (29, Narron), Greene (18, Narron).
HR: Brown, A (19, 1st inning off Narron, 3 on, 2 out), Carpenter, M (11, 7th inning off Hand, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Chambers 2; Greene 2; Hamilton 2; Carpenter, M 7; Brown, A 6.
RBI: Brown, A 4 (70), Carpenter, M 3 (65).
2-out RBI: Brown, A 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kozma 2; Stavinoha 2.
GIDP: Cruz, T.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Greene (17, 2nd base off Narron/Maldonado).
CS: Chambers (13, 2nd base by Segovia/Maldonado).
E: Kozma (13, fielding).
DP: 4 (Greene-Hamilton, Hamilton-Greene, Greene-Kozma-Hamilton 2).
|Brown, J, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.313|
|a-Lined out for Hand in the 7th.|
3B: Maysonet (2, Dickson).
HR: Gamel (28, 2nd inning off Dickson, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Farris; Brown, J; Almonte 2; Gamel 5; Maldonado; Gindl; Maysonet 3.
RBI: Gamel 2 (96), Farris (52), Almonte (40), Maldonado (20).
2-out RBI: Farris; Almonte; Gamel; Maldonado.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl.
GIDP: Farris; Schafer; Gindl; Maysonet.
Team RISP: 4-for-7.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
E: Gamel (13, fielding).
|Rauschenberger (W, 5-2)||3.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.07|
|Fick (H, 16)||1.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.27|
|Rundles (H, 6)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.05|
|Marte (S, 28)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.53|
|Hand (L, 2-6)||1.0||3||2||2||1||0||1||3.74|
HBP: Maldonado (by Rauschenberger), Brown, A (by Narron).
Pitches-strikes: Dickson 46-29, Rauschenberger 32-18, Fick 23-14, Rundles 5-3, Marte 10-8, Narron 110-67, Hand 23-15, Segovia 24-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Dickson 7-0, Rauschenberger 5-2, Fick 3-0, Rundles 0-0, Marte 2-0, Narron 9-5, Hand 2-0, Segovia 1-1.
Batters faced: Dickson 16, Rauschenberger 9, Fick 6, Rundles 1, Marte 3, Narron 30, Hand 6, Segovia 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Rundles 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Sinclair. 1B: Quinn Wolcott. 2B: . 3B: John Tumpane.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media