Memphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds lost the opener of the final series of the 2011 season on Friday evening at AutoZone Park, falling 7-5 to the division-rival Memphis Redbirds.
Left fielder Jordan Brown (2-for-5) gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning when he belted his seventh home run of the season, a two-out solo shot to right off Memphis starter Michael Blazek.
After Memphis pulled ahead, 3-1, with three second-inning runs against Sounds starter Sam Narron, Nashville rallied to tie the contest with single runs in the third and fifth frames.Brown recorded his second run-scoring hit of the night in the third when his two-out single to center brought home Edwin Maysonet. Eric Farris evened the game at 3-3 in the fifth with a one-out single to center off Blazek which plated Maysonet for his second run scored on the night.
The Redbirds pulled back in front by a 7-3 count in the home half of the fifth, using back-to-back, two-out homers off Narron to do the damage. After a pair of runners drew walks from the left-hander in the frame, Matt Carpenter slugged a go-ahead, three-run homer to right and Andrew Brown followed with a solo shot to left. The roundtrippers were the players’ 12th and 20th of the season, respectively.
Nashville closed the deficit to two runs at 7-5 by getting back single runs in the sixth and eighth frames. Both scores came courtesy of Maysonet sacrifice flies.
Blazek (2-0) picked up the win for Memphis and allowing four runs on four hits while walking five batters over six innings of action.
Rich Rundles worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the Redbirds to notch his first save of the year.
Narron (6-7) was saddled with the loss after giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits over five frames of work.
The teams continue the series with a 6:05pm contest on Saturday. Right-hander Amaury Rivas (7-12, 4.88) makes his final start of the year for the Sounds. Memphis will counter with right-hander Adam Ottavino (6-8, 5.04).
Memphis Redbirds (75-65) 7, Nashville Sounds (70-71) 5
September 2nd, 2011
|Brown, J, LF||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.321|
|Lopez, F, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||.286|
|Rivera, Mi, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.238|
|b-Gonzalez, A, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.261|
|a-Grounded out for Narron in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Hand in the 8th.|
HR: Brown, J (7, 1st inning off Blazek, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Farris; Brown, J 5; Rivera, Mi; Boggs.
RBI: Brown, J 2 (48), Farris (54), Maysonet 2 (39).
2-out RBI: Brown, J 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lopez, F 2; Gonzalez, A.
SAC: Narron 2.
SF: Maysonet 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
E: Gamel (15, fielding), Farris (15, throw).
Pickoffs: Narron (Hamilton at 1st base).
|Carpenter, M, 3B||4||1||1||3||0||1||3||.301|
|Brown, A, LF||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.287|
|Cruz, T, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.257|
|a-Flied out for Blazek in the 6th. b-Struck out for Parise in the 8th.|
2B: Cruz, T (5, Narron), Chambers (19, Narron).
HR: Carpenter, M (12, 5th inning off Narron, 2 on, 2 out), Brown, A (20, 5th inning off Narron, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Greene; Punto; Carpenter, M 4; Brown, A 5; Cruz, T 3; Chambers 2.
RBI: Cruz, T (25), Greene (43), Carpenter, M 3 (70), Brown, A (71).
2-out RBI: Carpenter, M 3; Brown, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Carpenter, M; Blazek; Stavinoha; Bynum.
SAC: Blazek; Chambers.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
PO: Hamilton (1st base by Narron).
|Narron (L, 6-7)||5.0||6||7||5||4||2||2||5.12|
|Blazek (W, 2-0)||6.0||4||4||4||5||1||1||3.75|
|Parise (H, 5)||2.0||1||1||1||2||0||0||3.98|
|Rundles (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.91|
Pitches-strikes: Narron 92-51, Hand 26-15, Segovia 17-9, Blazek 85-43, Parise 29-15, Rundles 7-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Narron 6-6, Hand 3-3, Segovia 1-1, Blazek 9-6, Parise 3-2, Rundles 3-0.
Batters faced: Narron 25, Hand 8, Segovia 5, Blazek 27, Parise 9, Rundles 3.
Umpires: HP: Tripp Gibson. 1B: Tyler Funneman. 2B: . 3B: Mike Jarboe.
Weather: 87 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, Varies.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media