Nashville Sounds Baseball
Memphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds beat the division-rival Memphis Redbirds, 6-4, on Independence Day at AutoZone Park in the opener of a five-game series.
Shortstop Edwin Maysonet went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored while Corey Patterson went yard for the second straight game.
Nashville starter Tyler Thornburg (1-0) picked up a victory in his Triple-A debut. The 23-year-old gave up two runs on five hits while striking out six with 66 pitches (49 strikes) in five innings of work.Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first against Thornburg. Pete Kozma singled to center, stole second base, and scored on a RBI base hit from Brandon Dickson.
Nashville went ahead at 4-1 in the fifth, beginning with three consecutive hits to lead off the frame. First baseman Jordan Brown doubled, move to third on a single from second baseman Eric Farris, and scored as Maysonet singled to left.
Two batters later, outfielder Caleb Gindl extended his season-best hitting streak to eight games with an RBI double to right center. Patterson then went yard over the right field wall for his sixth long ball of the season.
Memphis trimmed the lead in half in the next frame with two doubles, highlighted by the second hit from Dickson.
The Sounds added two insurance runs in the next inning to lead 6-2. Outfielder Jay Gibbons reached on a fielding error by Kozma and scored on the next play as catcher Jason Jaramillo knocked an RBI double to left. Two batters later, Farris hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Jaramillo.
The Redbirds cut the lead to two runs in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Robert Wooten. With runners on second and third and two outs, Steven Hill hit a two-run single to center field.
Donovan Hand tossed two scoreless innings to extend his scoreless streak to 19.0 straight innings over his last 11 outings. Wooten surrendered two runs on 2/3 of an inning. Jim Henderson converted the four-out save to end the game for his team-leading ninth of the season.
Memphis starter Brandon Dickson (4-8) scattered eight hits for six runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings. The Redbirds pitcher also went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
The Sounds and Redbirds continue their five-game series at 7:05pm CT on Thursday night at AutoZone Park. Nashville right-hander Seth McClung (2-9, 4.82) takes the hill against Memphis southpaw John Gast (5-2, 5.75).
Nashville Sounds (37-50) 6, Memphis Redbirds (31-56) 4
July 4th, 2012
|Patterson, C, LF||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.270|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Brown, J, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.293|
2B: Maysonet (8, Dickson), Brown, J (11, Dickson), Gindl (14, Dickson), Jaramillo (3, Dickson).
HR: Patterson, C (6, 5th inning off Dickson, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Farris; Maysonet 4; Brown, J 2; Jaramillo 3; Patterson, C 4; Gindl 2.
RBI: Maysonet (9), Gindl (21), Patterson, C 2 (27), Jaramillo (10), Farris (17).
2-out RBI: Gindl; Patterson, C 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl.
Team RISP: 4-for-8.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
CS: Farris (7, 3rd base by Dickson/Derba), Jaramillo (1, 2nd base by Gaub/Derba).
PO: Jaramillo (1st base by Gaub).
|Hunter, C, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Cox, Z, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.254|
|a-Singled for Gaub in the 8th.|
2B: Hamilton (9, Thornburg), Dickson (1, Thornburg).
TB: Velez; Hamilton 2; Dickson 3; Hill; Montanez; Kozma.
RBI: Dickson 2 (2), Hill 2 (16).
2-out RBI: Dickson; Hill 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Montanez; Cox, Z.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Kozma (2, 2nd base off Thornburg/Jaramillo).
|Thornburg (W, 1-0)||5.0||5||2||2||0||6||0||3.60|
|Henderson (S, 9)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.76|
|Dickson (L, 4-8)||5.2||8||6||4||1||3||1||3.58|
HBP: Hunter, C (by Wooten).
Pitches-strikes: Thornburg 66-49, Hand 15-11, Wooten 18-9, Henderson 14-9, Dickson 107-71, Freeman 10-6, Gaub 15-11, Reifer 8-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Thornburg 5-3, Hand 3-3, Wooten 1-1, Henderson 0-1, Dickson 8-4, Freeman 0-1, Gaub 0-1, Reifer 1-0.
Batters faced: Thornburg 19, Hand 6, Wooten 6, Henderson 4, Dickson 26, Freeman 4, Gaub 3, Reifer 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Henderson 2-0, Freeman 1-0.
Ejections: Memphis Redbirds first baseman Mark Hamilton ejected by HP umpire Brandon Misun (9th)
Umpires: HP: Brandon Misun. 1B: Chris Segal. 2B: Lance Barrett. 3B: Shaun Francis.
Weather: 96 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.