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Nashville Sounds shutout Memphis Redbirds, 2-0

Claudio Vargas Solid, Edwin Maysonet, Caleb Gindl Homer To Provide Nashville Sounds Runs

Nashville SoundsMemphis, TN – Claudio Vargas combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout and Edwin Maysonet and Caleb Gindl homered to lead the Sounds to a 2-0 victory over Memphis on Friday evening at AutoZone Park.

The win was Nashville’s PCL-leading ninth shutout of the year, two better than any other club (New Orleans ranks second with seven). The Sounds (38-51) have won seven of their last 10 contests.

Vargas (3-1) twirled six scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out three batters, to earn the victory. It marked the right-hander’s second quality start among his 10 Nashville outings.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)
Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

After Mike McClendon followed Vargas with a 1-2-3 seventh, Juan Perez worked into and out of a jam in the eighth. The left-hander allowed runners to reach second and third with one out before striking out Mark Hamilton then inducing an inning-ending grounder from Eugenio Velez to escape with the 2-0 lead intact.

All-Star closer Jim Henderson closed things out with a perfect ninth, striking out Pete Kozma to close out the shutout and notch his team-leading 10th save.

Maysonet put the Sounds on the board when he led off the third inning with his first Triple-A homer of the season, a solo shot to left off Memphis starter Tyler Lyons.

Nashville center fielder Logan Schafer left the game early after injuring his right thumb during a headfirst slide into second on his team-leading 18th double to lead off the fourth.

The Sounds’ middle infield — shortstop Jeff Bianchi and second baseman Eric Farris — turned an outstanding double play on a Cedric Hunter grounder in the bottom of the fourth to help Vargas escape a one-out, first-and-third jam.

Gindl (2-for-2), who replaced Schafer mid-game, doubled the Nashville lead to 2-0 with a two-out solo homer to deep right-center off Lyons. The blast, which landed in the Sounds’ bullpen, was the outfielder’s fifth big fly of the year.

Lyons (0-4) remained winless for Memphis as he was saddled with a tough-luck loss after allowing only two runs, both on homers, and striking out eight Sounds batters over his seven frames of work.

The teams continue the series with a 6:05pm meeting on Saturday. Right-hander Wily Peralta (4-8, 5.44) — a winner in three of his last four outings — looks to keep recent success going when he toes the rubber for Nashville to face right-hander Shelby Miller (4-7, 6.00), the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect.

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (38-51) 2, Memphis Redbirds (32-57) 0
July 6th, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0



Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Farris, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .257
Bianchi, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .300
Schafer, CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .288
1-Gindl, PR-CF 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 .239
Gonzalez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .251
Gibbons, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .209
Halton, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .271
Maysonet, LF 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 .234
Buller, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .220
Vargas, P 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333
McClendon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
a-Brown, J, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .292
Perez, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Henderson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Totals 32 2 7 2 1 10 12 .258
a-Flied out for McClendon in the 8th.
1-Ran for Schafer in the 4th.
BATTING
2B: Schafer (18, Lyons).
HR: Maysonet (1, 3rd inning off Lyons, 0 on, 0 out), Gindl (5, 6th inning off Lyons, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Maysonet 4; Vargas; Buller; Schafer 2; Halton; Gindl 5.
RBI: Maysonet (10), Gindl (22).
2-out RBI: Gindl.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton; Bianchi.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (22, 2nd base off Fick/Derba).
CS: Halton (2, 2nd base by Lyons/Derba).

FIELDING
DP: (Bianchi-Farris-Halton).

 

 

Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Chambers, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .324
Jackson, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Hamilton, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 2 2 .240
Velez, RF 4 0 2 0 0 1 3 .281
Cox, Z, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .262
Hunter, C, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .283
Kozma, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .233
Derba, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .180
Lyons, P 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .200
Fick, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Montanez, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .289
Sanchez, E, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 0 6 0 2 5 11 .259
a-Walked for Fick in the 8th.
BATTING
TB: Velez 2; Hamilton 2; Chambers; Cox, Z.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cox, Z; Velez 2.
SAC: Jackson.
GIDP: Hunter, C.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
DP: (Kozma-Hamilton).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Vargas (W, 3-1) 6.0 5 0 0 1 3 0 4.89
McClendon (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.97
Perez, J (H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.59
Henderson (S, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.71
Totals 9.0 6 0 0 2 5 0 4.63

 

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lyons (L, 0-4) 7.0 5 2 2 1 8 2 6.18
Fick 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.99
Sanchez, E 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.32
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 1 10 2 4.88



Pitches-strikes: Vargas 91-54, McClendon 9-6, Perez, J 16-9, Henderson 12-7, Lyons 94-60, Fick 18-13, Sanchez, E 15-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Vargas 7-7, McClendon 2-1, Perez, J 2-0, Henderson 0-2, Lyons 3-7, Fick 1-1, Sanchez, E 0-1.
Batters faced: Vargas 23, McClendon 3, Perez, J 5, Henderson 3, Lyons 25, Fick 4, Sanchez, E 4.
Umpires: HP: Shaun Francis. 1B: Brandon Misun. 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 97 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 2:36 (:42 delay).
Att: 7,725.

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