Claudio Vargas Solid, Edwin Maysonet, Caleb Gindl Homer To Provide Nashville Sounds Runs
Memphis, 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.
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.
Nashville Sounds (38-51) 2, Memphis Redbirds (32-57) 0
July 6th, 2012
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.251|
|a-Brown, J, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Perez, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Flied out for McClendon in the 8th.
1-Ran for Schafer in the 4th.
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).
|Cox, Z, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.262|
|Hunter, C, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.283|
|Sanchez, E, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Walked for Fick in the 8th.|
TB: Velez 2; Hamilton 2; Chambers; Cox, Z.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cox, Z; Velez 2.
GIDP: Hunter, C.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
|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|
|Lyons (L, 0-4)||7.0||5||2||2||1||8||2||6.18|
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).