Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville, TN – Wily Peralta struck out a career high 11 batters as the Nashville Sounds handed the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds a 7-3 defeat on Thursday night at Greer Stadium.
The win gave Nashville its third victory of the series and ninth win in the 16-game season series to earn the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series.
With a 48-57 record, the Sounds are less than 10 games under .500 for the first time since May 27th when they were 20-29.
In his seventh quality start of the season, Peralta (6-9) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks for the win. His 11 strikeouts set a career high and were also the most by a Sounds starter in a game this season. Peralta has five victories in his last eight starts (5-1, 2.66 ERA, 12er/40.2ip).
Third baseman Andy Gonzalez (2-for-4) drove in three while second baseman Eric Farris went 2-for-3 with and RBI and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to a season-high nine games and match his best effort this season.
Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as catcher Dayton Buller gave the club their first hit of the contest with a double. The backstop then hustled around to score from second base on a throwing error by the pitcher.
The Sounds tacked on two more runs in the next inning to go ahead 3-0. Farris led off with a single and moved to second on a walk by center fielder Caleb Gindl to remove Memphis starter Nick Additon from the contest. Gonzalez then crushed two-run double to left-center off reliever Maikel Cleto.
Memphis got to Peralta in sixth, plating two runs to cut the lead to 3-2. With no outs and runners on second and third thanks to a walk and double, Lou Montanez hit a double to right-center.
Memphis added a late run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly against reliever Mike McClendon.
In his first appearance since joining the Sounds, left-hander Mitch Stetter struck out one and walked one in one inning pitched. Amaury Rivas pitched a perfect eighth.
Four Memphis pitchers combined to strike out 16 Sounds on the night, as season-high for both Redbirds pitching and Sounds hitters.
Additon allowed three runs (one earned) in four plus innings. The right-hander struck out nine over four plus innings and opened the contest by striking out five of his first six.
The Sounds and division-rival Redbirds will play the finale of their four-game series at 7:05pm CT Friday night at Greer Stadium. Nashville right-hander Mark Rogers (6-6, 4.72) will toe the rubber against right-hander Brandon Dickson (5-8, 3.82).
Nashville Sounds (48-57) 7, Memphis Redbirds (41-64) 3
July 26th, 2012
|Sanchez, E, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hunter, C, RF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
2B: Chambers (12, Peralta), Hill (6, Peralta), Montanez (4, Peralta).
TB: Chambers 3; Jackson; Hill 2; Montanez 2; Anderson; Kozma.
RBI: Velez (47), Montanez (11), Jackson (40).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hill 2; Jackson; Derba; Hamilton.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
E: Additon (1, throw).
PB: Derba (1).
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||5||0||2||3||0||2||0||.245|
|Green, T, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.266|
|Brown, J, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||3||.291|
|a-Struck out for Buller in the 5th. b-Struck out for Peralta in the 6th.|
2B: Buller (5, Additon), Gonzalez, A (14, Cleto), Brown, J (15, Cleto), Maysonet (11, Cleto), Gindl (18, Reifer).
TB: Farris 2; Maysonet 3; Brown, J 2; Buller 2; Gonzalez, A 3; Gindl 2.
RBI: Gonzalez, A 3 (35), Maysonet (13), Farris (22), Gindl (31).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton 2; Peralta; Jaramillo; Brown, J 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
E: Gonzalez, A (6, throw).
PB: Buller (4).
Outfield assists: Farris (Additon at home).
|Additon (L, 3-8)||4.0||3||3||1||3||9||0||4.55|
|Peralta (W, 6-9)||6.0||5||2||2||2||11||0||4.92|
Additon pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.
HBP: Montanez (by Peralta), Farris (by Additon).
Pitches-strikes: Additon 88-61, Cleto 34-19, Reifer 30-18, Sanchez, E 13-9, Peralta 105-67, Stetter 19-12, Rivas 14-8, McClendon 19-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Additon 2-2, Cleto 0-0, Reifer 2-2, Sanchez, E 0-0, Peralta 5-2, Stetter 0-2, Rivas 2-1, McClendon 1-1.
Batters faced: Additon 20, Cleto 8, Reifer 9, Sanchez, E 3, Peralta 26, Stetter 4, Rivas 3, McClendon 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Cleto 2-2, Reifer 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Matt Schaufert. 1B: Scott Mahoney. 3B: Eric Loveless.
Weather: 91 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, R to L.