Nashville, TN – Brock Peterson hit a pair of two-run homers to power the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds to a 10-1 rout of the Nashville Sounds in the penultimate game of the season on Sunday evening at Greer Stadium.
After sweeping the Iowa Cubs to begin the eight-game homestand, Nashville (67-76) has dropped the first three contests of the four-game series to Memphis.
Outfielder Logan Schafer went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Jordan Brown added two hits for his team-leading 34th multi-hit game of the season.
Nick Greenwood (4-3) gave up one run on three hits and two walks in five innings for the win. Jess Todd pick up a three-inning save, his second of the season.
Nashville starter Tyler Thornburg (2-3) recorded his worst Triple-A start for the loss, allowing five runs on six hits and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings. The 23-year had a run of seven consecutive strikeouts, but also let seven hitters reach with two outs.
Both teams traded runs in the third inning, beginning with three consecutive two-out singles from the Redbirds in the top of the frame. The Sounds tied it up with their only run of the contest on a pair of doubles from catcher Humberto Quintero and Schafer.
The Memphis offense exploded for six runs in the visiting half of the fourth inning for a 7-1 lead. Nick Derba and Lou Montanez each drove in runs with RBI doubles to remove Thornburg from the game before Peterson hit his first two-run homer over the left field wall.
Peterson’s second homer of the game in the top of the seventh extended the Redbirds lead to 9-1 with a two-run shot. Eugenio Velez later doubled and scored the final run on a Jose Garcia single.
Nashville pitching combined to fan a season-high 15 Memphis Redbirds. Donovan Hand gave up a season-high five runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. Jesus Sanchez struck out a season-best six batters over three scoreless frames.
The Sounds look to avoid a sweep to the Redbirds as the two clubs wrap up the 2012 season with a 12:05pm CT Labor Day finale on Monday afternoon at Greer Stadium. Right-hander Hiram Burgos (2-2, 3.35) will take the mound against Memphis southpaw John Gast (8-5, 5.36).
Memphis Redbirds (56-87) 10, Nashville Sounds (67-76) 1
September 2nd, 2012
|Young, M, LF||5||2||3||1||0||1||2||.442|
|Peterson, Br, 1B||5||2||3||5||0||1||2||.250|
|Garcia, Jo, SS||5||0||2||1||0||1||0||.277|
2B: Greenwood (1, Thornburg), Montanez (9, Thornburg), Velez (34, Hand).
HR: Peterson, Br 2 (5, 4th inning off Hand, 1 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Hand, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Velez 2; Peterson, Br 9; Chambers; Young, M 3; Garcia, Jo 2; Montanez 3; Greenwood 2; Albitz.
RBI: Peterson, Br 5 (16), Greenwood (1), Montanez 2 (25), Young, M (5), Garcia, Jo (4).
2-out RBI: Peterson, Br 3; Greenwood; Montanez 2; Young, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Velez 2; Derba.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
E: Velez (19, fielding).
Outfield assists: Young, M (Schafer at 3rd base).
DP: (Garcia, Jo-Albitz-Peterson, Br).
|Patterson, C, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.253|
|Brown, J, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.309|
|Green, T, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||2||4||.276|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.224|
|Sanchez, Je, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Quintero (8, Greenwood), Schafer (23, Greenwood).
TB: Schafer 3; Patterson, C; Quintero 2; Brown, J 2.
RBI: Schafer (40).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez, A 2; Maysonet.
GIDP: Gonzalez, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.
|Greenwood (W, 4-3)||5.0||3||1||1||2||5||0||4.40|
|Todd (S, 2)||3.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.34|
|Thornburg (L, 2-3)||3.2||6||5||5||2||7||0||3.58|
Hand pitched to 4 batters in the 7th.
HBP: Montanez (by Thornburg).
Pitches-strikes: Greenwood 68-45, Gaub 19-15, Todd 36-25, Thornburg 84-54, Hand 47-34, Sanchez, Je 43-33.
Groundouts-flyouts: Greenwood 5-1, Gaub 0-0, Todd 6-0, Thornburg 3-1, Hand 2-0, Sanchez, Je 2-1.
Batters faced: Greenwood 18, Gaub 6, Todd 10, Thornburg 20, Hand 13, Sanchez, Je 11.
Inherited runners-scored: Hand 1-1, Sanchez, Je 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Nick Bailey. 1B: Jimmy Volpi. 3B: Brett Robson.
Weather: 76 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.