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Nashville Sounds drop double-header to Memphis Redbirds

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds dropped two games in Sunday afternoon’s twin billing at Greer Stadium, allowing the Memphis Redbirds to tie the four-game series 2-2, losing 1-0 in the opener and 2-1 in the nightcap.

After 13 innings without a run, Nashville finally pushed one across the plate in the seventh inning of game two, when Redbirds pitcher Eric Fornataro balked with Joey Paciorek on third, who was pinch running for catcher Dayton Buller.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Michael Strasinger - sportsnashville.net)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Michael Strasinger – sportsnashville.net)

The run made it 2-1 and was the second-consecutive Sounds run scored on a balk from a Memphis pitcher, stretching back to Friday night’s balk-off win.

The Redbirds scored first in the third inning, when right fielder Justin Christian slapped a single into left field to score Travis Tartamella from second, who reach base on a catcher’s interference call charged to Buller.

The run was unearned, keeping starter Zach Kroenke’s (0-3) line clean through four innings of work, but pinned the lefty with his third loss of the season. Kroenke limited Memphis to three hits, fanning three and walking one before reliever Johnnie Lowe entered the game in the fifth.

Nashville Sounds - Scooter GennettLowe and Travis Webb each worked one scoreless frame for Nashville, before Jesus Sanchez allowed Memphis’ final run: a solo jack off the guitar scoreboard by Chad Huffman. The homer was the first earned run of the season allowed by Sanchez, after starting the year with 10 scoreless innings over seven appearances.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett went two-for-four in the nightcap, extending his hitting streak to nine games, the most by a Sound this season, with a broken-bat single into centerfield and an infield hit in seventh.

Getting the win for Memphis was reliever Sam Freeman (1-0), who worked two scoreless innings, before Fornataro picked up his first save.

In the opener, Memphis left-hander John Gast continued his early-season dominance of PCL hitters, hurling five scoreless innings, and Oscar Taveras belted a homer to lead the Redbirds to a 1-0 victory over the Sounds.

Mike Fiers

With the outing, Gast (3-0) extended his PCL-best season-opening scoreless streak to 29 2/3 innings. The southpaw, who fanned seven and allowed only two hits in his five innings, earned his third victory in five starts for Memphis.

Victor Marte worked the final two innings in scoreless fashion for Memphis to nail down his fifth save of the year. The loss was Nashville’s third shutout defeat of the young season.

Mike Fiers (0-1) took a complete-game loss for the Sounds after working all seven innings. He allowed one run on six hits, walked three batters, and struck out three in his 84-pitch effort.

Taveras put the visitors on the board in the top of the third inning with a two-out solo homer to right-center off Fiers. The blast was the infielder’s second big fly of the year.

Fiers kept it a one-run deficit in the fourth when he worked into and out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam, getting Gast to pop up to left and escaping the frame unscathed by inducing an inning-ending grounder from Adron Chambers.

The Sounds’ best opportunity to get on the scoreboard came in the fourth after Sean Halton opened the inning with a double and was at third with one out. Cole Garner struck out and Stephen Parker grounded out against Gast to end the frame. Halton’s two-bagger was the outfielder’s fourth double in his last five plate appearances, dating back to Friday evening.

Nashville threatened again in the ninth. Caleb Gindl led off with a single against Marte to extend his longest hitting streak of the year to six games and advanced to second on a one-out wild pitch. The Redbirds’ closer recovered to strike out Parker then broke Anderson De La Rosa’s bat on a game-ending popup to short.

Rehabbing infielder Jeff Bianchi went 1-for-3 in the opener and is hitting .241 (7-for-29) in his seven contests with the Sounds.

The Sounds embark on an eight-game road trip on Monday that includes four-game stops in Oklahoma City (AAA-Astros) and Round Rock (AAA-Rangers). Right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (1-2, 4.20) will man the bump in Monday’s 7:05pm series opener in Oklahoma City. The RedHawks will counter with right-hander Ross Seaton (0-1, 8.03). Baseball returns to Greer Stadium on Tuesday, May 7th, as the Sounds host the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA-Giants).

Box Score – Game 1

Memphis Redbirds (13-9) 2, Nashville Sounds (7-14) 1
April 28th, 2013

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

 

Memphis Redbirds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Adron Chambers RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .127
Kolten Wong 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .301
Oscar Taveras CF 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 .297
Brock Peterson 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .299
Ryan Jackson 3B-SS 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Greg Garcia SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .245
Victor Marte P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rob Johnson C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .173
Justin Christian LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .212
John Gast P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jamie Romak 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .322
Totals 25 1 6 0 0 1 1 3 3 .259

 

BATTING
HR: Taveras, O (2, 3rd inning off Fiers, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Jackson, R 3; Taveras, O 5; Christian.
RBI: Taveras, O (7).
2-out RBI: Taveras, O.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gast; Chambers 2.
GIDP: Peterson, Johnson, Ro.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.

 

Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jeff Bianchi 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .241
Ozzie Chavez SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .348
Hunter Morris 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208
Sean Halton LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .267
Caleb Gindl CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194
Cole Garner RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .157
Stephen Parker 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Anderson De La Rosa C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .275
Mike Fiers P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Totals 23 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 8 .224

 

BATTING
2B: Halton (8, Gast).
TB: Halton 2; Gindl; Bianchi.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl; Parker, S; De La Rosa, A.
SAC: Chavez, O.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Parker, S-Bianchi-Morris, H, Chavez, O-Bianchi-Morris, H).

 

Memphis Redbirds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
John Gast (W, 3-0) 5.0 2 0 0 1 7 0 0.00
Victor Marte (S, 5) 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.18
Totals 7.0 3 0 0 1 8 0 3.74

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Fiers (L, 0-1) 7.0 6 1 1 3 3 1 0.82
Totals 7.0 6 1 1 3 3 1 4.37

WP: Marte, V.
HBP: Morris, H (by Gast).
Pitches-strikes: Gast 88-54, Marte, V 34-19, Fiers 84-51.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gast 5-3, Marte, V 1-2, Fiers 9-2.
Batters faced: Gast 19, Marte, V 7, Fiers 28.
Umpires: HP: Stu Scheurwater. 1B: Shaun Lampe. 3B: Kellen Levy.
Weather: 67 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 3 mph, R to L.
T: 1:50.

Box Score – Game 2

Memphis Redbirds (12-9) 1, Nashville Sounds (7-13) 0
April 28th, 2013

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

 

Memphis Redbirds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Justin Christian RF 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .232
Kolten Wong 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .291
Oscar Taveras CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .284
Brock Peterson 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .291
Eric Fornataro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jamie Romak 3B-1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .323
Ryan Jackson SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .315
Chad Huffman LF 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 .318
Travis Tartamella C 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Nick Greenwood P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Sam Freeman P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Greg Garcia 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245
Totals 22 2 4 1 0 1 2 2 5 .257

 

BATTING
2B: Christian (2, Kroenke).
HR: Huffman (2, 7th inning off Sanchez, Je, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Huffman 4; Christian 3; Romak.
RBI: Christian (11), Huffman (8).
2-out RBI: Huffman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Peterson.
SAC: Greenwood.
GIDP: Huffman.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.
Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Scooter Gennett 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .412
Blake Davis SS-3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .146
Hunter Morris 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .211
Sean Halton LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Caleb Gindl CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .186
Hainley Statia RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .069
Stephen Parker 3B 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Jesus Sanchez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dayton Buller C 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .360
1- Joey Paciorek PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .071
Zach Kroenke P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a- Cole Garner PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .155
Johnnie Lowe P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Travis Webb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Ozzie Chavez SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Totals 29 1 8 2 0 0 0 0 6 .227

 

a-Flied out for Kroenke in the 4th.
1-Ran for Buller in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Parker, S (3, Freeman, S), Davis, B (2, Freeman, S).
TB: Buller 2; Halton; Gennett 2; Parker, S 2; Davis, B 2; Morris, H.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton 2; Kroenke; Gindl; Garner; Morris, H.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: Buller (1, catcher interference).
DP: (Gennett-Davis, B-Morris, H).

 

Memphis Redbirds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nick Greenwood 3.0 4 0 0 0 2 0 6.00
Sam Freeman (W, 1-0) 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 7.15
Eric Fornataro (S, 1) 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 4.09
Totals 7.0 8 1 1 0 6 0 3.65

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zach Kroenke (L, 0-3) 4.0 3 1 0 1 3 0 6.46
Johnnie Lowe 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.70
Travis Webb 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.86
Jesus Sanchez 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0.82
Totals 7.0 4 2 1 2 5 1 4.25

WP: Greenwood.
Balk: Fornataro.
HBP: Parker, S (by Greenwood).
Pitches-strikes: Greenwood 48-30, Freeman, S 27-17, Fornataro 28-23, Kroenke 59-39, Lowe 13-6, Webb 11-8, Sanchez, Je 16-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Greenwood 4-1, Freeman, S 1-2, Fornataro 2-0, Kroenke 3-4, Lowe 0-1, Webb 1-0, Sanchez, Je 1-1.
Batters faced: Greenwood 14, Freeman, S 8, Fornataro 8, Kroenke 15, Lowe 4, Webb 3, Sanchez, Je 4.
Umpires: HP: Shaun Lampe. 1B: Kellen Levy. 3B: Stu Scheurwater.
Weather: 68 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
T: 2:01.
Att: 3,312.


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