Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville Begins Homestand Tomorrow Night At Greer Stadium
Memphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds closed out their brief cross-state road trip on the short end of a 9-4 defeat to the Memphis Redbirds on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
Nashville (34-30),which split the four-game set against their division rivals, continued its struggles in day games this season, falling to 7-17 in afternoon affairs. The Sounds were out-hit, 15-5, in the contest.Right-hander Angel Castro (6-3) twirled seven scoreless frames, scattering three hits, to earn the win for the Redbirds.
Memphis struck first, grabbing a 2-0 lead with a pair of two-out runs against Taylor Jungmann in the bottom of the third inning.
Greg Garcia drew a two-out walk, stole second, and scored the game’s first run on Pete Kozma’s RBI double. Stephen Piscotty followed with a run-scoring single.
After missing out on a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth, the Redbirds extended their lead to 6-0 in the fifth against Jungmann, knocking the youngster out of the game in the process.
Garcia drew an inning-opening walk, moved to third on a Kozma single, and raced home on Xavier Scruggs’ RBI ground-rule double into the right field corner. Following a strikeout, Ed Easley cleared the bags and sent Jungmann to the showers with his two-run double to left. Left-hander Brent Leach took over on the hill for Nashville and was greeted by an RBI single up the middle off the bat of Mike O’Neill, upping the Memphis advantage to 6-0.
Jungmann (2-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits in his 4 2/3 innings of work. The six earned runs allowed were the right-hander’s most given up in his last 33 starts, dating back to May 2013.
Memphis increased its lead to 9-0 in the seventh against recently-added Sounds reliever Arcenio Leon, who has given up four runs in two innings in two appearances since joining the club.
The Redbirds immediately loaded the bases against the right-hander on a pair of singles and a hit batsmen. Piscotty followed by bouncing into a double play, allowing Castro to score on the play to make it a 7-0 contest. Scruggs followed with a grounder to shortstop and Hector Gomez misfired to first to allow another run to come plateward. Tommy Pham added an RBI double to plate the Redbirds’ third run of the frame (two of which were unearned).
Following Castro’s departure, the Sounds finally got onto the scoreboard, plating four runs in the top of the eighth.
Alfredo Figaro made his return to action for Nashville after missing three weeks with a hamstring strain and worked a scoreless eighth inning, striking out a pair while working around a pair of baserunners.
The Sounds return to Music City to begin an eight-game homestand on Monday evening with a 7:05pm contest against the Reno Aces (AAA-Arizona Diamondbacks). Left-hander Brad Mills (4-1, 1.71) will make the start for Nashville and face Reno right-hander Bo Schult (4-4, 5.61).
June 8, 2014
|Gomez, H, SS||4||0||1||2||0||0||2||.258|
|Leon, Ar, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Morris, H, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||0||2||.275|
|Green, T, 3B||4||1||0||0||0||1||4||.245|
|a-Lined out for Leon, Ar in the 8th.|
TB: Gomez, H; Herrera 2; Orr; Mattison; Gindl.
RBI: Herrera (7), Gomez, H 2 (24), Morris, H (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hermida; Herrera.
GIDP: Gomez, H.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Gomez, H (8, throw).
DP: 4 (Green, T-Herrera-Morris, H, Herrera-Morris, H, Gomez, H-Orr-Morris, H, Gomez, H-Morris, H).
|Garcia, G, 2B||3||3||1||0||2||1||0||.235|
|Mateo, L, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.213|
|Castro, A, P||3||1||1||0||0||1||3||.222|
|Feliciano, P, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rondon, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Grounded into a double play for Castro, A in the 7th.|
2B: Kozma (13, Jungmann), Scruggs (10, Jungmann), Easley (5, Jungmann), Pham (5, Leon, Ar).
TB: Castro, A; Mateo, L; Garcia, G; Scruggs 3; Pham 4; Piscotty; O’Neill 2; Kozma 3; Easley 3.
RBI: Kozma (15), Piscotty (33), Scruggs (24), Easley 2 (14), O’Neill (3), Pham (12).
2-out RBI: Kozma; Piscotty; Easley 2; O’Neill; Pham.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: O’Neill; Mateo, L; Easley; Pham.
GIDP: Piscotty 2, Castro, A, Rosenberg.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Pham (8, 2nd base off Jungmann/Pagnozzi), Garcia, G (2, 2nd base off Jungmann/Pagnozzi).
|Jungmann (L, 2-2)||4.2||9||6||6||2||4||0||5.40|
|Castro, A (W, 6-4)||7.0||3||0||0||1||3||0||3.50|
HBP: Mattison (by Feliciano, P), Kozma (by Jungmann), Kozma (by Leon, Ar).
Pitches-strikes: Jungmann 77-49, Leach 11-7, Leon, Ar 29-22, Figaro 15-10, Castro, A 88-61, Feliciano, P 24-14, Kiekhefer 10-8, Rondon, J 23-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Jungmann 5-1, Leach 0-0, Leon, Ar 4-0, Figaro 1-0, Castro, A 12-2, Feliciano, P 1-0, Kiekhefer 2-0, Rondon, J 0-2.
Batters faced: Jungmann 24, Leach 2, Leon, Ar 10, Figaro 5, Castro, A 24, Feliciano, P 6, Kiekhefer 2, Rondon, J 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Leach 1-1, Kiekhefer 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Jordan Ferrell. 1B: Brian Reilly. 2B: Alex Ortiz. 3B: Chad Fairchild.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, In from CF.
Venue: AutoZone Park.
June 8, 2014