Rehabbing Infielder Ike Davis Goes 1-For-4 With Two RBIs
Nashville, TN – The Sounds fell victim to an early deficit and dropped the series opener against the Memphis Redbirds at First Tennessee Park on Monday night, 5-2.
The loss was the team’s fifth straight defeat and put Nashville’s home record to 15-14. The Sounds had their chances, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but saw the Redbirds take the first game in the I-40 Cup Series.
Memphis stormed out to a 4-0 lead off Sounds’ starter Chris Bassitt. Tommy Pham got the ‘Birds on the board when he blooped a two-run single in the first. Rafael Ortega hit a double and scored in the second and then produced a run-scoring triple in the third.
The right-hander gave up four runs on six hits, fanning six in the process. His pitch count elevated quickly, as the 26-year old threw two wild pitches and walked three with his season-high 107 pitches.
Nashville had a tough time figuring out Memphis starter Nick Greenwood, who established season highs with six strikeouts and 6 1/3 innings. The Sounds collected only two hits off the left-hander, who improved to 5-1 with the win.
Niuman Romero and Ryan Roberts had the early hits off Greenwood. With the third-inning single, Romero has reached base in 28 of his last 30 games.
The Sounds did eventually get a pair of runs to cross the plate in the eighth. Craig Gentry reached on an infield single with two away and Joey Wendle added his team-leading 24th extra-base hit to set up runners at second and third. Rehabbing first baseman Ike Davis followed by beating the shift during his at-bat, slapping a single to the left side that scored both runners.
Ryan Verdugo, who had a rough outing against Oklahoma City on Friday, delivered two innings of hitless relief, while R.J. Alvarez struck out the side in his second consecutive outing during the ninth.
The cross-state rivals continue the three-game set on Tuesday at First Tennessee Park. The pitching matchup will feature a battle of the lefties, as Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.71) will duel with John Gast in the 7:05pm game.
Memphis Redbirds (35-30) 5, Nashville Sounds (29-36) 2
|Johnson, D, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.252|
|Garcia, G, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.314|
|Wilson, J, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.261|
|Ortega, R, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.258|
2B: Ortega, R (5, Bassitt), Garcia, G (10, Cook).
3B: Ortega, R (3, Bassitt).
TB: Ortega, R 5; Garcia, G 2; Scruggs 2; Pham; Piscotty; Wilson, J.
RBI: Pham 2 (9), Ortega, R (18), Wilson, J (17).
2-out RBI: Ortega, R; Wilson, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilson, J; Pham; Scruggs.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Piscotty (4, 2nd base off Bassitt/Carlin), Scruggs (2, 2nd base off Bassitt/Carlin).FIELDING
E: Garcia, G (11, fielding), Ortega, R (3, throw).
DP: (Garcia, G-Anna-Scruggs-Tartamella).
|Davis, I, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.273|
|Roberts, R, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Romero, N, SS||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.276|
|Verdugo, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alvarez, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Roberts, R (12, Greenwood), Wendle (16, Waldron).
TB: Wendle 2; Davis, I; Romero, N; Roberts, R 2; Gentry.
RBI: Davis, I 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Davis, I 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Freiman; Wendle; Gentry; Roberts, R.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Pridie (Ortega, R at home).
|Greenwood (W, 5-1)||6.1||2||0||0||2||7||0||6.85|
|Tuivailala (S, 10)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.05|
|Bassitt (L, 2-5)||5.0||6||4||4||3||6||0||3.88|
Game Scores: Greenwood 74, Bassitt 42.
WP: Bassitt 2.
Pitches-strikes: Greenwood 93-59, Waldron 19-15, Kiekhefer 6-4, Tuivailala 13-7, Bassitt 107-68, Verdugo, R 25-17, Cook 11-8, Alvarez, R 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Greenwood 8-1, Waldron 2-2, Kiekhefer 0-1, Tuivailala 2-1, Bassitt 6-1, Verdugo, R 2-2, Cook 1-2, Alvarez, R 0-0.
Batters faced: Greenwood 23, Waldron 6, Kiekhefer 2, Tuivailala 3, Bassitt 24, Verdugo, R 6, Cook 5, Alvarez, R 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Kiekhefer 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Bryan Fields. 1B: Stu Scheurwater. 3B: Thomas Newsom.
Weather: 92 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
June 15th, 2015