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Nashville Sounds out slugged by Memphis Redbirds, 9-4

 

Joey Wendle Posts Four Hits, Extends Hitting Streak To Eight Games

Nashville SoundsMemphis, TN – Both Nashville and Memphis came out slugging in Wednesday afternoon’s game at AutoZone Park, but the Redbirds eventually evened the series with a 9-4 win.

A run was scored by one or both of the teams through each of the first six innings. Those six frames included a combination of 13 runs and 25 hits, as Memphis eventually outhit Nashville, 14-12.

The combination of Craig Gentry and Joey Wendle at the top of the lineup set the tone all game for the Sounds.

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The duo went a combined 7-for-10 with four runs scored, three doubles and two RBIs.

They got Nashville on the board in the top of the first by both scoring. Ryan Roberts recorded a sacrifice fly to grab the early lead and Jake Smolinski collected a RBI single to make it 2-0.

Smolinski joined Gentry and Wendle with a three-hit game. In his first two games with Nashville, the outfielder is 5-for-8 with three RBIs and a double.

Nashville scored three of its four runs with two outs and was 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Wendle’s two doubles extended his team-leading extra-base hit total to 29, while his four hits were a season high.

Stephen Piscotty led the way for Memphis, going 3-for-5 with his 10th homer of the season, two runs and two RBIs, while Dan Johnson also had a trio of hits. The ‘Birds claimed the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and added three more in the sixth to post the 9-4 advantage.

The Sounds came into the game with the second-best ERA (3.45) in the PCL, but it took a hit on Wednesday. Starter Zach Neal saw the Redbirds tag him for six runs on a season-high 11 hits over five innings. Angel Castro did pitch a scoreless seventh though, and Brock Huntzinger extended his scoreless streak to 12 games and 17 2/3 innings with a perfect eighth.

The two teams conclude the three-game series on Thursday at AutoZone Park with a 7:05pm first pitch. Lefty Brad Mills (2-7, 3.56) will be opposed by Thomas Lee in the series finale.

Box Score

Memphis Redbirds (38-35) 9, Nashville Sounds (31-42) 4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 0
Memphis Redbirds 1 0 2 1 2 3 0 0 x 9 14 0



Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gentry, CF 5 3 3 0 0 1 0 .246
Wendle, 2B 5 1 4 2 0 0 0 .267
Roberts, R, 3B 3 0 1 1 1 0 2 .300
Viciedo, DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .214
Pridie, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 5 .297
Smolinski, LF 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 .453
Anderson, B, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .189
Aliotti, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .281
Romero, N, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261
Neal, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Verdugo, R, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Castro, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Huntzinger, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 4 12 4 3 5 16 .257
BATTING
2B: Gentry (6, Petrick), Wendle 2 (21, Petrick, Petrick), Smolinski (6, Kiekhefer).
TB: Wendle 6; Viciedo; Roberts, R; Smolinski 4; Gentry 4.
RBI: Roberts, R (23), Smolinski (17), Wendle 2 (32).
2-out RBI: Smolinski; Wendle 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Anderson, B; Roberts, R; Pridie 3; Romero, N.
SF: Roberts, R.
GIDP: Anderson, B, Aliotti, Roberts, R.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
SB: Gentry (8, 2nd base off Petrick/Stanley).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Smolinski (Johnson, D at home).

 

 

Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Anna, 2B 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 .230
Piscotty, LF 5 2 3 2 0 0 1 .268
Johnson, D, DH 4 1 3 2 1 0 1 .266
Pham, CF 5 1 1 1 0 2 4 .365
Wilson, J, 3B 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 .265
Easley, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .280
Stanley, C 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 .217
Ortega, R, RF 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 .271
Williams, M, SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 .220
Petrick, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .188
Kiekhefer, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Wyatt, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Tuivailala, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 9 14 9 3 5 16 .248
BATTING
2B: Wilson, J (6, Neal), Anna (11, Verdugo, R).
3B: Pham (1, Verdugo, R).
HR: Piscotty (10, 1st inning off Neal, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Ortega, R 2; Stanley; Anna 2; Pham 3; Johnson, D 3; Piscotty 6; Wilson, J 2; Easley 2.
RBI: Piscotty 2 (33), Johnson, D 2 (33), Easley (19), Stanley (15), Ortega, R (22), Pham (16), Wilson, J (24).
2-out RBI: Easley; Piscotty; Ortega, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Stanley; Williams, M.
SF: Wilson, J.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Williams, M (3, 2nd base off Neal/Anderson, B), Ortega, R (7, 2nd base off Neal/Anderson, B).FIELDING
DP: 3 (Easley-Williams, M-Petrick, Kiekhefer-Williams, M-Easley, Wilson, J-Anna-Easley).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Neal (L, 5-3) 5.0 11 6 6 2 3 1 3.94
Verdugo, R 1.0 3 3 3 0 1 0 3.76
Castro, A 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.38
Huntzinger 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.25
Totals 8.0 14 9 9 3 5 1 3.54

 

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Petrick 3.2 9 4 4 1 2 0 4.32
Kiekhefer (W, 2-1) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.32
Wyatt (H, 2) 2.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.35
Tuivailala 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.13
Totals 9.0 12 4 4 3 5 0 3.98

 

Game Scores: Neal 22, Petrick 28.
HBP: Pridie (by Petrick), Viciedo (by Petrick).
Pitches-strikes: Neal 78-52, Verdugo, R 21-17, Castro, A 8-6, Huntzinger 18-11, Petrick 80-51, Kiekhefer 30-18, Wyatt 26-21, Tuivailala 21-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Neal 6-4, Verdugo, R 0-2, Castro, A 0-3, Huntzinger 0-1, Petrick 4-3, Kiekhefer 2-0, Wyatt 2-1, Tuivailala 2-0.
Batters faced: Neal 27, Verdugo, R 6, Castro, A 3, Huntzinger 4, Petrick 22, Kiekhefer 7, Wyatt 8, Tuivailala 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Kiekhefer 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Shaun Lampe. 1B: Travis Eggert. 2B: Alex Ortiz. 3B: Marcus Pattillo.
Weather: 90 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 2 mph, Varies.
T: 2:47.
Att: 3,834.
Venue: AutoZone Park.
June 24th, 2015


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