Dan Otero Throws Three Scoreless in First Career Start
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds cruised to an 8-0, seven-inning win over the Memphis Redbirds on Thursday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Sounds immediately jumped on Redbirds spot-starter Tyler Waldron. Joey Wendle started the rally with a single, then Jason Pridie walked and Jake Smolinski reached on an infield single to load the bases for Max Muncy.
Muncy then walked to drive in a run. In his first career Triple-A plate appearance, Rangel Ravelo came up next and delivered for Nashville, knocking in two with a single and the Sounds led 3-0.Dan Otero made the 415th appearance of his career and his first start. The right-hander pitched well throwing three scoreless innings, holding Memphis to just one hit. In relief of Otero, Taylor Thompson made his First Tennessee Park debut. The rehabbing Athletics reliever threw a scoreless inning, striking out a Redbird batter and was awarded his first victory.
Ryan Roberts provided insurance for Nashville in the fourth, cranking a three-run homer off Marcus Hatley. The veteran has been on fire of late, hitting five home runs in his past six games.
Nashville took advantage of a Matt Williams error in the sixth that allowed Craig Gentry to reach base. Wendle then singled to improve to 4-for-4 on the night and push Gentry into scoring position. Pridie would drive Gentry in to make it 8-0. The eight-run margin of victory is the largest for the Sounds this season.
In the 15 innings played between the two games tonight, Nashville outscored Memphis 16-0.
The Sounds now lead the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series 7-6 over Memphis. The two teams will play once again tomorrow night at First Tennessee Park. Zach Neal (7-5, 3.59) is scheduled to start for the home team. He will be opposed by Zach Petrick (6-5, 4.31) First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and a Fox 17 Friday Night Fireworks presentation will follow the game.
Nashville Sounds (51-62) 8, Memphis Redbirds (59-54) 0
|Ortega, R, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Johnson, D, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||5||.260|
|Wilson, J, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.236|
|Mejia, A, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.282|
|Williams, M, SS||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.240|
TB: Ortega, R; Hazelbaker; Mejia, A; Scruggs; Pham 2; Williams, M 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scruggs; Wilson, J 2; Johnson, D 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
E: Williams, M (7, fielding).
Outfield assists: Ortega, R (Anderson, B at home).
DP: (Mejia, A-Wilson, J-Scruggs).
|Roberts, R, DH||4||1||1||3||0||1||4||.294|
|Anderson, B, C||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Thompson, Ta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Anderson, B (13, Waldron).
HR: Roberts, R (9, 4th inning off Hatley, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Wendle 4; Ravelo; Pridie; Roberts, R 4; Muncy; Anderson, B 3; Smolinski 2.
RBI: Muncy (20), Ravelo 2 (2), Wendle (43), Roberts, R 3 (47), Pridie (73).
2-out RBI: Muncy; Ravelo 2; Pridie.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parrino; Smolinski; Muncy 2.
Team RISP: 7-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Wendle 2 (8, 2nd base off Waldron/Easley, 2nd base off Waldron/Easley).
|Waldron (L, 4-6)||1.2||5||4||4||3||4||0||4.21|
|Thompson, Ta (W, 1-0)||1.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
Game Scores: Waldron 30, Otero 61.
Pitches-strikes: Waldron 51-29, Hatley 31-17, Kiekhefer 38-27, Otero 42-31, Thompson, Ta 20-10, Coke 26-21, Kurcz 31-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Waldron 1-0, Hatley 3-1, Kiekhefer 3-1, Otero 4-0, Thompson, Ta 0-2, Coke 3-0, Kurcz 0-1.
Batters faced: Waldron 13, Hatley 10, Kiekhefer 10, Otero 10, Thompson, Ta 5, Coke 9, Kurcz 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Hatley 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ron Teague. 1B: Ramon DeJesus. 3B: Adam Schwarz.
Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to LF.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
August 6th, 2015