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Nashville Sounds pounded 11-2 by Memphis Redbirds

 

Jake Smolinski Goes 2-for-4, Raises Average to .427

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Memphis Redbirds won The Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup with an 11-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds in front of 8,401 fans at First Tennessee Park on Sunday night.

Dean Anna led the contest off with a double and from there the hits just kept coming for Memphis. The Redbirds tagged Sounds starter Brad Mills for a season-high seven runs, chasing him after four plus innings. Dan Johnson and Tommy Pham led the way for the Redbirds, combining to go 5-for-6 with three runs and four RBI off the Sounds southpaw, as Memphis took an 8-0 lead after five.

Nashville Sounds fall 11-2 Sunday night at First Tennessee Park.

Nashville Sounds fall 11-2 Sunday night at First Tennessee Park.

The Nashville offense remained quiet until two outs remained in the fifth. Jake Smolinski hit a blooper to center field that dropped in front of Pham allowing Ryan Roberts to come to the plate.

The veteran would take advantage, lining a double down the left field line that pushed Smolinski to third, extending the inning for Max Muncy. The Sounds first baseman then drove in the two players with a single to right, making the score 8-2.

However the momentum did not last for Nashville as Memphis jumped on Sounds switch-pitcher Pat Venditte for three runs – two earned – the very next half inning. Venditte, who entered the game with 1.18 ERA, gave up three extra-base hits in 2/3 of an inning, including a home run to Cody Stanley and a double to Pham. Pham finished the night 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

With the victory, Memphis (8-8) retains the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup between the cross-state division rivals. The Sounds last won the cup in 2012.

Nashville will enjoy a league-wide off day tomorrow, their first break in almost four weeks. The Sounds will then return to action on Tuesday night at the Iowa Cubs’ Principal Park when they begin a four-game set with the I-Cubs. Nate Long (2-4, 6.05) is expected to get the ball for Nashville and will be opposed by Tsuyoshi Wada (3-4, 3.84). First pitch is scheduled for 7:08pm.

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (52-64) 2, Memphis Redbirds (61-55) 11

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 1 0 2 0 5 0 3 0 0 11 14 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 2



Memphis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Anna, 2B 5 2 2 1 1 0 5 .268
Easley, C 4 2 1 1 2 1 3 .256
Johnson, D, 1B 5 2 2 1 1 0 3 .267
Pham, CF 5 1 4 4 0 0 1 .365
Ortega, R, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Garcia, G, SS 4 1 0 0 1 1 6 .291
Scruggs, LF 5 1 0 1 0 1 3 .239
Stanley, DH 5 1 3 1 0 0 3 .248
Wilson, J, 3B 5 0 1 2 0 2 2 .231
Hazelbaker, RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 .353
Greenwood, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Waldron, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Thomas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Wright, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 42 11 14 11 6 5 28 .259
BATTING
2B: Anna (19, Mills), Johnson, D (12, Mills), Easley (8, Venditte), Pham (9, Venditte).
HR: Stanley (6, 7th inning off Venditte, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hazelbaker; Stanley 6; Anna 3; Pham 5; Johnson, D 3; Wilson, J; Easley 2.
RBI: Pham 4 (38), Johnson, D (45), Scruggs (45), Wilson, J 2 (41), Anna (37), Stanley (38), Easley (26).
2-out RBI: Johnson, D; Pham 2; Anna; Easley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garcia, G 3; Anna 2; Easley; Johnson, D.
GIDP: Garcia, G.
Team RISP: 8-for-20.
Team LOB: 11.FIELDING
E: Garcia, G (14, fielding).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gentry, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .241
Wendle, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .277
Smolinski, RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .427
Roberts, R, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .297
Muncy, 1B 4 0 1 2 0 1 2 .260
Freiman, DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .208
Parrino, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .274
Morel, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .209
Blair, C, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .243
Mills, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kurcz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Huntzinger, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Venditte, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Coke, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Otero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alvarez, R, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 2 7 2 1 6 9 .259
BATTING
2B: Roberts, R (27, Greenwood), Smolinski (13, Thomas).
TB: Freiman; Roberts, R 2; Smolinski 3; Blair, C; Muncy; Morel.
RBI: Muncy 2 (25).
2-out RBI: Muncy 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blair, C; Freiman.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.FIELDING
E: Muncy (3, fielding), Morel (2, fielding).
DP: (Parrino-Wendle-Muncy).

 

 

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Greenwood (W, 11-3) 5.2 5 2 2 0 3 0 5.02
Waldron 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.12
Thomas 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.13
Wright, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.60
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 1 6 0 3.91

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mills (L, 4-11) 4.0 7 7 7 4 2 0 4.45
Kurcz 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 0 3.38
Huntzinger 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.62
Venditte 0.2 3 3 2 1 0 1 1.63
Coke 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 8.53
Otero 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.87
Alvarez, R 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.41
Totals 9.0 14 11 9 6 5 1 3.75

 

 

Mills pitched to 4 batters in the 5th.

Game Scores: Greenwood 54, Mills 18.
WP: Mills, Kurcz.
HBP: Hazelbaker (by Mills).
Pitches-strikes: Greenwood 89-58, Waldron 15-11, Thomas 19-12, Wright, J 8-7, Mills 91-51, Kurcz 20-14, Huntzinger 18-10, Venditte 27-14, Coke 5-3, Otero 13-9, Alvarez, R 12-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Greenwood 8-4, Waldron 1-2, Thomas 0-1, Wright, J 3-0, Mills 5-3, Kurcz 1-0, Huntzinger 0-1, Venditte 1-0, Coke 0-0, Otero 3-0, Alvarez, R 1-2.
Batters faced: Greenwood 23, Waldron 5, Thomas 5, Wright, J 3, Mills 23, Kurcz 6, Huntzinger 4, Venditte 7, Coke 1, Otero 5, Alvarez, R 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Waldron 1-0, Kurcz 3-3, Coke 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ron Teague. 1B: Ramon DeJesus. 3B: Adam Schwarz.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:05.
Att: 8,401.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
August 9th, 2015


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