Nashville Sounds Baseball
Nashville, TN – A six-run second inning paved the way for the Memphis Redbirds in a 7-6 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 8,123 fans Friday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Sounds plated runs in four separate innings after the Redbirds took a commanding 6-0 lead, but the rally fell short in yet another one-run loss.
The scoring in the six-run inning started right away when Anthony Garcia doubled and Jonathan Rodriguez singled to make it 1-0.Three of the next four batters reached safely to load the bases for Jacob Wilson. The third baseman launched a 2-2 pitch from Dillon Overton off the left field foul pole for a grand slam and 6-0 lead.
With nobody on and two outs in the bottom of the second, Nashville’s Chad Pinder sparked a rally with a sharp single to left. Andrew Lambo reached on an error and Rangel Ravelo walked to load the bases.
This time it was Nashville’s turn to do the damage with the bases full as catcher Bruce Maxwell lined a bases-clearing double to left-center to cut the deficit in half at 6-3.
Over the next two innings, the Sounds continued to dig into the Redbirds’ lead. Renato Nunez brought home a run in the third with a single up the middle and Tyler Ladendorf singled home a run in the fourth to make it 6-5.
Rodriguez was at it again for Memphis when he belted a solo blast in the fifth to give the Redbirds a 7-5 lead. The Sounds brought it to within a run again in the seventh when Matt Olson’s single to right scored Renato Nunez who previously doubled.
The bullpen trio of Ryan Brasier, Daniel Coulombe and Tucker Healy kept it close by putting up three scoreless frames in the later innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, Sam Tuivailala retired Joey Wendle to start the inning but then issued back-to-back walks to Max Muncy and Nunez. The final pitch on the walk to Nunez was wild and allowed Muncy third base.
Tuivailala bounced back to strike out Olson for the second out, then got Chad Pinder on a fly out to right to end it.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Saturday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Zach Neal (3-1, 3.14) starts for Nashville against right-hander J.C. Sulbaran (2-2, 4.18) for Memphis. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com