Nashville, TN – The Memphis Redbirds used a nine-strikeout performance from starter Alex Reyes on their way to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 5,369 fans at First Tennessee Park Monday night.
Reyes’ solid outing started early as he struck out the side in the first inning. The top prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, according to Baseball America, allowed one run on two hits in his second win of the season.
While Reyes was keeping the Sounds off the bases, Jesse Hahn was struggling to find the strike zone for Nashville.The right-hander walked a pair in the first but got out of the jam with no runs across. He walked three in the second, including Matt Williams with the bases loaded to force in the game’s first run.
Hahn ended up issuing a career-high seven walks. He allowed three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings and was tagged with the loss.
Nashville cut the deficit to two runs on two separate occasions, and then drew even closer in the ninth. Arismendy Alcantara launched a solo homer into The Band Box in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 3-1 game.
After Memphis scored a run against Liam Hendriks in the seventh, a run-scoring groundout by Renato Nunez trimmed the deficit to 4-2.
Memphis turned to reliever Sam Tuivailala for the ninth. Matt Olson greeted the right-hander by sending a triple down the right field line. Colin Walsh followed with a single to make it a 4-3 game.
Tuivailala bucked down and struck out the next three batters in order to earn his sixth save of the year.
The Redbirds out-hit the Sounds, 8-6, drew nine walks and stole five bases but went just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Game two of the four-game series is scheduled for Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Angel Castro (0-3, 6.06) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Mike Mayers (1-1, 2.12) for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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