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Nashville Sounds fall 7-6 at Memphis Redbirds

 

Nashville SoundsMemphis, TN – The Memphis Redbirds and Michael McKenry’s walk-off home run provided the last laugh in a 7-6 win over the Nashville Sounds Wednesday night at AutoZone Park.

McKenry’s game-winning solo blast with two outs in the bottom of the ninth came just moments after Max Muncy tied the game with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

With the Sounds (48-39) trailing 6-4, Muncy was summoned as a pinch-hitter for Carson Blair. With Joey Wendle leading from second base, Muncy hit an opposite field shot to even the game at 6-6 with one out in the top of the ninth.

Memphis Redbirds givs Nashville Sounds Second Straight Series Loss

Memphis Redbirds givs Nashville Sounds Second Straight Series Loss

Ryan Brasier, who had pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth for the Sounds, came back out for the bottom of the ninth and quickly got back-to-back strikeouts to start the frame. On a 1-1 pitch, McKenry lifted a fly ball to left-center that carried over the wall to give the Redbirds (41-44) a game-winner.

Nashville took control early in the game when Jaycob Brugman belted an opposite field two-run homer off Memphis starter Mike Mayers in the top of the third inning. Brugman’s fourth blast of the season started the scoring in a game that saw multiple ties and lead changes.

It didn’t take long for the Redbirds to come back with runs of their own against Nashville starter Nick Tepesch.

A walk and back-to-back extra base hits by McKenry and Dean Anna knotted the game at 2-2 in the fourth. Memphis built their lead up to 4-2 before the Sounds came charging back in the seventh.

Rangel Ravelo’s RBI double trimmed the deficit to 4-3 and Blair’s infield single leveled the game at 4-4 heading to the eighth inning.

Again, the Redbirds answered with runs of their own. Two more extra base hits and a sacrifice fly off Sounds reliever Angel Castro gave Memphis a 6-4 lead.

It stayed that way until Muncy’s blast in the top of the ninth tied the game.

Brasier was charged with the loss to drop his record to 5-3. Dean Kiekhefer got the win after coming on in the ninth after the home run.

The Sounds return to First Tennessee Park Thursday night when they open a four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs. Right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-4, 3.92) starts for Nashville. 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


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