Memphis, TN – Another strong performance by starter Dillon Overton led the Nashville Sounds to a 2-1 win over the Memphis Redbirds Saturday night at AutoZone Park.
The win was the 46th on the road for the American Southern Division champions. It matches the franchise record for most road wins in a season set by the 1980 Sounds club that also won 46 away from Nashville. The Sounds have five more road games left in the regular season.
Overton limited the Redbirds to one run on five hits in six innings. He issued one walk and struck out four in his 13th win of the season. The left-hander has 13 quality starts and the Sounds are 14-6 in games he starts.Matt Olson and Joey Wendle gave Nashville (79-56) an early lead in the second inning. Olson started the inning with a double to left-center and Wendle drove him in with his 30th double of the season two batters later.
The lone run Overton allowed came in the third when Memphis third baseman Patrick Wisdom hit a solo homer to even the game at 1-1.
It stayed that way until Olson and Wendle were at the center of another rally in the sixth. Olson sent his third hit of the night into left field to put the lead-off man on. Renato Nunez singled to put runners on the corners for Wendle who sent a soft single into right field to score Olson giving the Sounds a 2-1 lead.
Overton worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth before handing the game over to the bullpen. Sean Doolittle worked around a one-out double with a pair of strikeouts to turn in a scoreless seventh.
Carlos Navas entered in the eighth and got a line drive double play in the scoreless frame.
With a 2-1 lead, Navas retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth before issuing a walk to Nick Martini. Wisdom was the next batter and sent a hard ground ball down the third base line. It was gloved on a diving stop by third baseman Matt Chapman who jumped up and fired to first in time to get Wisdom.
The save for Navas is his first at the Triple-A level. Olson finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles to up his total to 34 on the season.
Wendle, B.J. Boyd and Josh Rodriguez added multi-hit games for the Sounds.
The fifth and final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Memphis. Right-hander Daniel Mengden (7-2, 1.66) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Matt Pearce (0-0, 0.00) for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05pm.
Tickets for the 2016 Pacific Coast League playoff dates at First Tennessee Park are now available for purchase at the Nashville Sounds box office and online at www.nashvillesounds.com
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate.