Memphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds dominated the Memphis Redbirds with a 14-4 win Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
The win was the 47th on the road for the American Southern Division champions. The 47th win set a franchise-record for most road wins in a season previously set by the 1980 Sounds club that also won 46 away from Nashville.
Matt Olson gave the Sounds an early lead with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. After a lead-off single from B.J. Boyd and a walk to Colin Walsh, Olson hit a three-run homer to right field. Olson’s homer was his 16th of the season and his third of the road trip.
Sounds starter Daniel Mengden surrendered his lone run in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out RBI single from Redbirds designated hitter Efren Navarro. Navarro’s RBI single scored Dean Anna to trim the Sounds lead to 3-1 after the first.
That is as close as the Redbirds would get for the remainder of the game as the Sounds tacked on two more three-run innings in the fourth and seventh innings and capped their night off with a five-run eighth.
After Mengden surrendered the first inning run he settled into a groove and retired the side in three of his five innings pitched. The right-hander finished with six strikeouts and gave up only three hits.
Rangel Ravelo started the a three-run fourth as his RBI double to left scored Renato Nunez to put the Sounds up 4-1. Josh Rodriguez then hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Joey Wendle to stretch the lead to 5-1. Boyd capped off the inning with a RBI single scoring Ravelo to give the Sounds a 6-1 lead after four.
The Sounds then plated another three runs in the seventh all with two outs in the frame. With the bases loaded, Wendle hit a comebacker to Redbirds pitcher Corey Litrell scoring Matt Chapman and Wendle was safe at first to reload the bases for Matt McBride. McBride then plated Olson and Nunez with a two-run double to make it a 9-1 Sounds lead.
Memphis then got one back in the bottom of the seventh on a solo home run from Mike Ohlman off new Sounds reliever Cody Stull to make it a 9-2 Sounds lead. The home run was the only hit and run surrendered in two innings by the recent call up from High-A Stockton in his Sounds debut.
Walsh began a five-run eighth with a RBI double scoring Rodriguez, moments later Boyd scored from third on a fielding error by Redbirds third baseman Patrick Wisdom. Wendle then got his second RBI single of the game scoring Colin Walsh to stretch the lead to 12-2. McBride then capped the Sounds night with his second two-run double scoring Chapman and Olson to give the Sounds a 14-2 lead.
The Redbirds then added two in the bottom of the inning to make it the 14-4 final.
The Sounds now return home for the final four home games of the regular season with a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs Monday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Raul Alcantara (4-0, 0.89) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Josh Collmenter (0-0, 1.35) for the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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.