Topic: Carson Blair
Memphis, 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.
Nashville, TN – The largest crowd in First Tennessee Park history of 11,759 fans watched the Oklahoma City Dodgers finish off a four-game sweep of the Nashville Sounds with a 4-1 win Sunday night.
It’s the first time the Sounds (47-37) have been swept in nearly a calendar year. The last time was August 15th-18th of last season when the El Paso Chihuahuas came into First Tennessee Park and won four straight.
Both starters were locked in early and didn’t allow any runs. Zach Neal, working in his first game since being optioned from Oakland, worked four shutout innings after being used primarily out of the bullpen by the A’s.
Young 19-Year-Old Makes Impressive Debut For Nashville In Win
Tacoma, WA – Young Jesus Zambrano provided a welcomed spark during the second game of a doubleheader against Tacoma on Sunday night, making a strong debut and helping Nashville to an 8-4 win in the series finale.
It had been a tough series for the Nashville pitching staff going into Sunday’s series finale, but when the youthful Zambrano was called upon, he answered in a big way. Fresh off his 19th birthday just one week ago, the right-hander was promoted from the AZL A’s earlier in the day to make his first start above the Arizona League level in his brief three-year career. He did not disappoint.
Tanner Peters Throws 1.2 Scoreless in Triple-A Debut
Tacoma, WA – Nashville built an early 3-0 lead, but Tacoma stormed back scoring eight unanswered runs to defeat the Sounds at Cheney Stadium on Friday night.
After Ryan Roberts doubled, Jason Pridie gave the Sounds an early 2-0 lead, driving in the veteran utility man and infielder Joey Wendle. Wendle keyed another rally in his next at bat, hitting his 38th double of the season and then coming around to score on a Brent Morel single. The hits came off rehabbing Seattle Mariners starter James Paxton.
All Nine Sounds Hitters Record a Hit, Cody Martin Notches Quality Start
Reno, NV – The Nashville Sounds hit parade continued on Tuesday night as they out-slugged Reno 7-4 at Aces Ballpark.
The first inning began how many opening frame have started this season for Nashville, the red-hot Joey Wendle smacked his 37th double of the season and came around to score on a Jason Pridie single. The outfielder became the first Sound to hit the 80 RBI plateau on the play.
Reno immediately answered, getting a run on a sacrifice fly by Jamie Romak. The Aces would load the bases, but Sounds’ starter Cody Martin struck Todd Glaesmann out swinging to leave them loaded. Nashville is now outscoring their opponents 80-50 in the opening frame this season.
First Tennessee Park Sells Out For 19th Time This Season, Hosts 10,717 Fans
Nashville, TN – In front of 10,717 fans at sold out First Tennessee Park, the Nashville Sounds won 3-2 over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Saturday night.
The Sounds recorded four hits over the first two innings, including two doubles, but were unable to score a run. Craig Gentry and Joey Wendle were both thrown out on plays at the plate in the first, and the game went to the third scoreless. The first two hitters in the Sounds’ lineup would get their revenge later in the contest.
Joey Wendle Records Team-Best Eighth Three-Hit Game of Season
Des Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds never trailed and cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs on Friday night at Principal Park.
The Sounds pounded I-Cubs starter Felipe Paulino early and often on Friday night, forcing the right-hander to surrender six runs on 59 pitches through two frames. Nashville loaded the bases for their cleanup man, Jason Pridie, who worked a six-pitch walk to open the scoring in the first.
Next batter Jake Smolinski drove Joey Wendle in on a sacrifice fly and Rangel Ravelo stepped to the plate. The Oakland Athletics’ prospect delivered, recording his first career Triple-A triple, giving Nashville a 4-0 lead.
Outfielder Jake Smolinski Scores Four Runs, Blasts Ninth Homer This Season
Des Moines, IA – Jake Smolinski left his mark on Thursday night’s game in Iowa and helped lead Nashville to an 8-4 win over the Cubs at Principal Park.
Smolinski was perfect at the plate, collecting his third three-hit game as a Sound and scoring four times. The outfielder smashed a clutch three-run bomb in the seventh inning, doubled in the second and raised his average to .425 in PCL play this season. Smolinski’s four runs were the most in a game by a Nashville player this season.
The 26-year-old started the two-run second by lining his 14th double of the season to left.
Standing Room Only Crowd Of 11,043 Marks Third-Largest At First Tennessee Park
Nashville, TN – The Sounds jumped all over the Redbirds early on Saturday night and held on for a 4-1 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 11,043 at First Tennessee Park.
The packed house was the 17th sellout in the inaugural season at First Tennessee Park. The win gives Nashville an 8-7 lead in The Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup series with the final game set for tomorrow evening.
The home team put up a two spot on the scoreboard in the first inning courtesy of their third home run of the series. Jake Smolinski took his turn trotting around the bases when he stayed back on a John Gast changeup and just cleared the right field wall. Joey Wendle scored on Smolinski’s seventh home run during Triple-A play this season and the Sounds were off to a 2-0 lead.
Nashville Sounds Bullpen Tosses 7 2/3 Scoreless Innings In Series Finale
Papillion, NB – Ryan Roberts had a big day at Werner Park on Tuesday afternoon, blasting his second home run of the game to lead off the 12th inning and helping propel Nashville to an 8-6 win over Omaha.
The victory allowed the Sounds to take three of four from Omaha, marking their first series win since the end of June. The four hour and 10 minute game was Nashville’s sixth win in 13 extra-inning contests this season.
Roberts played hero for the Sounds with his solo shot to start the 12th. It was the designated hitter’s fourth home run of the series and his fourth RBI of the game.
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