Mills, Gentry Guide Nashville Past Memphis

Sounds7Craig Gentry collected three hits, including his third home run in the last nine days, and led Nashville to a 5-0 victory over Memphis at AutoZone Park on Thursday night.

The shutout was the sixth that the Sounds’ pitching staff has posted this season and the win evened The Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup series to three games for both clubs.

With the three-hit contest, Gentry now has a hit in 17 of his 21 games during the month of June. He started the night with a bang, taking Memphis starter Tyler Lyons deep on the third pitch of the game. The home run was the outfielder’s eighth extra-base hit over his last 14 games.

The Sounds added a pair in the very next frame when Gentry roped a single that scored Nate Freiman from third. Joey Wendle followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Niuman Romero and pushed the Nashville lead to 3-0.

The visitors would post one run in both the third and fourth innings and go on to outhit the home team, 11-4. Dayan Viciedo and Jake Smolinski, both recently added to the Nashville roster, had two hits apiece in the victory.

All the offense was in support of starter Brad Mills, who turned in his best start of the season. The lefty went eight strong innings without a run, surrendering only four hits and adding four strikeouts. He held Memphis to just two at-bats with runners in scoring position and never walked a hitter. His season-high 112 pitches guided him to his team-leading eighth quality start and third win in 2015.

The Sounds are hoping to ride momentum from the victory as they open an eight-game homestand on Friday. The Oklahoma City Dodgers come to First Tennessee Park and right-hander Chris Bassitt (2-6, 4.03) will pitch against rehabbing starter Brandon Beachy. Friday’s game is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 p.m.