Nashville Loses Slugfest Against Memphis

Sounds4Both Nashville and Memphis came out slugging in Wednesday afternoon’s game at AutoZone Park, but the Redbirds eventually evened the series with a 9-4 win.

A run was scored by one or both of the teams through each of the first six innings. Those six frames included a combination of 13 runs and 25 hits, as Memphis eventually outhit Nashville, 14-12.

The combination of Craig Gentry and Joey Wendle at the top of the lineup set the tone all game for the Sounds. The duo went a combined 7-for-10 with four runs scored, three doubles and two RBIs. They got Nashville on the board in the top of the first by both scoring. Ryan Roberts recorded a sacrifice fly to grab the early lead and Jake Smolinski collected a RBI single to make it 2-0.

Smolinski joined Gentry and Wendle with a three-hit game. In his first two games with Nashville, the outfielder is 5-for-8 with three RBIs and a double.

Nashville scored three of its four runs with two outs and was 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Wendle’s two doubles extended his team-leading extra-base hit total to 29, while his four hits were a season high.

Stephen Piscotty led the way for Memphis, going 3-for-5 with his 10th homer of the season, two runs and two RBIs, while Dan Johnson also had a trio of hits. The ‘Birds claimed the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and added three more in the sixth to post the 9-4 advantage.

The Sounds came into the game with the second-best ERA (3.45) in the PCL, but it took a hit on Wednesday. Starter Zach Neal saw the Redbirds tag him for six runs on a season-high 11 hits over five innings. Angel Castro did pitch a scoreless seventh though, and Brock Huntzinger extended his scoreless streak to 12 games and 17 2/3 innings with a perfect eighth.

The two teams conclude the three-game series on Thursday at AutoZone Park with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Lefty Brad Mills (2-7, 3.56) will be opposed by Thomas Lee in the series finale.