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12th-inning Patterson blast puts Sounds in first

August 31, 2009 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Nashville Sounds News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Corey Patterson belted a two-out home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning to power the Nashville Sounds back into first place with a 6-5 victory over the Memphis Redbirds on Monday evening at historic Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

With the win, Nashville (72-65) leapfrogged the Redbirds in the PCL American Conference Northern Division standings to take a half-game lead over Memphis and a one-game lead over Iowa.

Patterson (3-for-6) drove Memphis reliever Matthew Scherer's 2-1 offering well over the wall in right field for his fifth longball of the season to give Nashville its 12th last at-bat victory of the year. The Sounds improved to 7-4 in extra-inning action this season.

Nashville finally broke through to record the win after missing multiple opportunities to break the tie in the late innings, leaving the bases loaded three times: in the eighth, ninth, and eleventh frames.

Memphis got started quickly, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Sounds starter Mike Jones. Jon Jay led off with a single and Tyler Greene walked before both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Allen Craig put the visitors on the board with an RBI infield single and David Freese added a sacrifice fly.

Right fielder Tike Redman and second baseman Hernan Iribarren combined to stifle the Redbirds' attempt to do further damage in the frame, throwing out Craig at the plate as he attempted to score from first on a Mark Hamilton double.

Nashville rallied against rehabbing Memphis right-hander Todd Wellemeyer in the bottom of the frame, plating four runs to take a 4-2 lead.

Sounds shortstop J.J. Hardy evened the contest when he belted a two-run homer to left off Wellemeyer. The blast, which scored Patterson (walk), was the infielder's fourth of the year.

Iribarren, who leads Nashville with a .402 average with runners in scoring position, came through in the clutch again when he put the home team in the lead with a two-out, two-run double to right that chased Wellemeyer.

Memphis shortstop Tyler Greene got into the longball act in the third, pulling the Redbirds with a run at 4-3 with a leadoff solo shot to left off Jones.

The Redbirds re-claimed the lead an inning later. Jay tied the contest when he slugged his tenth homer of the year, a one-out solo shot to right-center off Jones. Memphis moved ahead 5-4 later in the frame on a Craig RBI single.

The Sounds tied the contest once again at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth when Iribarren scored on Adam Stern's two-out RBI double down the left field line. Carlos Corporan was thrown out at home on the play to end the inning.

Neither team scored over the next seven frames. The Nashville bullpen was particularly impressive, combining for 8 2/3 innings of two-hit scoreless ball to close out the contest.

John Axford (4-0) picked up the win for the Sounds after fanning three batters over two scoreless frames. Scherer (3-4) took the loss after allowing the game-winning homer to cap off his 1 2/3 innings of work.

The teams continue the series with another 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday night. Left-hander Lindsay Gulin (6-9, 4.59) will man the bump for Nashville to face Memphis southpaw Evan MacLane (6-11, 4.27).

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