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'Birds Out Slug Sounds, 8-7

August 25, 2006 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Memphis Redbirds News Release


Memphis, Tenn. - The Redbirds edged Nashville with a seventh inning home run and held on to win 8-7 on a wild play in the ninth at AutoZone Park on Friday.

Tony Gwynn was gunned down at home plate to end the game when he tried to score from first base on an error. With two outs, Chris Barnwell appeared to ground out to end the game, but shortstop John Nelson's throw pulled first baseman Derek Wathan off the bag. Wathan tried to beat Barnwell to the bag and then pleaded his case with the first base umpire while Gwynn circled the bases. The first baseman then turned and threw home in time for catcher Mike Rose to tag Gwynn out to end the game.

Memphis and Nashville traded blows early with the Redbirds scoring four runs in the second inning and Nashville answering with three in the sixth. The game was knotted at 7-7 in the seventh when Rico Washington lifted a solo homer to right field just inside the foul pole to put the Redbirds on top 8-7.

Brad Thompson (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the Redbirds to earn the win. Mitch Stetter (2-5) took the loss for the Sounds in relief.

The Redbirds will send John Webb (6-11) to the mound tomorrow. Nashville will counter with lefty Zach Jackson (4-5). First pitch is slated for 6:10 p.m. CST.


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