Sounds Fall To Memphis, 5-1
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Sounds lost to the Memphis Redbirds, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon at historic Greer Stadium in the third game of a four-game series.
With the loss, Nashville (72-67) drops to 1.5 games behind Memphis in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division.
The Sounds offense was held to five hits and struck out a season-high 15 times, with three players fanning at least three times on the afternoon.
On his second rehab assignment, Memphis starter Todd Wellemeyer pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, striking out three while walking one. Oneli Perez (4-3) followed for the Redbirds and earned the win after allowing four hits and no runs in 5 2/3 innings.
The Redbirds struck first against Nashville starter Mike Burns in the top of the second inning. Memphis singled three times up the middle, highlighted by outfielder Mark Shorey's RBI base hit that put Memphis on the board at 1-0.
Memphis third baseman Allen Craig hit a two out two-run double to right field in the next frame, scoring Tyler Greene for a 2-0 Redbirds advantage. Craig added a sacrifice fly in the top half of the fifth inning, extending the lead to 3-0.
Nashville catcher Carlos Corporan hit a leadoff single to right field in the bottom of the next frame and later scored on a Corey Patterson sacrifice fly to trim the lead to 3-1.
Memphis got the run back on the first pitch of the next frame, with a solo home run to left field by Jarrett Hoffpauir, his 14th of the season.
Another sacrifice by Greene in the top of the ninth inning gave Memphis a 5-1 lead.
In his first start since returning from Milwaukee, Burns (7-3) took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out seven in six innings of work for Nashville. Matt Ginter gave up one run in three innings in relief.
Corporan recorded a season-high three hits on the afternoon, including a double. The Sounds and Redbirds wrap up their four-game series at 7:00 pm CT on Thursday evening at historic Greer Stadium, the final home game of the 2009 regular season. Nashville left-hander Chase Wright (9-7, 4.34) takes the mound against lefty Jaime Garcia (2-0, 4.50).
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