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Sounds Win Streak Snapped With 8-7 Loss

August 25, 2006 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Nashville Sounds News Release


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds had their four-game winning streak snapped with an 8-7 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Friday evening at AutoZone Park.

Despite the loss, Nashville (73-61) maintained its four-game cushion over Iowa in the American Conference Northern Division as the Cubs fell to New Orleans. With the Iowa loss, the Sounds' magic number to clinch a playoff berth was reduced to six.

In addition to snapping the Sounds' four-game win streak, the defeat snapped the club's eight-game win streak against Memphis, which dated back to July.

After Nashville took an early 1-0 lead on Jermaine Clark's second-inning sacrifice fly, Memphis responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame against Sounds starter Ben Hendrickson. Three of the runs were unearned following a throwing error by third baseman Vinny Rottino on a sacrifice bunt attempt.

Two more Sounds sacrifice flies in the third, courtesy of Drew Anderson and Graham Koonce, pulled the visitors within a run at 4-3 before Rottino made amends for his earlier fielding gaff by leading off the fourth inning with a solo homer to left off Memphis starter Ricardo Rodriguez, his seventh longball of the year.

The host Redbirds pulled back in front over the next two innings, scoring three runs off Hendrickson to take a 7-4 lead by the end of the fifth.

Sounds right fielder Dave Krynzel tied things up in the top of the sixth with a two-out, three-run homer to left off Rodriguez, his seventh roundtripper of the year.

Memphis claimed its third and final lead of the night in the seventh when Rico Washington slugged a solo homer off Nashville reliever Mitch Stetter, putting the Redbirds in front by an 8-7 margin.

Reliever Brad Thompson (2-0) worked three scoreless innings behind Rodriguez to earn his second win of the year for Memphis.

Stetter (2-5) took the loss after allowing Washington's game-deciding homer in his lone inning of work.

Hendrickson took a no-decision for the Sounds after allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits in only four innings of work.

The teams continue the series with a 6:10 p.m. meeting on Saturday evening. Left-hander Zach Jackson (4-5, 3.98) will toe the rubber for Nashville and square off against right-hander John Webb (6-11, 4.51


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