NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Shelby Miller struck out nine over six strong innings as the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds handed the Nashville Sounds a 5-1 defeat in the opener of a season-ending four-game series.
The 21–year-old Miller (11-10) scattered five hits and walked none for his eighth quality start and eleventh victory.
The loss to the Redbirds snapped a season-best five-game winning streak and six-game win streak at home. The top three hitters in the Memphis lineup went a combined 9-for-13 with four runs scored.
Outfielder Logan Schafer and Khris Davis each had multi-hit games for the second straight game. Taylor Green doubled to extend his hitting streak to a season-best eight games.
The Sounds scored their lone run in the bottom of the first inning. Schafer hit an infield single and came all the way around to score on a Davis RBI double down the right field line.
Memphis took the lead at 2-1 in the visiting half of the sixth and didn’t look back. After Adron Chambers and Steven Hill singled, Brock Peterson hammed a two-run double down the left field line.
Three consecutive one-out singles combined with a pair of errors extended Memphis’ lead to 4-1 after reliever Mike McClendon entered the contest in the next frame. With runners on first and second, Ryan Jackson singled to center, which was bobbled by Schafer to allow both runners to advance. After Schafer’s throw to third to gun down the lead runner, third baseman Taylor Green airmailed a throw to second.
The Redbirds tacked on an insurance run in ninth with three singles, highlighted by a RBI base hit by Hill.
For his team-leading 10th quality start and hard-luck loss, Sounds starting pitcher Wily Peralta (7-11) gave up a couple of runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. The 23-year-old fanned two and induced a pair of inning-ending double plays with 100 pitches (64 strikes).
McClendon was charged with two runs (one earned) on three hits in an inning. Mitch Stetter struck out one in 2/3 of an inning. Amaury Rivas closed the game with a run earned in 1 1/3 innings.
Nashville and Memphis continue the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series at 6:35 pm CT on Saturday night at Greer Stadium. Sounds right-hander Brian Baker (4-4, 4.23) takes the mound against Redbirds righty Brandon Dickson (5-11, 3.55).
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