Memphis, TN -– The Nashville Sounds suffered a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds on Friday evening at Auto Zone Park.
Nashville (32-57) out-hit Memphis, 11-7, in the loss, but the Sounds gave up more than three runs to the Redbirds for the first time in the clubs’ 10 meetings this season.
Nashville Sounds Scooter Gennett. (Mike Strasinger / SportsNashville.net)
Following a 34-minute rain delay, Scooter Gennett (2-for-5) opened the contest with a single, giving him hits in each of his 10 games since rejoining the Sounds from Milwaukee. He is batting .410 (16-for-39) over that stretch.
Hainley Statia, a late addition to the Nashville lineup following the scratch of Khris Davis, gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when he went yard for the first time in nearly two years, pulling a Carlos Martinez offering down the right field line for a solo homer. It was the utilityman’s first longball in 619 at-bats, dating back to July 30, 2011.
The Sounds later loaded the bases with two outs in the frame against Martinez but the right-hander induced an inning-ending groundout from Blake Lalli to avoid further damage. Caleb Gindl (2-for-3) doubled during the inning to extend his longest hitting streak of the year to eight games (13-for-29, .448).
Memphis jumped into the lead in the fourth with back-to-back home runs off Zach Kroenke, who hadn’t allowed a hit in the first three frames.
Greg Garcia started the Redbirds’ fourth by reaching on a throwing error by Sounds shortstop Blake Davis. Two batters later, Jamie Romak belted his 17th home run of the year, a two-run shot to left that gave the home team a 2-1 advantage. Jermaine Curtis followed by driving a 2-0 Kroenke offering over the left field wall for his fourth big fly of the year, making it a 3-1 contest.
Martinez (3-2) earned the win for Memphis after holding the Sounds to one run on six hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work.
The Redbirds extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth on left fielder Chris Swauger’s two-out, two-run double to left-center off Kroenke (4-11), who suffered his league-leading 11th loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits over six innings.
After Memphis added another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly, Hunter Morris (2-for-5) led off the eighth inning with a solo homer to left off Mitchell Boggs, the slugger’s team-leading 17th big fly of the year. Morris has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games at a .318 clip (14-for-44).
The Tennessee rivals square off again at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night. Right-hander R.J. Seidel (1-3, 5.72) will man the bump for the Sounds and face Memphis southpaw Nick Additon (5-4, 4.36).
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