Memphis, TN – James Naile dazzled on the mound and a pair of three-run innings from the offense lifted the Nashville Sounds past the Memphis Redbirds 8-3 on Mother’s Day.
Memphis scattered seven hits off Naile in his seven innings of work, his third seven-inning start of the season. He allowed two runs and matched a season-high with seven strikeouts while not walking any Redbirds. Jorge Mateo drove in a trio of runs for the third time this season and Sheldon Neuse collected his first three-hit game of the season, matching a career-high.
Nashville Sounds pitcher James Naile Fans Seven While Jorge Mateo Drives in Three Runs. (Nashville Sounds)
The Redbirds capitalized on a fielding mistake by the Sounds in the third inning to open the scoring.
Rangel Ravelo hit a dribbler to Neuse at third base whose throw was off line and drew first baseman Nick Martini off the bag.
Martini’s tag on Ravelo was deemed to be late and an infield single was awarded to Ravelo. Oscar Mercado’s sacrifice fly brought Ravelo into score the opening run of the game and Tyler O’Neill’s RBI double added to the Redbirds’ lead.
The Sounds cut the lead in half in the fifth as Neuse doubled and swiped third base. He then scored on a Dustin Garneau sacrifice fly. The one run deficit turned into a two-run lead two innings later. Anthony Garcia’s leadoff double got the seventh inning rolling. An RBI single from Neuse and a two-run double from Mateo catapulted the Sounds into a 4-2 lead.
Memphis’ Tyler O’Neill and Nashville’s Josh Phegley traded home runs in the bottom of the eighth and top of the ninth innings respectively. Mateo and Martini each drove in runs with base hits in the ninth inning.
The Sounds and Redbirds continue their four-game series Monday morning. Right-hander Frankie Montas (1-3, 4.18) starts for Nashville against right-hander Dakota Hudson (3-1, 3.03) for Memphis. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05am.
With Sunday’s 8-3 win, the Sounds improved to 19-17 on the season.
Nick Martini extended his consecutive on-base streak to 24 games when he singled up the middle in the eighth inning. Since April 14th, Martini has reached safely in every game he has played in.
Sheldon Neuse extended his hitting streak to a season-high six games with his leadoff double in the seventh inning. He has also struck out in each of his last 15 games after being fanned in his first at-bat. Neuse doubled twice in a game for the first time this season. He is now batting .435 (10-for-23) with 5 runs, 4 doubles, and 4 RBI during the six-game streak.
Nashville has now scored at least three runs in an inning 22 times this season after scoring three in both the seventh and ninth innings.
The Sounds have come from behind to win each of their last three games
With New Orleans falling to Omaha Sunday the Sounds moved back into second place in the American Southern division. They are two games back of the Redbirds.
The 2018 season is the Sounds’ 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com
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