Sounds take series over Redbirds
The Nashville Sounds jumped out to a big lead and held on for a 7-4 win over the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday, securing a 3-1 series win over their in-state rivals.
Daniel Gossett got the start and he threw six scoreless innings to earn the win. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed two hits. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.63 since being sent back down from Oakland.
Nashville built a 6-0 lead thanks to two-run frames in the third, fourth and sixth. Josh Phegley and Dustin Garneau both homered in the fourth inning.
The Redbirds closed the gap in the seventh when they scored four runs against reliever J.B. Wendelken. In the eighth, the Redbirds threatened to tie the game or take the lead when they put on two baserunners against Raul Alcantara with two outs. Bobby Wahl came in and retired Alex Meija on a swinging strikeout to end the threat. Wahl then worked a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season. His ERA is down to 1.50 and he has a 26:4 K:BB in 18 innings. Wahl has allowed just 13 baserunners this season.
Garneau also doubled and was hit by a pitch. Jorge Mateo had a double and a triple. Anthony Garcia had two hits and a walk and Sheldon Neuse doubled.
The Sounds are now 20-18. The series win drew them within two games of first place.
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