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Efficiency is not the same as effectiveness.

April 22, 2009

Both teams today were nearly  equally effective at the plate today. Memphis had 8 hits, Nashville 7. But the difference was the efficiency.

What is much more important is when a team gets a hit, or a walk, or a strikeout. That is what efficiency is about. Simply put, the Memphis Redbirds were a much more efficient team today and that’s why they won a narrow 3-1 decision.

The Sounds came into today’s game batting .313 with runners in scoring position (RISP). Today they were just 1 for 7. That’s not being effective. Nashville had their chances today. The Sounds had good chances of scoring more runs in the 5th, 7th and 8th innings, but great pitching by the Redbirds silenced the Sound’s bats. The top five hitters in the Sound’s line-up today were a combined 2-18.

The Sounds had four players coming into today’s game who were hot at the plate: (Gwynn, Escobar, Bourgeois and Koshansky. Only Gwynn continued his hot bat, going 2-4. Gamel, who has been hot all season, went 0-3 with a walk, striking out twice.

Erick Almonte by you.

Erick Almonte of Nashville strikes out in the 7th inning to stall a potential Sound's comeback.

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