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Stellar pitching by Redbirds shuts down Nashville, 3-1

April 22, 2009

An old great Major League pitcher named Warren Spahn once said, “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

Nothing can quite bring a win-streak to a screeching halt like a great pitching performance, and the Memphis Redbirds got just that today as they held the Nashville Sounds to just one run in an afternoon game at AutoZone Park. The Sounds had been averaging 7.2 runs a game during their five-game win streak. Righty Brad Thompson (2-0) for Memphis got the win, pitching five full innings. Nick Green (1-1)  for Nashville took the loss.  Jess Todd (3) completed his third save of the year for the Redbirds.

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Brad Thompson of the Memphis Redbirds wins his second game of the 2009 season with a 3-1 effort against the Nashville Sounds April 22nd.

The Redbirds struck out eleven Sounds batters today, spread out among four pitchers. The key is that they struck out the Nashville batters when they needed to. There were three innings where Nashville could have scored (5th, 7th, and 8th) and all three of those innings offensive doors were shut by strike outs from Redbird’s pitchers.

Memphis is 7-0 after leading after the sixth inning, like they did today. They are also 5-0 now when they score the first run. 5,997 fans were in attendance in AutoZone Park today on a late April warm day (68 degrees) to watch the inter-State rivals play between the foul lines.

The Redbirds went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first on a single RBI double from Stavinoha, scoring Shane Robinson who got on by a single.  Allen Craig then hit an RBI single scoring Satvinoha. Those two runs proved all the offensive fire power the home team would need today. The Sound’s lone run came in the 5th inning on an RBI single from Carlos Corporan, scoring Adam Heether who doubled earlier. Corporan and Heether were the only other two Nashville bats with life today. Heether went 3-4 and Corporan was 2-3.

Today’s win placed the Redbirds (8-5) one-half game ahead of Nashville (8-6)  in the PCL American North. The North division is tight right now with Iowa ahead by just one-half game over Memphis.

Today’s expected starters for the 7:05 PM game start are: RHP Tim Dillard (2-0, 1.64) for Nashville, and RHP Blake Hawksworth (1-1, 3.60) for the Memphis Redbirds.

April 22, 2009 1:05 PM CT
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Memphis 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 0
W: Brad Thompson (2-0); L: Nick Green (1-1); SV: Jess Todd (3)
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