Sounds smash Memphis 11-3 as Butler earns his first victory
The Nashville Sounds (35-26) picked a great time to bust loose offensively and recently promoted Joshua Butler (1-1) could not be happier. The Sounds demolished the Memphis Redbirds tonight by a lopsided score of 11-3 before 3,076 fans at Greer Stadium. Tonight’s output was the most for Nashville this year. Nashville scored at least once in five (of eight) innings: the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and a 5-run seventh inning.
A wild-pitch by Butler gave Memphis a one-run lead in the 2nd. 1-0 Memphis. Cole Gillespie’s sac-fly in the bottom of the 2nd tied up the score 1-1.
Butler yielded a two-out single in the 4th to allow Memphis to move ahead again 2-1, but that lead would not hold for long. Nashville came right back and plated two runners in the bottom of the 4th. With bases loaded Jason Bourgeois doubled (7) to left knocking in two runners. 3-2 Sounds.
From then on it got ugly for Memphis. The Sounds made it 4-2 in the 5th on a Heether double (9). Nashville plated two more men in the 6th. Iribarren’s two-out single scored Escobar, and Katin’s single plated Iribarren. 6-2 Sounds.
Nashville plated five runners in the 7th to make the final score a lopsided 11-3. Here’s how Nashville scored in the 7th. Gillespie hit a solo homer (3) to left with one out. Almonte then singled. Bourgeois’s double (8) scored Almonte. Escobar grounded out, two outs. Iribarren and Koshansky walked to load the bases. Brendan Katin’s two-out bases loaded doubled (15) cleared the bases to the delight of the Greer crowd. 11-3 Sounds.
Butler (1-1) pitched very solidly, going 5 innings, giving up five hits, two runs (both earned), walking just one and striking out five.
MVP: Joshua Butler (1-1)