NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Memphis Redbirds (82-56) dominated at the plate and on the mound to top the Nashville Sounds (Athletics) 8-1, Saturday night in Nashville. This is the final regular-season series for both teams.
Adam Wainwright started for the Redbirds, making his second Major League rehab appearance with the team. He bettered his previous start, throwing five strong innings. Wainwright allowed five hits and two walks in his five innings of work, striking out seven batters. It was the most batters Wainwright has struck out in a game at any level this season. He earned the win in the ballgame, and has yet to allow a run in his six rehab appearances between Palm Beach, Springfield, and Memphis.
Tyler Lyons piggy-backed Wainwright’s start. He threw four innings, allowing one run on three hits, while striking out five batters. Because of the score when he entered the game, Lyons ended up earning the save despite the seven-run win.
The Redbirds pounded out 14 hits in the game, their most since notching 16 hits in a 14-0 win over Oklahoma City on August 11. Tommy Edman, Wilfredo Tovar, and Rangel Ravelo each had three hits for the Redbirds. Tovar and Ravelo both had two RBI in the game, and Edman scored three of the eight runs. In his first game with the team since early June, catcher Andrew Knizner went 2-for-5 at the plate. All 14 of the Redbirds’ hits were singles.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Redbirds had 109 steals as a team this season, one shy of the franchise-record. The Redbirds stole three bases in the sixth inning to tie and then set the franchise-record. Max Schrock swiped two bases in the frame, while Edmundo Sosa had the other one.
Memphis and Nashville will play two more games in this series to conclude the regular-season. The Redbirds will begin the playoffs on the road on Sept. 5 before coming home for game three on Sept. 7. Redbirds playoff tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.memphisredbirds.com/