Adam Wainwright tossed five shutout innings to lead the Memphis Redbirds to an 8-1 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 9,956 fans at First Tennessee Park Saturday night.
In his second Major League rehab start against the Sounds in less than a week, Wainwright scattered five hits, walked two and struck out seven in the winning effort. Wainwright was in a jam in the bottom of the fifth when Nashville loaded the bases against the veteran right-hander but he struck out Jorge Mateo to end the threat.
Memphis grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third with five hits off Nashville starter Raul Alcantara. Wilfredo Tovar started the scoring with a two-run single and Lane Thomas bounced into a fielder's choice to knock in another run.
It was a 5-0 game in favor of the Redbirds before Sounds designated hitter Anthony Garcia cut into the deficit with a solo home run to make it 5-1. It was Garcia's second homer in as many games and his team-high 25th of the year.
That's as close as the Sounds would get as the Redbirds tacked on runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning. Right-handed pitchers Ismael Aquino and Calvin Coker made their Sounds and Triple-A debuts in the loss.
Sheldon Neuse continued his strong second half of the season with another multi-hit game, his team-leading 34th of the season. The Sounds third baseman is hitting .319 (61-for-191) after the All-Star break.
Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Sunday night at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Eric Jokisch (5-10, 4.13) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Jake Woodford (4-5, 4.81) for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.
- With tonight's 8-1 loss, the Sounds dropped to 71-67 on the season.
- Nick Martini extended his consecutive on-base streak to 66 games when he walked in the fifth inning. Martini's streak is the longest by a Nashville player in the Pacific Coast League era and is the longest active streak in professional baseball. Since April 14, Martini has reached safely in every game
he has played in with the Sounds. The 66-game on-base streak is the second-longest in professional baseball since at least 2009 when MLBAM began tracking the statistic.
- Designated hitter Anthony Garcia clubbed his 25th home run of the season in the sixth inning. With a home run last night, it's the third time this season Garcia has homered in consecutive games.
- Catcher Sean Murphy went 2-for-4 in his Sounds and Triple-A debut.
The 2018 season is the Sounds' 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics' top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.
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