A quality start is a familiar saying for Memphis lately, and Nick Greenwood continued the tradition on Monday night. Greenwood would pitch 6 1/3 innings giving up only two hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts in the Redbirds (35-30) 5-2 win against the Nashville Sounds (29-36).
Scoring quickly began in the top of the first inning when Tommy Pham connected on a two RBI single to give the Redbirds an early 2-0 lead. Pham went 1-for-3 in the game with the two RBI’s, a walk, and a strikeout. He’s hitting .333 in his early season.
The Redbirds would extend the lead in the top of the second to 3-0 when Rafael Ortega scored on a wild pitch by Sounds starter Chris Bassitt. Ortega would extend it to 4-0 in the top of the third on a near inside the park home run but was thrown out at home to give him the RBI triple. He finished the game 2-for-4 with the run and RBI. His other hit was a double.
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No more runs would be registered on the scoreboard until the top of the eighth inning when Jacob Wilson hit an RBI single to make it 5-0. Wilson went 1-for-4 with the RBI in the game.
The only runs for the Sounds came in the bottom of the eighth on a two RBI single by Ike Davis.
Greenwood was given the win on the game, he moves to 5-1 on the season. Tyler Waldron came on to finish the seventh and pitch into the eighth. He pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits and the two runs. Dean Kiekhefer finished off the eighth in 1/3 inning of work giving up just one hit. Sam Tuivailala came in to pitch a perfect ninth to get his 10th save on the season.
Game 2 of the series against the Nashville Sounds will be on Tuesday night. John Gast (3-3, 4.23 ERA) will start for the Redbirds while Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.77 ERA) will oppose him for the Sounds.
First pitch is set for 7:05.