Sounds smash 'Birds, 14-5

The Redbirds woes continued Sunday night as the Nashville Sounds pounded Memphis 14-5 to complete a sweep of the four game series.

The Sounds used the big inning, a really big inning, to blow the game wide open. They sent 14 men to the plate to score nine runs on nine hits in the fifth inning. The victim of the onslaught was Ian Ostlund who had just entered the game with the 'Birds trailing 3-0.

The big blow of the inning was Cole Gillespie's grand slam homer which made it 9-0. Nashville added three more runs in the inning off Ostlund when Angel Salome doubled home three runs. Salome had two doubles and 4 RBI in the inning.

Alcides Escobar and Jason Bourgeois also had two hits in the inning. Nashville had just one hit over the first four innings.

Ostlund was charged with nine runs on nine hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Kat Maekawa (1-2) got the spot start for Memphis and allowed three unearned runs over four innings.

Not to be overlooked was the strong performance turned in by Nashville right-hander Mike Burns (7-2). Making his first start since being sent down by Milwaukee, Burns blanked the 'Birds on three hits in seven innings of work. He did not issue any walks and struck out four.

Memphis avoided the shutout by hitting a pair of home runs in the eighth inning off Sam Narron. Casey Rowlett hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer, his first of the year. Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a two-run shot later in the inning, his team-leading eighth of the season.

Rowlett stayed in the game and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

The loss was the Redbirds' sixth straight and dropped them 7.5 games behind Nashville. The Sounds have won seven games in a row.

Notes: Joe Mather was placed on the DL prior to the game and Brian Barden, optioned down from St. Louis three days ago, was added to the roster.

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