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Nashville Sounds lose 8-5 to New Orleans Zephyrs Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Despite twice rallying to tie the game Sunday at Greer Stadium, the Nashville Sounds were unable to keep up with the New Orleans Zephyrs, who defeated the home team by the score of 8-5. The Nashville loss gives New Orleans the series win with still one game to go.

Knotted up at four runs apiece in the seventh inning, the Zephyrs worked a run off reliever Johnnie Lowe (0-1), who was in to pitch his fourth inning and final inning, as Kyle Skipworth connected for a two-out, RBI-double that gave New Orleans a lead they never relinquished.

Nashville Sounds' Sean Halton home run scores three on Sunday. (Mike Strasinger - sportsnashville.net)

Nashville Sounds’ Sean Halton home run scores three on Sunday. (Mike Strasinger – sportsnashville.net)

Lowe was charged with the loss, despite limiting the Z’s to one run on three hits across four innings. Travis Webb entered in the eighth to face three batters, who he allowed to reach base via two hits and one walk.

Rob Wooten came in with the bases loaded and allowed all three inherited runners to score. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a ground out to score Kevin Mattison; then with two outs, a fourth-ball wild pitch plated Donovan Solano. After fielding the pitch that caromed up the backstop netting, catcher Blake Lalli through errantly to Wooten, who was covering home, to give the Zephyrs their final run of the game.

Nashville Sounds - Sean HaltonThe Z’s started out with three runs in the first inning off starter R.J. Seidel, but the Sounds quickly responded as outfielder Sean Halton continued his impressive hitting display by cranking a home run off the guitar scoreboard in left field.

The homer scored three runs to tie the game and extended Halton’s hit streak to 12 games, which ties a career-best from the slugger. He finished the day a triple shy of the cycle.

The Zephyrs retook the lead in the fourth inning as Mattison opened the frame with a triple to right field before scoring on Solano’s single. The RBI-knock ended Seidel’s afternoon, finishing with four runs on four hits over three innings of work. The right-handed pitcher fanned two and walked a career-high seven batters.

Nashville Sounds - Stephen ParkerSeidel loaded the bases before recording an out to begin his troublesome first inning, and let in the first run by beaning Kouzmanoff. A fielder’s choice ground out scored the Z’s second run, which was followed by Gil Velazquez’s RBI-single to make it 3-0.

The Sounds leveled the game for a second time in the home half of the sixth inning, using Khris Davis and Stephen Parker singles to move around Hunter Morris, who reached base on balls.

Only pitching 2/3 innings, New Orleans’ James Leverton (1-1) picked up the win for New Orleans, while Jonathan Albaladejo recorded his third save.

The Sounds will wrap their homestand Monday night at Greer Stadium looking to avoid the series sweep to the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA-Marlins). LHP Zach Kroenke (3-8, 4.53) gets the nod for Nashville opposite the Z’s LHP Brad Hand (2-3, 3.19). Fans attending can enjoy $1.00 hot dots as a part of Dollar Dog Night.

Box Score

New Orleans Zephyrs (36-35) 8, Nashville Sounds (23-45) 5
June 16th, 2013

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 8 9 0
Nashville Sounds 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 9 1

 

New Orleans Zephyrs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Kevin Mattison CF 5 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .253
Donovan Solano 2B 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .391
Bryan Petersen RF 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 .284
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .293
Joe Mahoney 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .188
Gil Velazquez SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 .271
Gorkys Hernandez LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .270
Kyle Skipworth C 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 .153
Doug Mathis P 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
James Leverton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
a- Jake Smolinski PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .287
Jordan Smith P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b- Matt Downs PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209
Jonathan Albaladejo P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 8 9 3 1 0 6 11 5 .252

 

a-Flied out for Leverton in the 7th. b-Popped out for Smith, J in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Solano, D (1, Seidel), Mathis (1, Lowe), Skipworth (5, Lowe).
3B: Mattison (5, Seidel).
TB: Solano, D 4; Velazquez, G; Skipworth 2; Mahoney; Mattison 4; Mathis 2.
RBI: Kouzmanoff 2 (20), Mahoney (1), Velazquez, G (8), Solano, D (7), Skipworth (9).
2-out RBI: Skipworth.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Skipworth 2; Kouzmanoff; Velazquez, G; Mattison; Smolinski; Hernandez, Go.
GIDP: Mathis, Kouzmanoff.
Team RISP: 4-for-17.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
SB: Hernandez, Go (18, 2nd base off Seidel/Lalli), Mahoney (1, 2nd base off Seidel/Lalli), Velazquez, G (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Lalli).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Mattison (Davis, K at 2nd base).
DP: (Solano, D-Velazquez, G-Mahoney).
Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Hainley Statia 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .248
Josh Prince SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .251
Blake Lalli C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .268
Sean Halton RF 4 2 3 1 0 1 3 0 1 .292
Hunter Morris 1B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .240
Khris Davis LF 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .227
Stephen Parker 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .226
Cole Garner CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .178
R.J. Seidel P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Johnnie Lowe P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
a- Blake Davis PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Travis Webb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rob Wooten P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b- Anderson De La Rosa PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .291
Totals 32 5 9 1 0 1 5 5 7 .249

 

a-Flied out for Lowe in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Wooten in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Halton (16, Smith, J).
HR: Halton (8, 1st inning off Mathis, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Lalli; Halton 7; Parker, S; Davis, K 2; Statia 2.
RBI: Halton 3 (29), Parker, S (19), Davis, K (19).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morris, H; Lalli.
SF: Davis, K.
GIDP: Parker, S.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
CS: Statia (2, 2nd base by Smith, J/Skipworth).FIELDING
E: Lalli (3, throw).
DP: 2 (Statia-Prince-Morris, H, Prince-Statia-Morris, H).

 

New Orleans Zephyrs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doug Mathis 5.1 5 4 4 4 6 1 3.90
James Leverton (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.65
Jordan Smith (H, 3) 2.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 4.50
Jonathan Albaladejo (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.08
Totals 9.0 9 5 5 5 7 1 3.86

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
R.J. Seidel 3.0 4 4 4 7 2 0 5.45
Johnnie Lowe (L, 0-1) 4.0 3 1 1 2 2 0 3.72
Travis Webb 0.0 2 3 2 1 0 0 5.86
Rob Wooten 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.55
Totals 9.0 9 8 7 11 5 0 4.51

 

Seidel pitched to 2 batters in the 4th.
Webb pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.WP: Wooten.
Balk: Mathis.
HBP: Kouzmanoff (by Seidel).
Pitches-strikes: Mathis 97-55, Leverton 5-4, Smith, J 20-15, Albaladejo 16-10, Seidel 90-44, Lowe 63-39, Webb 12-6, Wooten 21-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Mathis 5-1, Leverton 0-0, Smith, J 3-2, Albaladejo 2-1, Seidel 6-0, Lowe 6-3, Webb 0-0, Wooten 3-1.
Batters faced: Mathis 24, Leverton 2, Smith, J 8, Albaladejo 4, Seidel 20, Lowe 16, Webb 3, Wooten 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Leverton 2-1, Lowe 1-0, Wooten 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Kellen Levy. 1B: Shaun Lampe. 3B: Stu Scheurwater.
Weather: 88 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 3:14.
Att: 3,406.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
June 16, 2013

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