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Metairie, LA – The Nashville Sounds suffered a 9-5 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs on Friday evening at Zephyr Field, evening the series at one game apiece.
New Orleans got off to a quick start against Sounds starter Aaron Laffey, sending nine men to the plate during a three-run first inning. Jake Smolinski belted a two-run homer during the frame, his seventh roundtripper of the year.The Sounds responded with a four-spot in the top of the second inning to take a short-lived 4-3 lead. Three of the four runs against Doug Mathis were unearned following a Kevin Kouzmanoff throwing error.
Kentrail Davis (2-for-5) ripped an RBI single during the inning to extend his hitting streak to six games with Nashville; the outfielder has hit safely in each of his games with the club since a promotion from Double-A Huntsville.
The Zephyrs leveled the contest at 4-4 in the bottom of the second when Gorkys Hernandez led off with a triple and scored on a sac fly before pulling ahead in the fourth with a pair of unearned runs off Laffey resulting from a pair of Sounds errors in the frame.
New Orleans extended its lead to 7-4 in the fifth on Nick Green’s solo homer, the infielder’s fifth big fly of the campaign.
The Sounds got a run back in the seventh against reliever James Leverton when Blake Davis scored on a two-out Robinzon Diaz single, but New Orleans once again answered a Nashville rally with one of its own in the bottom of the frame, plating two runs against Jesus Sanchez on Hernandez’s two-out single to right.
Mathis (5-7) picked up the victory with a quality start for the Zephyrs, allowing one earned run (four runs total) on four hits while striking out seven during his six innings of work. Laffey (4-4) drew the loss for Nashville after giving up six runs (four earned) in his four frames of action.
The teams continue the series with a 6:00 p.m. meeting on Saturday night. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg (7-4, 2.82) will make the start for Nashville and face New Orleans left-hander Duane Below (5-3, 2.39).
New Orleans Zephyrs (50-50) 9, Nashville Sounds (34-66) 5
July 19th, 2013
a-Walked for Lowe in the 7th.
TB: Prince; Diaz, R; Davis, B; Davis, Kh; Davis, Ke 2.
RBI: Davis, B (23), Gennett (21), Davis, Ke (2), Diaz, R (6).
2-out RBI: Davis, Ke; Diaz, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morris, H.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
CS: Davis, Ke (1, 2nd base by Mathis/Hill, K).FIELDING
E: Diaz, R (1, fielding), Prince (7, throw), Davis, B (15, throw).
a-Struck out for Albaladejo in the 7th.
3B: Hernandez, Go (4, Laffey).
HR: Smolinski (7, 1st inning off Laffey, 1 on, 1 out), Green, N (5, 5th inning off Lowe, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jensen 2; Valaika; Kouzmanoff; Smolinski 5; Mahoney 2; Green, N 6; Hernandez, Go 4.
RBI: Smolinski 2 (23), Green, N 2 (18), Valaika (1), Kouzmanoff (21), Hernandez, Go 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Green, N; Hernandez, Go 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mathis 2; Kouzmanoff; Valaika.
SF: Valaika; Kouzmanoff.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
E: Kouzmanoff (2, throw).
HBP: Hernandez, Go (by Laffey).
TopicsAaron Laffey, Blake Davis, Doug Mathis, Duane Below, Gorkys Hernandez, Jake Smolinski, James Leverton, Jesus Sanchez, Johnny Hellweg, Kentrail Davis, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Metairie LA, Nashville Sounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, Nick Green, Pacific Coast League, PCL, Robinzon Diaz, Sounds, Zephyr Field
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