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Nashville Sweeps Z’s in Doubleheader; Fiers with Complete-Game Shutout

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds picked up a pair of victories in Wednesday’s doubleheader against the New Orleans Zephyrs, winning the first seven-inning contest, 1-0, on Mike Fiers’ complete-game shutout, and the nightcap 3-2.

The two victories move Nashville (14-12) into a first-place tie with Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League’s American Southern Division. The night also marks Nashville’s first doubleheader sweep since July 14th, 2011 against Albuquerque.

Nashville Sounds.

Nashville Sounds.

In the opener, Sounds right-hander Mike Fiers (5-0) continued his outstanding start to the year, winning his fifth straight outing by tossing a seven-inning, two-hit shutout against New Orleans in Nashville’s 1-0 victory.

Fiers, the PCL strikeouts leader, upped his circuit-leading total to 47 with 11 K’s on the evening while lowering his ERA to 0.80 on the year (3er/33.2ip). He has hurled quality starts in each of his five victories this season.

Fiers became the first Nashville hurler to post three consecutive double-digit strikeout totals since the club joined the PCL in 1998.

The Sounds scored the contest’s only run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sean Halton doubled with one out against Zephyrs lefty Brian Flynn (2-2) and scored two batters later on catcher Robinzon Diaz’s two-out RBI single to center.

A pair of hot Nashville hitters continued to handle smoldering lumber in the opener: Irving Falu and Caleb Gindl each recorded two-hit efforts. Falu has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 contests at a .350 clip (14-for-40), while Gindl — who is hitting .372 over his last 11 tilts (16-for-43) — upped his longest hit streak of the year to seven games, with hits in both contests.

In the nightcap, Nashville got off to an early lead with singles from Gindl, Hunter Morris and Jeremy Hermida in the first inning. Hermida’s RBI-single got behind New Orleans right-fielder Jake Marisnick, who was charged with a fielding error that scored Morris on the play for a 2-0 lead.

Sounds spot starter Alfredo Figaro held the Zephyrs to two hits through four scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one walk. Brent Leach (1-0) picked up the win by pitching a scoreless fifth inning, twirling a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the inning.

The Sounds picked up one additional run in the home half of the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference. Pete Orr tapped a sacrifice bunt, which scored pinch-hitter Eugenio Velez, who doubled to the gap in right-center to reach base.

Rehabbing Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer went 1-for-3 on the night, batting from the lead-off spot. He picked up his lone hit by legging out an infield single in the fifth.

The Zephyrs broke Nashville’s streak of 17 consecutive scoreless innings pitched in the game’s final inning, plating two runs off reliever Donovan Hand. He held on to pick up his 5th save of the season with two innings of work from the hill. Former Sounds pitcher Jesus Sanchez (0-3) took the loss for New Orleans.

The Sounds wrap the four-game series with a 7:05pm finale on Thursday evening. Left-hander Brad Mills (2-0, 2.95) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face New Orleans right-hander Bryan Evans (3-1, 5.13). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 The Game.

Box Score – Game 1

Nashville Sounds (14-12) 3, New Orleans Zephyrs (12-15) 2
April 30th, 2014

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

 

New Orleans AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Marisnick, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .182
Bogusevic, LF 4 0 1 1 0 2 4 .270
Rodriguez, J, SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .311
Caminero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Cox, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .132
Spence, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Bour, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .326
Jensen, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .213
Brantly, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .284
Canha, 3B 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .229
Angle, CF 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 .148
Harbin, 2B 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 .146
Sanchez, Je, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Diaz, SS 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 .273
Totals 26 2 7 2 4 4 13 .234
a-Grounded out for Caminero in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Spence in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Rodriguez, J (5, Figaro), Bogusevic (5, Hand, D).
HR: Harbin (1, 7th inning off Hand, D, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jensen; Angle; Diaz 2; Bogusevic 2; Rodriguez, J 2; Harbin 4.
RBI: Harbin (4), Bogusevic (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jensen 2; Bogusevic 3; Angle.
SAC: Sanchez, Je.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
CS: Angle (1, 2nd base by Figaro/May).FIELDING
E: Marisnick (2, fielding).

 


 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333
Orr, 2B 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .339
Gindl, LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .278
Morris, H, 1B 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .281
Hermida, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 .286
Gomez, H, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .178
Green, T, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .271
May, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Figaro, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Velez, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .405
Hand, D, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 24 3 6 2 0 6 8 .255
a-Doubled for Leach in the 5th.
BATTING
2B: Green, T (1, Sanchez, Je), Velez (6, Caminero).
TB: Velez 2; Hermida; Schafer, L; Morris, H; Gindl; Green, T 2.
RBI: Hermida (9), Orr (8).
2-out RBI: Hermida.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomez, H; Schafer, L; Morris, H.
SAC: Orr.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.

 

 

New Orleans IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sanchez, Je (L, 0-3) 3.0 4 2 1 0 3 0 7.71
Caminero 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 2.25
Spence 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.17
Totals 6.0 6 3 2 0 6 0 4.15

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Figaro 4.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 3.21
Leach (W, 1-0) 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4.70
Hand, D (S, 5) 2.0 4 2 2 1 0 1 3.68
Totals 7.0 7 2 2 4 4 1 3.69

 

Pitches-strikes: Sanchez, Je 52-34, Caminero 32-25, Spence 14-11, Figaro 56-34, Leach 30-16, Hand, D 35-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sanchez, Je 2-0, Caminero 4-1, Spence 2-0, Figaro 3-3, Leach 1-1, Hand, D 3-2.
Batters faced: Sanchez, Je 13, Caminero 9, Spence 3, Figaro 14, Leach 6, Hand, D 11.
Umpires: HP: Ryan Goodman. 1B: Nick Bailey. 3B: Jeff Morrow.
Weather: 63 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, R to L.
T: 2:09.
Att: 1,704.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
April 30, 2014

Box Score – Game 2

Nashville Sounds (13-12) 1, New Orleans Zephyrs (12-14) 0
April 30th, 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 1 8 2



 

New Orleans AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Marisnick, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .188
Angle, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .136
Rodriguez, J, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .307
Bour, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .330
Jensen, RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .211
Skipworth, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .163
Diaz, SS 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .253
Cox, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .135
Flynn, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Totals 24 0 2 0 0 11 3 .233
BATTING
2B: Rodriguez, J (4, Fiers), Diaz (5, Fiers).
TB: Diaz 2; Rodriguez, J 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bour; Cox; Rodriguez, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Diaz-Rodriguez, J-Bour, Rodriguez, J-Diaz-Bour).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Falu, 3B 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .268
Velez, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .397
Gindl, CF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .276
Halton, RF 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 .233
Morris, H, 1B 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .279
Diaz, R, C 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 .217
Gomez, H, SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .186
Statia, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222
Fiers, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 23 1 8 1 1 3 11 .256
BATTING
2B: Halton (3, Flynn).
TB: Diaz, R; Gomez, H; Halton 2; Falu 2; Morris, H; Gindl 2.
RBI: Diaz, R (5).
2-out RBI: Diaz, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz, R.
GIDP: Diaz, R, Velez.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
CS: Falu (4, 2nd base by Flynn/Skipworth).FIELDING
E: Morris, H (4, fielding), Fiers (1, pickoff).

 

 

New Orleans IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Flynn (L, 2-2) 6.0 8 1 1 1 3 0 3.67
Totals 6.0 8 1 1 1 3 0 4.18

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Fiers (W, 5-0) 7.0 2 0 0 0 11 0 0.80
Totals 7.0 2 0 0 0 11 0 3.73


Pitches-strikes: Flynn 88-59, Fiers 93-63.
Groundouts-flyouts: Flynn 9-1, Fiers 3-3.
Batters faced: Flynn 24, Fiers 24.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Morrow. 1B: Ryan Goodman. 3B: Nick Bailey.
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, L to R.
T: 1:38.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
April 30, 2014


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