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Nashville’s Jeremy Hermida Goes 3-for-4; Sounds Now Half-Game Out of First

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds (42-40) continued their offensive hot streak to their third-straight victory, a 6-4 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Sunday night at Greer Stadium. The win clinched another home series victory for Nashville, which is now 6-1-3 in home series during the 2014 series.

The Sounds were paced by outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who went 3-for-4 including a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth that proved to be the game-winning hit. Hermida finished the four-game series against New Orleans going 5-for-11 with a home run and 3 RBIs.

Nashville Sounds.

Nashville Sounds.

Hunter Morris got the back-and-forth affair started in the bottom of the first by blasting a two-run homer to right field. The Sounds are now 23-1 at home when scoring first this season, and Morris is now hitting .344 (11-for-32) in his last eight games.

New Orleans answered with a run in the top of the second on a Kyle Jensen double, and then tied the game in the top of the third when pitcher Brad Hand hit a home run.

Nashville briefly took the lead again on a Sean Halton single in the bottom of the fourth, but the advantage wouldn’t last long as Zephyrs reliever Jesus Sanchez knocked in two runs on an infield single in the top of the fourth. Nashville later tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a Hector Gomez triple.

The Nashville bullpen again shined behind starter Michael Blazek, as Kyle Heckathorn, Brent Leach, Dustin Molleken and Jeremy Jeffress combined to allow just one earned run in 5.1 innings of work. Leach picked up the win after pitching 1.1 clean innings while striking out three. Jeffress earned his first save of the season after retiring the Zephyrs in the ninth.

The Sounds moved into second place after the victory are now just a half game back of the Zephyrs for first place in the division.

The Sounds will now open a four-game series with the Memphis Redbirds at Greer on Monday at 7:05pm. RHP Mike Fiers (6-3, 2.53 ERA) will make his return in a Nashville uniform against Zach Petrick (4-3, 4.48 ERA). Jeff Hem will have the call on 102.5 The Game.

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (43-41) 6, New Orleans Zephyrs (43-40) 4
June 29, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
Nashville Sounds 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 x 6 10 0

 


 

New Orleans AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Angle, CF 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .209
Valdespin, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264
Canha, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .302
Bour, 1B 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .326
Jensen, RF 4 0 2 0 0 2 2 .275
Cox, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 2 5 .278
Diaz, SS 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .282
Roe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Skipworth, C 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .197
Hand, B, P 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .667
Sanchez, Je, P 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .500
a-Rodriguez, J, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .271
Dayton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Black, Da, SS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .286
Totals 33 4 7 4 4 12 13 .263
a-Struck out for Sanchez, Je in the 6th.
BATTING
2B: Jensen (18, Blazek), Canha (18, Heckathorn).
HR: Hand, B (1, 3rd inning off Blazek, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jensen 3; Hand, B 4; Sanchez, Je; Canha 2; Black, Da; Diaz.
RBI: Diaz (41), Hand, B (1), Sanchez, Je 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Sanchez, Je 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Skipworth; Angle; Cox.
GIDP: Angle.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
DP: (Black, Da-Bour).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Velez, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .309
Molleken, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Gindl, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .267
Jeffress, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Schafer, L, CF-LF 3 2 1 0 1 1 1 .196
Rogers, J, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 .273
Morris, H, 1B 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 .274
Mattison, CF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .196
Halton, LF-1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .278
Zarraga, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .250
Hermida, RF 4 1 3 2 0 0 2 .266
Gomez, H, SS 3 0 2 1 0 1 1 .245
Blazek, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Heckathorn, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Orr, PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .297
Totals 31 6 10 6 2 7 16 .259
a-Struck out for Leach in the 6th. b-Grounded into a double play for Molleken in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Schafer, L (3, Hand, B), Hermida (11, Sanchez, Je).
3B: Gomez, H (3, Sanchez, Je).
HR: Morris, H (10, 1st inning off Hand, B, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Hermida 4; Zarraga; Gomez, H 4; Schafer, L 2; Halton 2; Morris, H 4.
RBI: Rogers, J (5), Morris, H (37), Halton (30), Gomez, H (26), Hermida 2 (37).
2-out RBI: Morris, H; Halton; Hermida 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Velez 2; Schafer, L; Gomez, H; Hermida.
SAC: Blazek.
SF: Rogers, J.
GIDP: Gindl.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer, L (2, 3rd base off Hand, B/Skipworth).FIELDING
DP: (Gomez, H-Halton).

 

 

New Orleans IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hand, B 2.2 4 3 3 1 2 1 3.27
Sanchez, Je (L, 0-5) 2.1 5 3 3 0 2 0 7.47
Dayton 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 3.63
Roe 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.12
Totals 8.0 10 6 6 2 7 1 4.21

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blazek 3.2 2 3 3 2 4 1 4.96
Heckathorn 1.0 3 1 1 2 2 0 6.50
Leach (W, 3-1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.68
Molleken (H, 7) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.67
Jeffress (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.89
Totals 9.0 7 4 4 4 12 1 3.61

 

 


HBP: Morris, H (by Sanchez, Je), Gomez, H (by Roe).
Pitches-strikes: Hand, B 58-34, Sanchez, Je 47-28, Dayton 35-22, Roe 3-2, Blazek 53-33, Heckathorn 40-23, Leach 17-12, Molleken 34-23, Jeffress 8-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hand, B 2-3, Sanchez, Je 1-2, Dayton 0-1, Roe 1-1, Blazek 6-1, Heckathorn 1-0, Leach 0-1, Molleken 2-2, Jeffress 1-0.
Batters faced: Hand, B 13, Sanchez, Je 13, Dayton 8, Roe 3, Blazek 15, Heckathorn 8, Leach 4, Molleken 7, Jeffress 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Sanchez, Je 1-1, Heckathorn 1-1, Leach 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Thomas Newsom. 1B: Tom Woodring. 2B: Brian Hertzog. 3B: Shaun Lampe.
Weather: 81 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, R to L.
T: 3:07.
Att: 5,211.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
June 29, 2014


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