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Nashville’s Michael Blazek powers Sounds to 4-2 victory over New Orleans Zephyrs

 

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First-Place Sounds Take Series Opener Against Division-Rival Z’s

Nashville SoundsMetairie, LA – Pitcher Michael Blazek tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and accounted for three of Nashville’s four runs scored in the Sounds’ 4-2 victory over New Orleans on Saturday evening at Zephyr Field in the opener of a four-game series.

With the victory, the Sounds (62-53) maintained their two-game lead in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

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Blazek (2-4) pick up his second win of the year with his solid outing. The right-hander has been outstanding in his last four starts for the Sounds, posting a 0.92 ERA (2er/19.2ip) over that stretch.

Blazek helped his own cause in the top of the fifth inning when the hurler led off with a double to right-center and later scored the night’s first run on a wild pitch from Zephyrs starter Anthony DeSclafani (2-3) to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead.

Blazek (2-for-3) continued to get it done with the lumber in the sixth, upping the Nashville advantage to 3-0 with a two-out, two-run single to right off Z’s reliever Bryan Evans.

Sean Halton (2-for-4) got things started in the frame with a leadoff doubled off the center field wall. With two down, New Orleans elected to intentionally walk Kevin Mattison, who was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, to face Blazek, and the hurler made them pay for that decision with his two-run knock. On the play, Mattison hustled around the bases to score from first.

Nashville tacked on another run in the seventh against Casey McCarthy. Jason Rogers (2-for-4) smacked a one-out double into the left field corner then scored on a Halton bloop single to shallow left-center that dropped among three Zephyrs defenders to make it a 4-0 contest.

The Zephyrs broke up the shutout bid in the home half of the seventh with a pair of runs off Sounds reliever Dustin Molleken. The speedy Austin Wates led off with an infield single before scoring two batters later on Mark Canha’s run-scoring double into the right field corner. Justin Bour followed with a first-pitch RBI single to left that halved the Nashville lead to 4-2.

Brent Leach (1.1 IP) and Rob Wooten closed out the victory with scoreless relief outings for Nashville; Wooten nailed down his ninth save of the year.

Eugenio Velez, who entered the game in the seventh inning as part of a double switch, flew out in his lone plate appearance to snap his season-best hitting streak at eight games for the Sounds.

The teams continue the series with a 4:00pm contest on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Mike Fiers (8-5, 2.62) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face New Orleans right-hander Alex Sanabia (5-4, 4.80).

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (62-53) 4, New Orleans Zephyrs (56-59) 2
August 2, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 8 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 11 1

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Falu, SS 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 .286
Orr, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 3 1 .293
Rogers, J, 3B 4 1 2 0 1 0 1 .274
Clark, M, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 4 .250
Halton, LF-RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .291
Gindl, RF 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 .238
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Wooten, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Pagnozzi, C 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .221
Mattison, CF 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 .221
Blazek, P 3 1 2 2 0 1 2 .273
Molleken, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Velez, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .316
Totals 34 4 8 3 6 8 21 .260
BATTING
2B: Blazek (1, DeSclafani), Halton (23, Evans, B), Rogers, J (5, McCarthy).
TB: Pagnozzi; Rogers, J 3; Halton 3; Blazek 3; Orr.
RBI: Blazek 2 (2), Halton (51).
2-out RBI: Blazek 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blazek; Mattison; Clark, M.
GIDP: Gindl, Clark, M.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Gindl (2, 2nd base off DeSclafani/Brantly).

 


 

New Orleans AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Wates, CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 .301
Cox, 3B 4 0 1 0 1 1 1 .287
Canha, LF 5 1 3 1 0 1 2 .318
Bour, 1B 4 0 2 1 1 0 2 .311
Jensen, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 5 .270
Brantly, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .263
Lucas, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .235
Diaz, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .271
DeSclafani, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Evans, B, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
a-Rodriguez, J, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .269
McCarthy, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Silverio, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .156
Dayton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 37 2 11 2 3 8 19 .263
a-Struck out for Evans, B in the 6th. b-Grounded out for McCarthy in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Canha (26, Molleken).
TB: Canha 4; Lucas 2; Cox; Bour 2; Diaz; Wates 2.
RBI: Canha (65), Bour (53).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jensen 2; Rodriguez, J; Bour.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
CS: Wates (5, 2nd base by Blazek/Pagnozzi).FIELDING
E: Cox (9, fielding).
DP: 2 (Bour-Diaz-McCarthy, Cox-Lucas-Bour).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blazek (W, 2-4) 5.2 7 0 0 3 3 0 3.84
Molleken (H, 9) 1.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 4.87
Leach (H, 11) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.54
Wooten (S, 9) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.25
Totals 9.0 11 2 2 3 8 0 3.56

 

New Orleans IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
DeSclafani (L, 2-3) 5.0 3 1 1 4 5 0 3.09
Evans, B 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 4.38
McCarthy 2.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 4.50
Dayton 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.89
Totals 9.0 8 4 4 6 8 0 4.37

 

 


WP: DeSclafani 2, Evans, B.
IBB: Mattison (by Evans, B).
Pitches-strikes: Blazek 91-56, Molleken 22-19, Leach 16-12, Wooten 17-12, DeSclafani 94-59, Evans, B 16-8, McCarthy 33-23, Dayton 10-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blazek 6-6, Molleken 0-0, Leach 2-0, Wooten 3-0, DeSclafani 4-4, Evans, B 1-0, McCarthy 1-3, Dayton 2-0.
Batters faced: Blazek 26, Molleken 6, Leach 4, Wooten 4, DeSclafani 22, Evans, B 6, McCarthy 9, Dayton 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Molleken 2-0, Leach 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ryan Blakney. 1B: Alberto Ruiz. 3B: Greg Stanzak.
Weather: 87 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Varies.
T: 3:11.
Att: 4,768.
Venue: Zephyr Field.
August 2, 2014


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