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Nashville Sounds lose heartbreaker in extra innings to New Orleans Zephyrs, 4-3

 

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Mike Fiers Dominant Again In No-Decision For Nashville

Nashville SoundsMetairie, LA – The Nashville Sounds suffered a 4-3, 12-inning loss against the New Orleans Zephyrs on Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.

With the loss, the first-place Sounds (62-54) fell to 1-4 in extra-inning games and saw their division lead reduced to 1 1/2 games.

Nashville, which failed to protect 1-0 and 3-1 advantages on the day, has held a lead in 20 of its 33 road losses this season.

Nashville Sounds Baseball

Nashville Sounds Baseball

In the decisive bottom of the twelfth, Sounds reliever Jose De La Torre, in his third inning of work for Nashville, faced a one-out, bases-loaded jam.

After Rob Brantly ripped a double into the right field corner, skipper Rick Sweet ordered the next two batters to be walked intentionally to fill the bags and create a force out at any base.

Mark Canha lifted a fly ball down the left field line, which was caught in foul territory by Logan Schafer. However, Schafer stumbled in the bullpen and his rushed throw was offline as Brantly raced home to score the game-winning run.

The Sounds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Shortstop Hector Gomez legged out a one-out triple to right off Z’s starter Alex Sanabia and scored on Matt Pagnozzi’s dribbler up the first base line.

New Orleans shortstop Juan Diaz knotted the contest at 1-1 in the home half of the fifth when he belted a solo homer to right off Mike Fiers that narrowly cleared the wall. The blast was the infielder’s 11th of the year and only the third longball surrendered by Nashville pitching in the past 124 innings.

Fiers, who took a no-decision, worked his 11th quality start in 17 trips to the hill for Nashville this season. The right-hander held the Z’s to one run on five hits while striking out seven batters and walking none in his six frames of action, lowering his ERA to 2.55 with the effort.

Nashville reclaimed the lead in the top of the eighth when Schafer, playing his first game with Nashville since being optioned from the Milwaukee Brewers, greeted Zephyrs reliever Chaz Roe with a leadoff triple to right that nearly left the ballpark. Later in the frame, Jason Rogers plated Schafer with a ground-rule double to right-center then scored himself when Matt Clark followed with an RBI single to right that gave the Sounds a 3-1 advantage.

Rogers (2-for-5), who plated the go-ahead run for Nashville, has been swinging a hot stick of late, batting .329 (27-for-82) over his last 21 games and driving in a run in 12 of his last 19 contests.

New Orleans threatened in the bottom of the eighth. After Brent Leach retired the first batter of the frame, Arcenio Leon was summoned from the bullpen and promptly walked the bases loaded to leave a jam for Alfredo Figaro.

Justin Bour made the Sounds pay as he greeted the right-hander with a two-run, game-tying single to center that made it a 3-3 contest. Figaro escaped further damage by striking out Kyle Jensen and Josh Rodriguez to leave the potential go-ahead run standing at third base.

The Sounds missed a great chance to reclaim the lead in the top of the eleventh after loading the bases with only one out against Arquimedes Caminero. However, the Zephyrs right-hander recovered to pop up Kevin Mattison then struck out Schafer to escape the jam.

The teams continue the series with a 7:00pm meeting on Monday evening. Right-hander Ariel Pena (8-6, 4.36), who has won four of his last five starts, will man the bump for the Sounds to face former major leaguer Brad Penny (1-2, 4.91).

Box Score

New Orleans Zephyrs (57-59) 4, Nashville Sounds (62-54) 3
August 3, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 8 0



Two out when winning run scored.




 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, L, CF-LF 6 1 1 0 0 1 5 .230
Velez, 2B 6 0 2 0 0 0 2 .316
Rogers, J, 3B 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 .288
De La Torre, J, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Clark, M, 1B 5 0 2 1 1 2 1 .258
Halton, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .287
Leon, Ar, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Figaro, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Orr, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292
Gindl, RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .237
Gomez, H, SS 4 1 1 0 1 2 0 .263
Pagnozzi, C 4 0 1 1 1 1 0 .222
Fiers, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .059
a-Hermida, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .266
Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Mattison, CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .219
Totals 45 3 10 3 3 13 19 .259
a-Struck out for Fiers in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Clark, M (4, Sanabia), Rogers, J (6, Roe), Gindl (18, Caminero).
3B: Gomez, H (4, Sanabia), Schafer, L (3, Roe).
TB: Velez 2; Clark, M 3; Pagnozzi; Gomez, H 3; Schafer, L 3; Rogers, J 3; Gindl 2.
RBI: Pagnozzi (24), Rogers, J (19), Clark, M (14).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halton 2; Velez; Schafer, L 2.
SAC: Fiers.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 10.FIELDING
PB: Pagnozzi (7).

 

 

New Orleans AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Wates, CF 4 1 1 0 2 0 1 .300
Lucas, 2B 4 1 1 0 2 1 0 .237
Canha, LF 4 0 1 1 1 2 2 .317
Bour, 1B 5 0 1 2 0 1 3 .309
Jensen, RF 5 0 0 0 0 3 4 .266
Rodriguez, J, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 .266
Diaz, SS 5 1 2 1 0 1 0 .273
Varner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Skipworth, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .207
Roe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Cox, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286
Caminero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Black, Da, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .223
Sanabia, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .136
Brantly, C 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .267
Totals 42 4 8 4 5 13 13 .262
a-Struck out for Roe in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Diaz (18, Fiers), Brantly (14, De La Torre, J).
HR: Diaz (11, 5th inning off Fiers, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Canha; Lucas; Bour; Brantly 3; Diaz 6; Wates.
RBI: Diaz (56), Bour 2 (55), Canha (66).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bour; Skipworth; Jensen; Rodriguez, J.
SF: Canha.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Jensen (Velez at 2nd base).

 

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Fiers 6.0 5 1 1 0 7 1 2.55
Leach 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.44
Leon, Ar 0.0 0 2 2 3 0 0 4.97
Figaro (BS, 1) 1.2 2 0 0 0 4 0 3.95
De La Torre, J (L, 2-2) 2.2 1 1 1 2 2 0 2.60
Totals 11.2 8 4 4 5 13 1 3.56

 

New Orleans IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sanabia 7.0 5 1 1 1 6 0 4.57
Roe 2.0 3 2 2 0 4 0 3.51
Caminero 2.0 2 0 0 2 2 0 5.63
Varner (W, 4-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.64
Totals 12.0 10 3 3 3 13 0 4.35


Leon, Ar pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

 

 

 

WP: Fiers, Leon, Ar, De La Torre, J.
IBB: Gomez, H (by Caminero), Wates (by De La Torre, J), Lucas (by De La Torre, J).
Pitches-strikes: Fiers 101-63, Leach 11-7, Leon, Ar 15-3, Figaro 42-26, De La Torre, J 36-20, Sanabia 97-65, Roe 33-23, Caminero 41-28, Varner 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Fiers 5-6, Leach 2-0, Leon, Ar 0-0, Figaro 1-0, De La Torre, J 4-1, Sanabia 7-4, Roe 1-1, Caminero 1-2, Varner 1-0.
Batters faced: Fiers 23, Leach 4, Leon, Ar 3, Figaro 7, De La Torre, J 11, Sanabia 27, Roe 9, Caminero 10, Varner 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Figaro 3-2.
Umpires: HP: Alberto Ruiz. 1B: Greg Stanzak. 3B: Ryan Blakney.
Weather: 89 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, L to R.
T: 4:03.
Att: 3,003.
Venue: Zephyr Field.
August 3, 2014


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