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Katin Homers, Koshansky Extends Hit Streak To 18 For Nashville In Losing Effort
Metairie, LA – The Nashville Sounds wrapped up their 2010 slate on the short end of a 10-2 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs in a Labor Day finale on Monday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
With the defeat, Nashville (77-67) split the four-game series with New Orleans but finished the year with an 11-5 victory in the season series against the Z’s.
Brendan Katin (2-for-3) drove in both Sounds runs on the afternoon and finished the year with 76 RBIs, second-most on the club.
First baseman Joe Koshansky went 1-for-4 on the day for Nashville to close out the year with an 18-game hitting streak, tied for the 6th-longest streak by a Pacific Coast League player all season and the best effort by a Sounds batter since Vinny Rottino hit in 24 straight in 2008.
Katin got the scoring started as he continued his late-season surge at the plate with a two-out solo homer to left in the top of the first inning to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead.
The blast, which came against Zephyrs starter James Houser, was the slugger’s career-best 26th of the year. Katin set a new career high for roundtrippers this season despite being sidelined for seven weeks due to an early-season knee injury.
New Orleans rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the third against Sounds starter Chase Wright. Miguel Fermin led off with a single and scored the tying run on John Raynor’s one-out RBI single. Later in the frame, Brian Barden put the home team in front with a two-run double to center.
The Sounds missed a big opportunity to tie the game or better in the fourth, loading the bases with no outs and failing to score. After the first three batters of the frame singled off Houser, Eric Farris hit a fly ball to right and Katin was thrown out at the plate by Chris Aguila for a double play as he attempted to score. Houser then retired Adam Stern on an inning-ending groundout to escape the frame with no damage.
The Zephyrs put the game out of reach in the fifth, taking advantage of a suddenly-inaccurate Wright and an ineffective Chuck Löfgren to post a six-run frame in extending their lead to 9-1. New Orleans sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame.
Wright hit his mound counterpart with a pitch to open the frame, walked Raynor, and allowed a single to Richar to load the bases before issuing a free pass to Greg Burns to force home Houser.
Löfgren was summoned from the Sounds’ bullpen and inherited the no-out, bases-loaded jam. After Mike Lamb greeted the left-hander by lifting a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Raynor, Aguila ripped an RBI single to left for a 6-1 lead. Mark Saccomanno drew a walk to load the bases again before veteran infielder Gookie Dawkins unloaded the bags with one swing, launching a three-run double to center to make it a 9-1 game.
Aguila struck again for the Z’s in the seventh, swatting a one-out solo homer to left off Löfgren to extend the home team’s lead to 10-1. It was the veteran outfielder’s sixth longball of the year.
Katin wrapped up the day’s scoring when he drove in his second run of the afternoon with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly against Z’s reliever Matt Peterson. The Sounds left the bases loaded in the frame, as the right-hander escape further damage by inducing an inning-ending groundout from Johnny Raburn.
Houser (1-2) earned his first win of the year in the final game of the season for the Zephyrs after holding the Sounds to one run on five hits over his five innings of work.
Wright (8-9) closed out his season with a loss for Nashville after giving up seven runs on seven hits over four-plus innings. He walked two batters and struck out four in his 85-pitch outing.
Baseball returns to Greer Stadium in April 2011 when the Sounds begin their 34th season of competition. Season tickets are available now by calling 615-690-HITS or visiting the Greer Stadium box office.
Nashville Sounds (77-67) 2, New Orleans Zephyrs (66-77) 10
September 6th, 2010
Wright, C pitched to 4 batters in the 5th.
HBP: Houser, J (by Wright, C).
Pitches-strikes: Wright, C 85-52, Lofgren 43-28, Hand 8-6, Houser, J 63-45, Peterson, M 31-21, Tankersley 22-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, C 6-2, Lofgren 2-4, Hand 2-0, Houser, J 5-5, Peterson, M 2-5, Tankersley 0-2.
Batters faced: Wright, C 21, Lofgren 14, Hand 3, Houser, J 21, Peterson, M 13, Tankersley 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Lofgren 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Will Robinson. 1B: Mark Ripperger. 2B: . 3B: Nelson Graham.
Weather: 89 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAdam Stern, Brendan Katin, Brian Barden, Chase Wright, Chris Aguila, Chuck Lofgren, Eric Farris, Greer Stadium, James Houser, Joe Koshansky, Johnny Raburn, Labor day, Mike Lamb, Nashville Sounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, Vinny Rottino, Zephyr Field
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