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Metairie, LA – The Nashville Sound lost to the New Orleans Zephyrs, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Zephyrs Field in the opener of a four game set. With the loss, Nashville (6-7) has now dropped five of its last six games.
The Zephyrs took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Zephyrs recorded three straight two-out singles, highlighted by a Josh Kroeger base hit to left field and Brandon Boggs fielding error that allowed all three runs to score.Nashville got their first run in the top of the fourth inning. Eric Farris hit a single to left field, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Joe Thurston error after attempting to steal third base.
New Orleans got a run back in the next frame for a 4-1 lead. Former Sound Vinny Rottino led off the frame with a base hit that chased Sounds starter Josh Butler from the contest. Next batter Chris Aguila then doubled off reliever Tim Dillard to score Rottino. The Zephyrs tacked on their final two runs on the night for 6-1 contest in the next inning thanks to a Joe Thurston RBI single and RBI groundout from Rottino.
The Sounds got two runs back in the next frame to reduce the Zephrys’ lead to 6-3. Dillard led off with a single to center field in his first at-bat of the year, and later came home on a two-out RBI single from Mat Gamel. After Reed was hit by a pitch, Boggs doubled to center to score Gamel for the club’s other run. The rally ended as Jeremy Reed was thrown out at home plate on the play.
The Sounds scored their final runs in the top of the eighth inning. After reliever Frank Mata walked Taylor Green, Farris belted a two-run home run over the wall in left field for his second long ball of the season. New Orleans then replaced Mata with reliever Victor Garate, who gave up a single to Gamel before inducing an inning-ending double play to end the rally.
Jose Ceda picked up his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning after working around a leadoff walk by Boggs.
In his first rehab appearance for the Brewers, Corey Hart went 0-for-2 with a groundout and strikeout before being replaced by Reed in the fifth inning.
Trahern (1-0) picked up the win after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings pitched.
Butler (1-1) took the loss, surrendering four runs (two earned) on six hits in three plus innings pitched. Dillard followed and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in four innings pitched. Justin James added a scoreless inning.
The Sounds and Zephyrs will continue their four-game series with tomorrow’s 11:05am CT matinee at Zephyrs Field. Right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (0-0, 2.61) takes the mound for Nashville against New Orleans right-hander Tom Koehler (1-0, 0.75).
New Orleans Zephyrs (7-6) 6, Nashville Sounds (6-7) 5
April 19th, 2011
Butler pitched to 1 batter in the 4th.
IBB: Kroeger (by Dillard).
HBP: Reed (by Trahern).
Pitches-strikes: Butler 44-30, Dillard 54-34, James 23-15, Trahern 78-46, Mata 18-9, Garate 5-4, Ceda 19-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Butler 4-1, Dillard 5-0, James 1-1, Trahern 8-3, Mata 3-1, Garate 1-0, Ceda 0-1.
Batters faced: Butler 15, Dillard 17, James 4, Trahern 23, Mata 6, Garate 2, Ceda 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Dillard 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Brett Robson. 1B: Jason Millsap. 2B: . 3B: Shaun Francis.
Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to CF.
TopicsBrandon Boggs, Chris Aguila, Corey Hart, Eric Farris, Frank Mata, Frankie De La Cruz, Jeremy Reed, Joe Thurston, Jose Ceda, Josh Butler, Josh Kroeger, Justin James, Mat Gamel, Metairie LA, Nashville Sounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, Taylor Green, Tim Dillard, Tom Koehler, Victor Garate, Vinny Rottino, Zephyrs Field
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