Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds swept the New Orleans Zephyrs with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday evening at Greer Stadium in the finale of a four-game set. The win was Nashville’s fifth straight, which matches the club’s longest of the season from June 2nd-6th.
The sweep was Nashville’s first of the season and last since the Sounds swept New Orleans from April 24th-27th, 2010 at Zephyr Field.
The victory gave the Sounds a 12-4 season series win over the Zephyrs, which is also the best mark against an opponent since Nashville went 12-4 against the Round Rock Express (AAA-Astros) in 2007.Nashville has now played a PCL-high 37 one-run games this season, going 16-21 in those contests.
Tossing a season-high 6 2/3 innings for his second consecutive start, Sounds starter Josh Butler surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits while fanning seven. The quality start was Butler’s third of the season and Nashville’s fifth straight.
The Sounds scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning. First baseman Erick Almonte led off with a ground rule double in over the wall in right-center. Almonte moved to third on a groundout and scored as Taylor Green singled to right field.
New Orleans tied the contest at 1-1 in the next frame. Former Sound Vinny Rottino reached on an infield single and moved to second on a Zelous Wheeler fielding error. After moving to third on a groundout, Rottino scored on a softly hit fly ball to left field.
The Zephyrs briefly moved ahead, 2-1, in the top of the seventh inning. After a Brad Davis walk, Rottino hit a two-out RBI double off the wall in right-center, removing Butler from the contest.
Nashville came right back and scored their final two runs to go back ahead at 3-2. Reliever Victor Garate came into the contest recorded the first two outs before giving up a single to pinch hitter Brett Carroll. Garate then walked Brandon Boggs and hit Jordan Brown to juice the bases. Next batter Eric Farris then hit a perfectly-placed fly ball just inches inside the foul line between the first baseman, second baseman, and right fielder that allowed the hustling Boggs and Carroll to score.
Justin James (2-2) tossed 1/3 of an inning while stranding his only inherited runner for the victory. In a rehab appearance for the Brewers, Takashi Saito worked around a single in a scoreless frame. Saito struck out two and allowed a pop out on 15 pitches, 11 for strikes. Sean Green converted his sixth save in six chances with a perfect ninth.
Chris Sampson matched with a quality start, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. Garate took the loss after giving up two runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Following’s a league-wide off day tomorrow, the Sounds begin a short four-game road trip at the Round Rock Express (AAA-Rangers) beginning at 7:05pm CT on Thursday evening at the Dell Diamond. Left-hander Chase Wright (5-4, 5.22) takes the mound against righty Scott Feldman.
Nashville Sounds (37-42) 3, New Orleans Zephyrs (38-42) 2
June 28th, 2011
|Martinez, O, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.255|
|Davis, B, C||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.192|
|a-Struck out for Sampson in the 7th. b-Flied out for Parcell in the 9th.|
2B: Rottino (12, Butler, Js).
TB: Rottino 3; Petersen 2; Aguila 2.
RBI: Petersen (25), Rottino (31).
2-out RBI: Petersen; Rottino.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Aguila; Cervenak 2; Martinez, O.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Aguila (3, 2nd base off Saito/Rivera, Mi), Martinez, O (6, 2nd base off Butler, Js/Rivera, Mi).
|Brown, J, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Green, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Green, T, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.311|
|Rivera, Mi, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.255|
|Butler, Js, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.118|
|a-Singled for James in the 7th.|
2B: Almonte (4, Sampson), Rivera, Mi (7, Sampson), Green, T (19, Garate).
TB: Farris 2; Almonte 2; Green, T 3; Rivera, Mi 2; Carroll.
RBI: Green, T (39), Farris 2 (25).
2-out RBI: Farris 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Butler, Js 2; Almonte; Carroll.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
E: Wheeler (5, throw), Rivera, Mi (1, throw).
|Garate (BS, 3)(L, 2-2)||1.2||3||2||2||2||3||0||2.55|
|James (W, 2-2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.62|
|Saito (H, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Green, S (S, 6)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
IBB: Wheeler (by Sampson).
HBP: Brown, J (by Garate), Martinez, O (by Butler, Js).
Pitches-strikes: Sampson 79-52, Garate 40-22, Parcell 3-3, Butler, Js 106-64, James 7-5, Saito 15-11, Green, S 10-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sampson 8-3, Garate 0-2, Parcell 0-0, Butler, Js 6-6, James 0-0, Saito 0-0, Green, S 1-2.
Batters faced: Sampson 24, Garate 11, Parcell 1, Butler, Js 28, James 1, Saito 4, Green, S 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Parcell 2-0, James 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Darren Budahn. 1B: Chris Segal. 2B: . 3B: Mark Buchanan.
Weather: 80 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media