Metairie, LA – The Nashville Sounds found the win column for the first time in 2012 as the New Orleans Zephyrs were held to four hits in a 1-0 shutout in the finale of a four-game set on Easter Sunday at Zephyr Field.
After dropping the first three games of the series, the Sounds avoided a sweep and recorded the second shutout in the Pacific Coast League this season. Nashville posted five shutouts in 2011.It marked the first 1-0 game that the Sounds were involved in since Mike Fiers authored a complete-game, three-hit shutout of the Iowa Cubs on August 31st, 2011 at Principal Park.
Previous to that, it also marked the first time Nashville won a game while recording only one hit since June 16th, 2011 vs. the Round Rock Express, where Brett Carroll belted a solo homer in a 1-0 victory.
Leading off the fifth inning, Sounds first baseman Sean Halton singled for Nashville’s only hit in the contest. Third baseman Taylor Green then reached on a fielding error, followed by a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Edwin Maysonet to put both runners in scoring position. After New Orleans pitcher Tom Koehler intentionally walked Corey Patterson to load the bases, catcher Martin Maldonado hit a deep sacrifice fly to bring home Nashville’s only run.
In his Brewers organizational debut, starting pitcher Brian Baker (1-0) tossed five shutout innings of one-hit ball for the win. The right-hander walked two while striking out four on 73 pitches (45 strikes).
Relievers Dan Meadows, Amaury Rivas, and Victor Garate each worked scoreless innings before Mike McClendon shut the door in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Koehler (1-0) came away with the loss after surrendering the unearned run on one hit and three walks in six innings.
The Sounds wrap up their season-opening road trip with a four-game stop in Oklahoma City, beginning tomorrow. Right-hander Seth McClung will take the mound for the Sounds against the Oklahoma RedHawks right-hander Henry Sosa. Nashville edged the RedHawks (AAA-Astros) by a 9-7 margin in last season’s series, but lost six of eight in Oklahoma.
Nashville Sounds (1-3) 1, New Orleans Zephyrs (3-1) 0
April 8th, 2012
|New Orleans Zephyrs||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||2|
|Green, T, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Patterson, C, CF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.000|
|Baker, B, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a-Walked for Rivas in the 8th.|
RBI: Maldonado (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baker, B 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
CS: Farris (1, 2nd base by Koehler/Sammons).
PO: Farris (1st base by Koehler), Schafer (1st base by Koehler).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Schafer (Petersen at 2nd base).
DP: (Green, T-Halton).
|a-Walked for Koehler in the 6th. b-Struck out for Jennings in the 8th.|
TB: Dominguez; Petersen; Aguila 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sammons 2; Lasater.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Lasater (1, fielding), Koehler (1, fielding).
Pickoffs: Koehler 2 (Farris at 1st base, Schafer at 1st base).
|Baker, B (W, 1-0)||5.0||1||0||0||2||4||0||0.00|
|Meadows (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||2||1||0||0.00|
|Rivas (H, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Garate (H, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||21.60|
|McClendon (S, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Koehler (L, 0-1)||6.0||1||1||0||3||5||0||0.00|
IBB: Patterson, C (by Koehler).
Pitches-strikes: Baker, B 73-45, Meadows 31-17, Rivas 14-9, Garate 14-8, McClendon 9-9, Koehler 89-57, Jennings 29-20, Glover 14-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, B 5-4, Meadows 1-0, Rivas 2-1, Garate 0-1, McClendon 1-1, Koehler 8-3, Jennings 2-0, Glover 1-2.
Batters faced: Baker, B 17, Meadows 5, Rivas 4, Garate 3, McClendon 4, Koehler 21, Jennings 7, Glover 3.
Umpires: HP: Chris Segal. 1B: Tyler Funneman. 2B: D.J. Reyburn. 3B: Brett Robson.
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 5 mph, In from LF.