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Nashville Sounds Commit Four Errors and Fall 6-4 to the New Orleans Zephyrs in Home Opener

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds committed four errors while being handed a 6-4 loss to the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs in front of 7,333 fans in the home opener at Greer Stadium on Friday night.

Nashville catcher Martin Maldonado went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, but also committed two of the club’s errors from behind the dish.

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds. (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

The four errors committed by the Sounds were the most since the club made four gasps in a 15-4 defeat on May 24th, 2011 at Tacoma.

The Zephyrs scored the first run of the game on the first two errors on the night by the Sounds. New Orleans second baseman Donovan Solano (3-for-4) singled and then advanced to third on an infield throwing error from starter Brian Baker.

During the ensuing at-bat with runners on the corners, Maldonado attempted to throw out Scott Cousins stealing second base, but threw the ball into center field to allow Solano to score.

Third baseman Matt Dominguez and catcher Luke Montz each belted solo homers in the second and fourth innings for a 3-0 lead.

New Orleans tacked on their final three runs in the top of the fifth for 6-0 advantage. Outfielder Kevin Mattison doubled to lead off the frame and later scored on another errant pickoff throw from Maldonado to third base. The Zephyrs later added the other two runs on a Bryan Petersen RBI and sacrifice fly from Dominguez.

Nashville rebounded to score their four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Eric Farris scored first after singling to lead off the frame, stealing second base, and coming home on Edwin Maysonet’s RBI single.

With the bases loaded after two straight singles from Hainley Statia and Logan Schafer, Caleb Gindl and Sean Halton brought home the next two runs on RBI groundouts. Maldonado singled in the last run to score Schafer.

Baker (1-1) was touched for six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings for the loss.

Amaury Rivas relieved Baker to finish the fifth, walking two and striking out one while allowing both inherited runners to score. Jim Henderson fanned one over two scoreless frames to extend his scoreless inning streak to open the season. Vinnie Chulk struck out two batters in a scoreless inning to finish the game.

New Orleans starter Tom Koehler gave up four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Elih Villanueva tossed 2 1/3 frames in relief to move to 3-0 on the season. Sandy Rosario worked around an inning-opening hit-by-pitch convert his PCL-leading fourth save.

The Sounds and Zephyrs will continue their series and play the second game of a four-game series at 6:35pm CT on Saturday night at Greer Stadium. Nashville right-hander Seth McClung (0-1, 9.00) will toe the rubber against Zephyrs righty J.D. Martin (0-0, 6.23).

Box Score

New Orleans Zephyrs (8-1) 6, Nashville Sounds (2-7) 4
April 13th, 2012

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

 

New Orleans AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Mattison, CF 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 .172
Solano, 2B 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 .250
Cousins, RF 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 .212
Lasater, 1B 5 1 1 0 0 3 3 .265
Petersen, LF 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 .250
Montz, C 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .231
Dominguez, 3B 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .188
Velazquez, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .192
Koehler, P 3 0 1 0 0 2 3 .250
Villanueva, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Pedroza, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Hatcher, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rosario, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 6 11 4 4 9 12 .217
a-Grounded out for Villanueva in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Mattison (2, Baker, B), Petersen (1, Rivas), Solano (4, Henderson).
HR: Dominguez (2, 2nd inning off Baker, B, 0 on, 1 out), Montz (1, 4th inning off Baker, B, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Cousins; Dominguez 4; Koehler; Solano 4; Lasater; Montz 4; Mattison 3; Petersen 2.
RBI: Dominguez 2 (5), Montz (1), Petersen (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Petersen 2; Koehler 2.
SAC: Solano.
SF: Dominguez.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Cousins (1, 2nd base off Baker, B/Maldonado).
CS: Petersen (1, 2nd base by Henderson/Maldonado).FIELDING
DP: 3 (Lasater-Velazquez-Koehler, Solano-Velazquez, Velazquez-Lasater).

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Schafer, CF 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 .189
Gindl, RF 4 1 0 0 0 1 4 .257
Halton, 1B 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 .333
Green, T, 3B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .207
Maldonado, C 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 .240
Patterson, C, LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .154
Rivas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Almonte, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .154
Henderson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hand, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Buller, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
Chulk, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Farris, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .161
Maysonet, 2B-LF 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 .200
Baker, B, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Statia, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .333
Totals 32 4 9 4 2 7 15 .219
a-Struck out for Rivas in the 5th. b-Struck out for Hand in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Maldonado (1, Koehler).
TB: Farris; Maldonado 4; Maysonet 2; Schafer; Green, T; Statia.
RBI: Maysonet (1), Halton (4), Maldonado 2 (5).
2-out RBI: Maldonado 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schafer; Patterson, C; Almonte.
SAC: Baker, B.
GIDP: Gindl, Statia.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Farris (2, 2nd base off Koehler/Montz).FIELDING
E: Baker, B 2 (2, throw, pickoff), Maldonado 2 (3, throw, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Gindl (Solano at home).

 


New Orleans IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koehler 4.2 8 4 4 2 1 0 3.38
Villanueva (W, 3-0) 2.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Hatcher (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Rosario, S (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 9 4 4 2 7 0 1.23
Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, B (L, 1-1) 4.1 7 6 5 1 4 2 4.82
Rivas 0.2 1 0 0 2 1 0 2.25
Henderson 2.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Hand 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.69
Chulk 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7.71
Totals 9.0 11 6 5 4 9 2 3.50



IBB: Montz (by Rivas), Velazquez (by Rivas).
HBP: Maldonado (by Koehler), Maysonet (by Rosario, S).
Pitches-strikes: Koehler 91-56, Villanueva 19-17, Hatcher 19-12, Rosario, S 13-9, Baker, B 86-57, Rivas 19-8, Henderson 30-17, Hand 12-7, Chulk 18-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Koehler 6-2, Villanueva 3-1, Hatcher 0-0, Rosario, S 2-0, Baker, B 5-4, Rivas 0-1, Henderson 1-1, Hand 2-0, Chulk 0-1.
Batters faced: Koehler 23, Villanueva 7, Hatcher 4, Rosario, S 3, Baker, B 22, Rivas 5, Henderson 7, Hand 4, Chulk 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Villanueva 2-0, Rivas 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Shaun Francis. 1B: Jason Arends. 3B: Joel Hospodka.
Weather: 73 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
T: 3:05.
Att: 7,333.


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