Vargas, Two Relievers Combine On Six-Hitter
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds snapped a six-game skid with an 8-0 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs in front of a season-high 10,044 fans on Saturday evening at Greer Stadium.
Right-hander Claudio Vargas (1-0) scattered three hits and struck out six batters over five scoreless innings to pick up his first win for the Sounds. Vinnie Chulk followed with a pair of scoreless frames before Donovan Hand closed out the contest with two scoreless innings of his own.The 8-0 win, Nashville’s fourth shutout triumph of the year, marked the Sounds’ largest margin of victory this season.
Nashville pitchers combined to strike out 10 batters and did not issue a walk in the contest for only the second time this season; it previously occurred on April 12th at Oklahoma City.
First baseman Jordan Brown paced the 10-hit offensive attack with a 4-for-5 night, Nashville’s third four-hit effort this season (Sean Halton, Edwin Maysonet). Andy Gonzalez, Corey Patterson, and Jeff Bianchi each drove in two runs for the Sounds.
Nashville (21-34) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when they batted around and erupted for a five-spot against New Orleans right-hander Alex Sanabia.
Brown opened the inning with a double before Andy Gonzalez and Jay Gibbons drew walks to load the bases. Hainley Statia put Nashville on the board with a run-scoring single to right to plate Brown.
After Sanabia recovered to retire the next two hitters, Patterson and Bianchi delivered back-to-back two-run singles to up the home team’s advantage to five.
Gonzalez made it a 7-0 game an inning later when he belted his second homer in the last two days, a two-run shot to left-center off Sanabia. Brown also scored on the big fly after preceding Gonzalez with a single.
Vargas helped his own cause in the fifth when he lifted a two-out RBI double into the left-center gap off Z’s reliever Robert Ray to plate Statia to up the Nashville lead to 8-0.
Sanabia (3-4), who was activated from a stint on the disabled list prior to the game, was saddled with the loss after being tagged for seven runs on six hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work.
The teams continue the series with a 2:05pm matinee on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Brian Baker (1-3, 6.89) will make the start for the Sounds to face New Orleans left-hander Brad Hand (4-3, 3.43).
Nashville Sounds 8, New Orleans Zephyrs 0
June 2nd, 2012
|New Orleans Zephyrs||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Sanchez, G, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Jones, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dominguez, M, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.216|
|Ray, R, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a-Flied out for Villanueva in the 8th.|
2B: Cervenak 2 (7, Vargas, Chulk).
TB: Cousins; Velazquez 2; Cervenak 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green; Sammons; Lambin.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
PO: Cervenak (2nd base by Jaramillo).
|Patterson, C, RF||5||1||1||2||0||1||5||.237|
|Brown, J, 1B||5||2||4||0||0||0||1||.316|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||4||2||1||2||1||1||3||.278|
|a-Struck out for Chulk in the 7th.|
2B: Brown, J (7, Sanabia), Vargas (1, Ray, R).
HR: Gonzalez, A (2, 3rd inning off Sanabia, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Brown, J 5; Bianchi; Vargas 2; Jaramillo; Patterson, C; Gonzalez, A 4; Statia.
RBI: Statia (12), Patterson, C 2 (15), Bianchi 2 (8), Gonzalez, A 2 (13), Vargas (2).
2-out RBI: Patterson, C 2; Bianchi 2; Vargas.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Patterson, C 4.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 9.FIELDING
E: Gonzalez, A (1, fielding).
Pickoffs: Jaramillo (Cervenak at 2nd base).
|Sanabia (L, 3-4)||2.1||6||7||7||3||1||1||3.73|
|Vargas (W, 1-0)||5.0||3||0||0||0||6||0||4.30|
HBP: Sanchez, G (by Vargas).
Pitches-strikes: Sanabia 60-31, Ray, R 43-26, Villanueva 35-23, Jones, B 11-6, Vargas 87-55, Chulk 22-14, Hand 34-25.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sanabia 2-2, Ray, R 4-1, Villanueva 1-1, Jones, B 0-2, Vargas 6-2, Chulk 0-2, Hand 2-2.
Batters faced: Sanabia 16, Ray, R 12, Villanueva 9, Jones, B 4, Vargas 19, Chulk 7, Hand 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Ray, R 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Lance Barrett. 1B: Matt Schaufert. 2B: Scott Mahoney. 3B: Eric Loveless.
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.