Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds dropped a 10-6 slugfest to visiting New Orleans Zephyrs on Monday evening at Greer Stadium. The loss was the Sounds’ seventh in the last eight games.
Nashville (21-36) gave up a season-high four Zephyrs homers in the loss, including two from catcher Clint Sammons.
New Orleans starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits while fanning six in seven innings for the victory. The left-hander also doubled in and scored a run from the dish.Five Sounds had multiple-hit efforts on the evening and accounted for all of Nashville’s 11 hits, led by a 3-for-4 performance by third baseman Andy Gonzalez.
Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, right fielder Jordan Brown, first baseman Sean Halton, and catcher Jason Jaramillo each added two hits. The multi-hit game was Brown’s fourth in a row.
New Orleans took a 5-0 lead against starter Seth McClung in the second inning. With the bases juiced for the second consecutive inning, Gil Velazquez brought home the first two runs with a single to center field, which turned into a throwing error by Logan Schafer to score another run.
Two pitches later, Scott Cousins tattooed his seventh homer of the season off the clubhouse in right center for a 5-0 advantage. The Zephyrs added another run in the third on a sacrifice fly from LeBlanc.
After being held to one hit through the first three innings, the Sounds scored two runs to trim the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth. After singles from Bianchi and Halton, Gonzalez lined an RBI single down the right field line. Outfielder Caleb Gindl followed with a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Halton.
Johnnie Lowe’s first pitch of the fifth inning was greeted by Sammons’ first homer over the left field wall, extending the Z’s lead to 7-2. Two innings later, Sammons homered off Lowe for the second time for 9-2 lead.
The back-to-back jacks by Halton and Gonzalez was the second occurrence by Nashville this season after Brooks Conrad and Brown went yard on May 26th vs. Round Rock.
Montz added a ninth-inning solo homer to push the lead to 10-6, his 11th long ball of the season.
McClung was touched for six runs (five earned) on a season-high nine hits and five walks in four innings of work for the loss. It was the seventh time in 11 starts that McClung has given up four or more runs.
Lowe’s three runs allowed both came on homers from Sammons. Amaury Rivas tossed two scoreless innings. Robert Wooten allowed one solo homer in his inning of work.
Coming into the game leading the PCL in fielding percentage, Nashville committed two errors for the second consecutive contest.
The Sounds and Zephyrs conclude their four-game series at 7:05pm CT on Tuesday night at Greer Stadium. Right-hander Mark Rogers (1-3, 5.19) will toe the rubber in the finale against New Orleans righty Tom Koehler (6-4, 3.71).
Nashville Sounds (21-36) 6, New Orleans Zephyrs (30-28) 10
June 4th, 2012
|New Orleans Zephyrs||0||5||1||0||1||0||2||0||1||10||14||0|
|Sanchez, G, 1B||3||0||1||0||2||1||2||.292|
|Dominguez, M, 3B||5||2||3||0||0||0||3||.225|
|Rosario, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jones, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: LeBlanc (1, McClung).
HR: Cousins (7, 2nd inning off McClung, 1 on, 2 out), Sammons 2 (5, 5th inning off Lowe, 0 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Lowe, 1 on, 0 out), Montz (11, 9th inning off Wooten, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Dominguez, M 3; Cousins 6; Velazquez; Cervenak; Green; Montz 4; LeBlanc 2; Sammons 8; Sanchez, G.
RBI: Velazquez 2 (14), Cousins 2 (31), LeBlanc (2), Sammons 3 (10), Montz (29).
2-out RBI: Velazquez 2; Cousins 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dominguez, M 2; Sanchez, G.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 10.BASERUNNING
SB: Velazquez (3, 2nd base off McClung/Jaramillo), Cousins (8, 2nd base off McClung/Jaramillo).FIELDING
DP: (Sanchez, G-Velazquez-Sanchez, G).
|Brown, J, RF||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.324|
|Gonzalez, A, 3B||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.295|
|a-Flied out for Rivas in the 8th.|
HR: Halton (4, 8th inning off Jones, B, 2 on, 0 out), Gonzalez, A (3, 8th inning off Jones, B, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Brown, J 2; Bianchi 2; Halton 5; Jaramillo 2; Gonzalez, A 6.
RBI: Gonzalez, A 2 (16), Gindl (17), Halton 3 (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl.
GIDP: Brown, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-3.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Schafer (1, throw), McClung (2, pickoff).
|LeBlanc (W, 3-4)||7.0||6||2||2||1||6||0||3.42|
|Glover (H, 4)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.33|
|McClung (L, 1-6)||4.0||9||6||5||5||4||1||5.40|
Jones, B pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.
Lowe pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.
Pitches-strikes: LeBlanc 116-77, Jones, B 17-7, Glover 13-8, Rosario, S 8-5, McClung 100-59, Lowe 51-33, Rivas 20-12, Wooten 13-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: LeBlanc 5-5, Jones, B 0-0, Glover 1-1, Rosario, S 1-1, McClung 3-3, Lowe 3-0, Rivas 2-2, Wooten 0-1.
Batters faced: LeBlanc 28, Jones, B 4, Glover 4, Rosario, S 3, McClung 25, Lowe 11, Rivas 7, Wooten 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Rivas 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Scott Mahoney. 1B: Eric Loveless. 2B: Lance Barrett. 3B: Matt Schaufert.
Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, R to L.