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Nashville Sounds drop Sunday afternoon game to New Orleans Zephyrs 3-1

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds connected for only five hits Sunday against the New Orleans Zephyrs, who leveled the opening series with the Sounds at two games apiece by defeating the home team, 3-1.

The Sounds plated their only run in the game’s final inning. Sounds left fielder Sean Halton led off in the frame with a double into the left-field corner, advanced to third on a groundout by Stephen Parker and scored on Cole Garner’s groundout to third. That was the extent of any Sounds rally.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger - sportsnashville.net)
Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger – sportsnashville.net)

Sounds second baseman Scooter Gennett extended his early-season hitting streak to four games with a leadoff single in his first at-bat on Sunday. Gennett leads the team with a .533 batting average through four games, and entered the day tied for fifth in the league at .545. He picked up his second hit in the eighth, for his third multi-hit game of 2013.

The Zephyrs got on the board first in the second inning on a two-out single up the middle from Wilson Valdez, scoring left fielder Matt Diaz, who doubled earlier in the frame.

Nashville Sounds - Scooter GennettNew Orleans tacked on two additional runs in the fourth inning; the first a solo home run off the left-field light pole by shortstop Nick Green, and the next on an infield groundout by pitcher Mitch Talbot, scoring Matt Diaz from third. On the play Sounds shortstop Blake Davis made a great infield dive to get the out and prevent any additional runs.

All three runs were charged to pitcher Zach Kroenke, who was charged with the loss in his Sounds debut. The southpaw allowed seven hits in three innings of work, with three strikeouts and no walks.

Donovan Hand pitched three innings of relief, increasing his innings streak without allowing an earned run to 4.2 in 2013. He entered in the third with two inherited runners from Kroenke, both in scoring position, and allowed only one to score. He finished the day with three strikeouts, no walks, and three hits. He also kept a runner from reaching third in his final frame on a 1-6 put-out.

Also getting work in the Sounds ‘pen was Kyle Heckathorn and Jesus Sanchez, who combined to allow only one hit in three scoreless innings.

Mitch Talbot gets the win for New Orleans, going five innings and allowing two hits. Reliever Chris Hatcher notched the save, his first. Offensively, Diaz and Koyie Hill led the team with three hits each.

The Sounds will host the Oklahoma City RedHawks for a four-game series at Greer Stadium, beginning Monday night at 7:05pm. Starting on the hill for the Sounds will be RHP Frankie De La Cruz against the RedHawks LHP Rudy Owens. Monday night is $1.00 Hot Dog Night at Greer.

Box Score

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

 

New Orleans Zephyrs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Gorkys Hernandez CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Ed Lucas 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .385
Bryan Petersen RF 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333
Ben Lasater 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200
Nick Green SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .091
Matt Diaz LF 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Kevin Mattison LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
Koyie Hill C 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Wilson Valdez 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143
Mitch Talbot P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000
a- Jordan Brown PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Zach Phillips P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jonathan Albaladejo P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b- Matt Downs PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .385
Chris Hatcher P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 3 11 3 1 1 3 0 7 .246
a-Grounded into a double play for Talbot in the 6th. b-Hit into a double play for Albaladejo in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Diaz (1, Kroenke), Hill, K 2 (2, Kroenke, Sanchez, Je).
3B: Petersen (1, Kroenke).
HR: Green (1, 4th inning off Kroenke, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Diaz 4; Lucas; Green 4; Hill, K 5; Petersen 4; Valdez, W.
RBI: Valdez, W (1), Green (1), Talbot (1).
2-out RBI: Valdez, W.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lasater; Hernandez, Go.
GIDP: Brown, J.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
E: Lasater (2, fielding).
DP: (Valdez, W-Green-Lasater).

Nashville Sounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Scooter Gennett 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .533
Caleb Gindl CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Hunter Morris 1B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .250
Sean Halton LF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Stephen Parker 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .077
Cole Garner RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .250
Blake Davis SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100
Blake Lalli C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Jesus Sanchez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zach Kroenke P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Donovan Hand P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Kyle Heckathorn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Anderson De La Rosa C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 1 5 1 0 0 1 3 5 .193

 

BATTING
2B: Halton (1, Hatcher).
TB: Lalli; Halton 2; Gennett 2; Morris.
RBI: Garner (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parker, S; Lalli.
GIDP: Parker, S.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gindl (Hill, K at home).
DP: 2 (Gennett-Davis, B-Morris, Gindl-De La Rosa, A).

New Orleans Zephyrs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitch Talbot (W, 1-0) 5.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 0.00
Zach Phillips (H, 1) 2.2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Jonathan Albaladejo (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Chris Hatcher (S, 1) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.50
Totals 9.0 5 1 1 3 5 0 2.38

 

Nashville Sounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zach Kroenke (L, 0-1) 3.0 7 3 3 0 3 1 9.00
Donovan Hand 3.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Kyle Heckathorn 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.38
Jesus Sanchez 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 11 3 3 0 7 1 4.00

 

Kroenke pitched to 3 batters in the 4th. Pitches-strikes: Talbot 72-44, Phillips 42-27, Albaladejo 1-0, Hatcher 16-9, Kroenke 57-37, Hand 40-26, Heckathorn 10-7, Sanchez, Je 17-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Talbot 9-1, Phillips 4-1, Albaladejo 0-0, Hatcher 3-0, Kroenke 4-0, Hand 4-1, Heckathorn 1-1, Sanchez, Je 2-3.
Batters faced: Talbot 20, Phillips 10, Albaladejo 0, Hatcher 4, Kroenke 16, Hand 11, Heckathorn 3, Sanchez, Je 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Albaladejo 2-0, Hand 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Spencer Flynn. 1B: Quinn Wolcott. 2B: D.J. Reyburn. 3B: Brandon Misun.
Weather: 73 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:50.
Att: 3,888.

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