Nashville Sounds Baseball
First-Place Sounds Take Series Opener Against Division-Rival Z’s
Metairie, LA – Pitcher Michael Blazek tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and accounted for three of Nashville’s four runs scored in the Sounds’ 4-2 victory over New Orleans on Saturday evening at Zephyr Field in the opener of a four-game series.
With the victory, the Sounds (62-53) maintained their two-game lead in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.
Blazek (2-4) pick up his second win of the year with his solid outing. The right-hander has been outstanding in his last four starts for the Sounds, posting a 0.92 ERA (2er/19.2ip) over that stretch.
Blazek helped his own cause in the top of the fifth inning when the hurler led off with a double to right-center and later scored the night’s first run on a wild pitch from Zephyrs starter Anthony DeSclafani (2-3) to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead.
Blazek (2-for-3) continued to get it done with the lumber in the sixth, upping the Nashville advantage to 3-0 with a two-out, two-run single to right off Z’s reliever Bryan Evans.
Sean Halton (2-for-4) got things started in the frame with a leadoff doubled off the center field wall. With two down, New Orleans elected to intentionally walk Kevin Mattison, who was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, to face Blazek, and the hurler made them pay for that decision with his two-run knock. On the play, Mattison hustled around the bases to score from first.
Nashville tacked on another run in the seventh against Casey McCarthy. Jason Rogers (2-for-4) smacked a one-out double into the left field corner then scored on a Halton bloop single to shallow left-center that dropped among three Zephyrs defenders to make it a 4-0 contest.
The Zephyrs broke up the shutout bid in the home half of the seventh with a pair of runs off Sounds reliever Dustin Molleken. The speedy Austin Wates led off with an infield single before scoring two batters later on Mark Canha’s run-scoring double into the right field corner. Justin Bour followed with a first-pitch RBI single to left that halved the Nashville lead to 4-2.
Brent Leach (1.1 IP) and Rob Wooten closed out the victory with scoreless relief outings for Nashville; Wooten nailed down his ninth save of the year.
The teams continue the series with a 4:00pm contest on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Mike Fiers (8-5, 2.62) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face New Orleans right-hander Alex Sanabia (5-4, 4.80).
August 2, 2014
|New Orleans Zephyrs||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||2||11||1|
|Rogers, J, 3B||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.274|
|Clark, M, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.250|
2B: Blazek (1, DeSclafani), Halton (23, Evans, B), Rogers, J (5, McCarthy).
TB: Pagnozzi; Rogers, J 3; Halton 3; Blazek 3; Orr.
RBI: Blazek 2 (2), Halton (51).
2-out RBI: Blazek 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blazek; Mattison; Clark, M.
GIDP: Gindl, Clark, M.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
SB: Gindl (2, 2nd base off DeSclafani/Brantly).
|Evans, B, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|a-Rodriguez, J, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.269|
|a-Struck out for Evans, B in the 6th. b-Grounded out for McCarthy in the 8th.|
2B: Canha (26, Molleken).
TB: Canha 4; Lucas 2; Cox; Bour 2; Diaz; Wates 2.
RBI: Canha (65), Bour (53).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jensen 2; Rodriguez, J; Bour.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
CS: Wates (5, 2nd base by Blazek/Pagnozzi).FIELDING
E: Cox (9, fielding).
DP: 2 (Bour-Diaz-McCarthy, Cox-Lucas-Bour).
|Blazek (W, 2-4)||5.2||7||0||0||3||3||0||3.84|
|Molleken (H, 9)||1.0||3||2||2||0||3||0||4.87|
|Leach (H, 11)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.54|
|Wooten (S, 9)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||5.25|
|DeSclafani (L, 2-3)||5.0||3||1||1||4||5||0||3.09|
WP: DeSclafani 2, Evans, B.
IBB: Mattison (by Evans, B).
Pitches-strikes: Blazek 91-56, Molleken 22-19, Leach 16-12, Wooten 17-12, DeSclafani 94-59, Evans, B 16-8, McCarthy 33-23, Dayton 10-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blazek 6-6, Molleken 0-0, Leach 2-0, Wooten 3-0, DeSclafani 4-4, Evans, B 1-0, McCarthy 1-3, Dayton 2-0.
Batters faced: Blazek 26, Molleken 6, Leach 4, Wooten 4, DeSclafani 22, Evans, B 6, McCarthy 9, Dayton 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Molleken 2-0, Leach 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ryan Blakney. 1B: Alberto Ruiz. 3B: Greg Stanzak.
Weather: 87 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Varies.
Venue: Zephyr Field.
August 2, 2014