Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds were held to five hits in a 1-0 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs in front of 7,487 fans Thursday night at First Tennessee Park.
It’s the fourth time in the last six games the Sounds have been held to one run or less. Overall, Nashville has lost seven of their last eight games and is hitting just .207 as a team in the month of July.
Starter Jesse Hahn was dialed in from the beginning and turned in his first quality start since May 28 when he was with the Athletics.
The right-hander allowed one run on just three hits in six innings. Hahn walked one and struck out five in the tough-luck loss. The lone run he allowed was on Peter Mooney’s RBI single in the third inning.New Orleans pitching was just a little bit better as four hurlers combined on the five-hit shutout.
Starter Jose Urena worked 4 2/3 innings followed by Craig Breslow, Cody Ege and Brian Ellington combining to throw the final 4 1/3 frames.
Along with their five hits, the Sounds drew six walks and had a number of opportunities to score. They stranded a pair of runners in the first, second and seventh innings. They left a total of 10 runners on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
In the seventh, Bruce Maxwell drew a one-out walk and moved to second on Arismendy Alcantara’s single to center. Both were left stranded when Chad Pinder was retired on a deep fly out to center and Max Muncy struck out.
Ryon Healy started the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single up the middle but was quickly erased on a double play.
Colin Walsh singled with one out in the ninth to put the tying run on base again. Jaycob Brugman entered as a pinch-runner but was left standing at second after Maxwell went down on strikes and Alcantara flied to center to end the game.
Breslow picked up the win in relief and Ellington earned the save. The four Zephyrs pitchers combined to rack up 13 strikeouts in the win.
Game two of the four-game series is scheduled for Friday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Zach Neal (6-1, 2.61) starts for Nashville against right-hander Dylan Axelrod (5-4, 4.09) for New Orleans. First pitch is slated for 7:05pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com