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Nashville Sounds lose 5-1 to New Orleans Zephyrs

 

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The New Orleans Zephyrs sent the Nashville Sounds to their sixth straight home loss with a 5-1 setback in front of 7,444 fans Friday night at First Tennessee Park.

The two teams made it through six innings before severe weather forced the game to come to a halt.

Xavier Scruggs wasted little time getting New Orleans on the board in the top of the first inning. The first baseman belted a solo homer off Zach Neal – one of two he hit in the game – to make it 1-0.

Nashville Sounds Drops Sixth Straight at First Tennessee Park

Nashville Sounds Drops Sixth Straight at First Tennessee Park

He was at it again in the third when he launched his second of the night. After Robert Andino singled to right-center to put a runner on, Scruggs hit a 3-0 pitch from Neal into the left field seats to give the Zephyrs a 3-0 lead.

Nashville got a home run of their own when Rangel Ravelo hit the first pitch of the bottom of the third out to left-center off Dylan Axelrod. It was Ravelo’s fifth blast of the season and cut the deficit to 3-1.

New Orleans tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth. Scruggs knocked in his fourth run of the night with an RBI single to left field, and Destin Hood added another with a sacrifice fly.

Neal was charged with the loss after allowing all five runs (four earned). In two starts against the Zephyrs this season, the right-hander has allowed eight earned runs. In eight other PCL starts, he has allowed a total of 11.

The Sounds didn’t get anything going against Axelrod after the third. Following Ravelo’s homer, they loaded the bases with one out but Ryon Healy bounced into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Axelrod retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced and picked up his sixth win of the season.

Game three of the four-game series is set for Saturday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Chris Smith (5-6, 3.90) starts for Nashville against right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (5-5, 7.20) for New Orleans. First pitch is scheduled 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


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