Nashville, TN – A 14-hit outburst wasn’t enough for the Nashville Sounds in an 8-6 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs in front of a sellout crowd of 10,018 fans Saturday night at First Tennessee Park.
Every Nashville player in the starting lineup had at least one hit while Jaycob Brugman and Colin Walsh had three apiece.
The offensive outburst went for naught when the Zephyrs erupted for six runs in the fifth inning. Starter Chris Smith was cruising and the Sounds held a 3-0 lead going into the top of the fifth before disaster struck.RBI singles came from Brugman, Walsh and Arismendy Alcantara in the first three innings and Smith had allowed just one hit while racking up seven strikeouts through four frames.
Zephyrs’ third baseman Matt Juengel started the fifth with a double down the left field line. It was one of four extra base hits New Orleans would collect in the frame. Peter Mooney, Austin Nola and Destin Hood all knocked in a pair of runs in the inning.
The Sounds battled back and brought it to within a run late in the game. Walsh’s RBI double in the home half of the fifth cut the deficit to 6-4.
New Orleans tacked on another run in the sixth against Aaron Kurcz before Joey Wendle launched a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 7-6 game. It’s the eighth home run of the season for the Sounds’ second baseman.
Angel Castro delivered two scoreless innings of relief work in the seventh and eighth before the Zephyrs added an insurance run off Ryan Doolittle in the top of the ninth.
Max Muncy started the bottom of the ninth with a lead-off walk, but New Orleans closer Brian Ellington struck out the next three batters to close out the game.
Jeremy Guthrie picked up the win for New Orleans despite scattering 12 hits. Smith was tagged with the loss to send his record to 5-7.
The final game before the Sounds head into the Triple-A All-Star break is set for Sunday afternoon at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Dillon Overton (9-4, 3.01) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (2-3, 6.30) for the Zephyrs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm.
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