New Orleans, LA – The Nashville Sounds got two solo home runs from Chad Pinder and Renato Nunez in route to their 2-0 series opening win over the New Orleans Zephyrs Saturday night at Zephyrs field.
Renato Nunez and Chad Pinder each sent solo home runs to lead the Sounds to the win. Pinder launched his 14th home run of the season in the top of the first to center to give the Sounds the early 1-0 lead.
Nunez then got in on the fun in the sixth inning as he led off the frame with a solo shot of his own to left to double the Sounds lead to 2-0. The Nunez home run was the 22-year olds team leading 17th home run of the season.
Sounds starter Ross Detwiler pitched 6.1 shutout inning and allowed just four hits and struck out seven and earned the win. The win notched Detwiler’s third win as a Sound since being traded by the Cleveland Indians on July 7th.
Detwiler retired 19 of the 23 batters he faced before leaving in the seventh inning after giving up two singles in the frame. Ryan Brasier came on in relief of Detwiler and inherited the two runners and allowed a Pedro Ciriaco base hit to load the bases with one out. Brasier then got Austin Nola to pop up to Matt McBride and Carlos Carporan to ground out to Joey Wendle to end the Zephyrs threat in the seventh.
Brasier then pitched a perfect eighth inning to preserve the Sounds 2-0 lead.
Tucker Healy would come on to pitch the ninth and try for his seventh save. Healy made quick work of the first two batters he would see in Justin Bour and Destin Hood. Matt Juengel then hit a base hit to left-center, however Healy shut the door on any potential Zephyr come back striking out Pedro Ciriaco to end the game.
The Sounds continue their four-game series with the New Orleans Zephyrs Sunday afternoon with game two of the series. Nashville will send right-hander Chris Jensen (1-4, 4.15) to face off against New Orleans left-hander Justin Nicolino (4-4, 3.00). First pitch is scheduled for 4:00pm at Zephyr field.
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