New Orleans, LA – The New Orleans Zephyrs scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to steal a 4-3 win over the Nashville Sounds Sunday night at Zephyr Field.
Nashville built a 3-0 lead on a strong pitching performance from Daniel Gossett and home runs from Franklin Barreto and Rangel Ravelo only to see the bullpen cough it up late.
Gossett allowed one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings and was in line for the win in his second career Triple-A start before the ‘pen faltered.
Gossett and Dylan Axelrod kept the other team’s offense off the scoreboard for the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, Barreto broke the stalemate with a solo homer – his first home run at the Triple-A level.
Gossett turned in another scoreless frame in the bottom of the sixth and the Sounds held a 1-0 lead going to the seventh.
With reliever Hunter Adkins in the game, Colin Walsh worked a two-out walk to put a runner on for Ravelo. The left fielder crushed a 1-0 pitch from Adkins out to left-center to give the Sounds a 3-0 lead.
The Zephyrs finally broke through against Gossett with two outs in the home half of the seventh. Austin Nola’s RBI single plated Cole Gillespie to pull New Orleans within a pair of runs at 3-1.
Eduard Santos relieved Gossett in the seventh and ended the inning with no further damage. However, the right-hander immediately found trouble in the eighth. Elliot Soto started the inning with a double. After striking out Francisco Arcia, Santos walked Isaac Galloway and allowed an RBI single to Cole Figeroa to make it a 3-2 game.
The Sounds turned to Aaron Kurcz out of the bullpen but it didn’t work. Gillespie drilled a double to the gap in left-center, scoring Galloway and Figeroa to give the Zephyrs a 4-3 lead.
Matt Olson came through with a one-out single in the ninth, but was stranded when Renato Nunez and Walsh struck out.
Prior to the loss, the Sounds were 69-5 in games they were leading after seven innings. It’s the first series they’ve lost since before the All-Star break in mid-July.
The two teams wrap up the regular season with the third and final game of the series Monday afternoon in New Orleans. Right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-7, 4.32) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Kendry Flores (3-6, 4.53) for the Zephyrs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm.
Tickets for the 2016 Pacific Coast League playoff dates at First Tennessee Park are now available for purchase at the Nashville Sounds box office and online at www.nashvillesounds.com
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate.