Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds (42-41) offense exploded for 13 runs before 7,879 fans at Greer Stadium in Saturday night’s 13-0 shutout victory over the first-place New Orleans Zephyrs.
The 13 runs by Sounds batters matches a season-high and the 13-run deficit is the largest since a 19-0 shutout at Colorado Springs in game one of doubleheader on August 4th, 2011.
Hunter Morris, 2-for-4, got Nashville on the board in the 1st inning with a two-out single into left field. Later, the 25-year-old slugger connected for a two-run triple in the Sounds’ five-run 5th inning to give Nashville a 4-0 advantage.
Sean Halton, who matched a career-best four-hit night with two doubles and two singles, drove in Morris with a base-knock into left field. The Sounds continued for five runs in the fifth inning to make it 7-0 in favor of the home team.
Starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann (4-4) helped keep the Zephyrs off the board by delivering seven scoreless innings to secure his fourth win with the Sounds. The 24-year-old right-hander limited the Z’s to two hits on the night, struck out eight batters, and escaped a bases-loaded one-out jam in the 4th inning with a strikeout followed by a groundout.
Jungmann has worked quality starts in each of his last two outings and improves his Greer Stadium record to 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA (7er/24.1ip). He helped his own cause by plating two Nashville runners with a single to right field in the 5th.
Pinch hitter Kevin Mattison batted for Jungmann in the 7th inning and drove a three-run triple to dead centerfield to give Nashville a 10-run advantage. Mattison came in to score via a Pete Orr infield single.
Newcomer Jason Rogers kept the six-run inning alive with a monster home run to dead center field, which scored two. In his first two Triple-A games, Rogers has a home run, triple, double and four RBIs.
Outfielder Caleb Gindl also contributed to the Sounds run column with his RBI single in the 4th inning, scoring Halton.
[320leftRelievers Arcenio Leon and Donovan Hand each pitched an inning of relief work to preserve the Sounds’ PCL-leading 7th shutout of the year. It is the first time Nashville has recorded back-to-back shut out victories since June 2009.
The Sounds will look to win the series against New Orleans in Sunday’s finale at 6:35pm. RHP Michael Blazek (0-3, 4.75) will take the hill for Nashville opposite the Z’s LHP Brad Hand (2-0, 2.33). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 The Game.
June 28, 2014
|New Orleans Zephyrs||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Rodriguez, J, 3B-2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.272|
|Black, Da, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.167|
|Conley, A, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
2B: Canha (17, Jungmann).
TB: Canha 2; Bour.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Black, Da 2; Canha.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.
|Rogers, J, 3B||5||1||1||2||0||1||3||.375|
|Morris, H, 1B||5||1||2||3||0||1||0||.273|
|Leon, Ar, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hand, D, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gomez, H, SS||2||1||0||0||2||0||1||.240|
|a-Tripled for Jungmann in the 7th.|
2B: Halton 2 (14, Conley, A, Cargill).
3B: Morris, H (1, Conley, A), Mattison (3, Cargill).
HR: Rogers, J (1, 7th inning off Olmos, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Pagnozzi; Jungmann; Orr 2; Mattison 3; Rogers, J 4; Halton 6; Morris, H 4; Gindl 2.
RBI: Morris, H 3 (36), Gindl (20), Halton (29), Jungmann 2 (3), Mattison 3 (21), Orr (22), Rogers, J 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Morris, H; Jungmann 2; Rogers, J 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gindl 2; Orr.
Team RISP: 9-for-14.
Team LOB: 6.BASERUNNING
SB: Orr (6, 2nd base off Conley, A/Skipworth).FIELDING
E: Mattison (4, fielding).
DP: (Orr-Morris, H).
|Conley, A (L, 2-3)||4.2||9||7||7||3||3||0||5.08|
|Jungmann (W, 4-4)||7.0||2||0||0||2||8||0||5.14|
WP: Conley, A, Olmos, Leon, Ar.
HBP: Skipworth (by Jungmann), Velez (by Conley, A).
Pitches-strikes: Conley, A 91-61, Cargill 30-19, Olmos 36-26, Jungmann 94-56, Leon, Ar 25-15, Hand, D 6-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Conley, A 6-1, Cargill 3-0, Olmos 1-0, Jungmann 8-3, Leon, Ar 1-1, Hand, D 1-0.
Batters faced: Conley, A 27, Cargill 9, Olmos 7, Jungmann 25, Leon, Ar 5, Hand, D 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Cargill 2-0, Olmos 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Shaun Lampe. 1B: Thomas Newsom. 3B: Brian Hertzog.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
Venue: Herschel Greer Stadium.
June 28, 2014