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Barry Zito’s Gem Spurs Nashville Sounds to Seventh Straight Win

Former Cy Young Tallies Season-High 8 Innings and 6 Strikeouts

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – In a much hyped-up pitching matchup, it was Nashville and Barry Zito that outdueled top New York Mets prospect Steven Matz and the Las Vegas 51s, 1-0, at First Tennessee Park on Sunday afternoon.

Zito faced the minimum through five, pitching eight scoreless innings, the most by a Sounds pitcher this season. The crafty veteran yielded a season-low two hits and struck out a season-high six batters. Twice he got out of jams with inning-ending double plays – including a strikeout, caught stealing in the third inning. He has now thrown 14 scoreless innings dating back to his last start on May 26th at Sacramento.

Nashville Sounds Baseball [1]The Sounds were the only team to input a run on the guitar-shaped scoreboard, doing so in the first inning courtesy of a Nate Freiman opposite field double that scored Ryan Roberts.

The run came off Matz who entered the day leading the PCL in ERA (1.99) and wins (6). He took his third loss of the season.

R.J. Alvarez picked up his third save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. With the win, the Sounds have now won seven straight games for the first time since April 23rd – 30th of 2010.

The series comes to a close tomorrow night at First Tennessee Park. Looking for the sweep, the Sounds will send Zach Neal to the mound. The right-hander will attempt to secure his fourth win in as many starts with Nashville. Tyler Pill will get the ball for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Box Score

Nashville Sounds (23-27) 1, Las Vegas 51s (29-22) 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 51s 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 1 4 0



Las Vegas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Conrad, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .200
Rivera, T, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .273
a-Monell, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .370
Castellanos, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .274
Allen, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .283
Reynolds, M, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .272
Taijeron, RF 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .318
Boyd, J, LF 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 .375
Vaughn, CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .213
Zapata, N, C 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 .172
Matz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .350
Church, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Thornton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 0 2 0 3 7 10 .281
a-Flied out for Rivera, T in the 9th.
BATTING
TB: Vaughn; Boyd, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rivera, T.
GIDP: Zapata, N.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
CS: Boyd, J (2, 2nd base by Zito/Carlin).FIELDING
E: Reynolds, M (8, fielding).
PB: Zapata, N (1).
DP: 2 (Matz-Reynolds, M-Allen, Rivera, T-Reynolds, M-Allen).

 

 

Nashville AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gentry, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143
Wendle, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .255
Roberts, R, 3B 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 .298
Freiman, DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .222
Matthes, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .242
Romero, N, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .235
Carson, M, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .179
Aliotti, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .294
Carlin, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .106
Zito, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alvarez, R, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 1 4 1 2 3 10 .258
BATTING
2B: Freiman (1, Matz).
TB: Wendle; Romero, N; Freiman 2; Matthes.
RBI: Freiman (6).
2-out RBI: Freiman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matthes; Aliotti.
GIDP: Roberts, R, Wendle.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.FIELDING
DP: 2 (Carlin-Wendle, Romero, N-Aliotti).

 

 

Las Vegas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Matz (L, 6-3) 5.0 4 1 1 2 2 0 1.98
Church 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.54
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.52
Totals 8.0 4 1 1 2 3 0 3.93

 

Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zito (W, 3-4) 8.0 2 0 0 3 6 0 4.12
Alvarez, R (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Totals 9.0 2 0 0 3 7 0 3.41

 

Game Scores: Matz 55, Zito 81.
Pitches-strikes: Matz 79-50, Church 25-16, Thornton 6-5, Zito 103-61, Alvarez, R 14-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Matz 8-2, Church 2-1, Thornton 2-1, Zito 6-7, Alvarez, R 0-2.
Batters faced: Matz 20, Church 6, Thornton 3, Zito 27, Alvarez, R 3.
Umpires: HP: Nick Mahrley. 1B: Nate White. 2B: Tom Woodring. 3B: Kolin Kline.
Weather: 82 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:08 (:29 delay).
Att: 6,533.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
May 31st, 2015