Sounds Lose Series Finale to Z's, 11-5April 16, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Nashville Sounds
With the loss, the Sounds (4-8) split the four-game set with the Z's.
The Zephyrs scored in each of the first five innings and never looked back as Nashville pitchers gave up seasons highs for runs and hits (17) in a contest.
New Orleans got on the board early against Sounds starter Mike Fiers, plating three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. The Z's were also aided by a Sean Halton throwing error in the frame.
Right fielder Caleb Gindl got a run back for the Sounds in the home half of the frame by crushing a two-out solo homer to right off New Orleans starter Brad Hand, his first roundtripper of the year.
Brad Hand helped his own cause in the second when he led off with a solo homer to right off Fiers. The hurler's second career longball extended the New Orleans lead to 4-1.
New Orleans tacked on three more runs in the third to stretch its lead to 7-1, chasing Fiers from the game in the process.
Matt Dominguez (3-for-4) led off with a double and, after a groundout, Fiers then walked a pair of batters to load the bases. After a wild pitch scored Dominguez and another walk was issued to re-load the bags, reliever Donovan Hand took over and was greeted by a two-run single off the bat of Bryan Petersen, who went 4-for-6 with three RBIs to pace the New Orleans offense.
Fiers (0-1), who went 8-0 in 10 starts for the Sounds last year, suffered his first career Triple-A loss after lasting only 2 1/3 innings, the shortest non-injury related start of his four-year pro career. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while walking five batters and striking out three.
Logan Schafer (2-for-4) belted his first home run of the year for the Sounds in the contest, a two-run shot in the fourth.
Gindl, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs on the night, was removed from the game after apparently injuring his right hamstring while running out a grounder to third to lead off the bottom of the fifth.
Brad Hand (2-0) picked up the win for New Orleans after allowing five runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander helped himself with a 2-for-3 night at the plate that included a homer and a double.
Daniel Meadows worked three scoreless relief innings for the Sounds, allowing only one hit and striking out three batters.
The Sounds continue their homestand on Tuesday by welcoming the Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA-Astros) to town for the 7:05 p.m. opener of a four-game set. Right-hander Mark Rogers will man the bump for Nashville to make his 2012 season debut. He'll be opposed by left-hander Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.00), the current Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week.
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