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Barden Ties Record as Z's Blast Sounds in Finale

September 6, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
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Brian Barden and the New Orleans Zephyrs sent the 2010 season out in style.

Barden's two-run double keyed a three-run rally in the third inning, and the Zephyrs went on to score six times in the fifth to beat the Nashville Sounds 10-2 on Monday afternoon in the season finale for both clubs.

Barden's double extended his hitting streak to 22 games to end the season, tying the New Orleans record set by David Newhan in 2007. Barden was replaced in left field by Greg Burns the following half inning, and came off the field to a standing ovation from the Labor Day crowd at Zephyr Field.

The Z's broke the game open with the six-run fifth, which began with starting pitcher James Houser battling Nashville starter Chase Wright for eight pitches before getting hit by a pitch. After John Raynor walked and Danny Richar singled, Burns walked to force in a run. The Sounds brought in Chuck Lofgren from the bullpen, but Lofgren could not prevent the big inning, as Chris Aguila delivered an RBI single and Gookie Dawkins delivered a three-run double to give the Zephyrs a 9-1 lead.

Houser (1-2), starting in place of Adalberto Mendez, who was promoted to the Florida Marlins to make a Monday afternoon start in Philadelphia, scattered seven hits while yielding one run over five innings to pick up his first win.

Wright (8-9) was charged with seven runs in four innings to take the loss.

Aguila had three hits, including a seventh-inning solo home run, to lead the Zephyrs. Aguila, Raynor and Richar each scored two runs.

The Zephyrs finish the 2010 campaign with a 66-77 record, a three-win improvement from 2009, and in third place in the PCL's American Southern Division.

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