Sounds Open Homestand With 6-1 Loss
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds began their homestand on the short end of a 6-1 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs on Tuesday evening at Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
The loss was the sixth in the last seven games for the first-place Sounds (55-48). The victory was New Orleans' third in a row following a 13-game losing streak for the Z's.
Nashville second baseman Hernan Iribarren went 3-for-4 on the night to account for nearly half of the club's seven knocks.
The game started following a 33-minute rain delay. New Orleans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Manny Mayorson drew a bases-loaded walk from Nashville starter Lindsay Gulin to plate Dave Matranga.
The Sounds evened the score in the bottom of the frame against Zephyrs reliever Jay Buente, who had replaced injured starter Clay Hensley. Nashville batters produced three straight one-out singles, the last of which by Joe Koshasky brought home Hernan Iribarren from second with the tying run.
Hensley departed after only one inning of work after suffering a left groin strain while warming up to start his second frame of action.
Gulin's wildness haunted him again in the third when the left-hander walked the bases loaded to open the frame then, after inducing a grounder that forced a runner at the plate, walked Matranga to force in Andy Gonzalez.
Reliever Matt Ginter took over on the hill and worked out of his inherited one-out, bases-loaded jam by inducing an inning-ending double play grounder from Buente.
Gulin (5-7) took the loss after he walked a season-high nine batters in his 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit during his shortest outing of the year.
Z's right fielder Jai Miller increased the visitors' lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth with a two-out solo homer off the clubhouse building in right-center. The blast, which came against Ginter, was his ninth of the year.
New Orleans finished off the night's scoring with three eighth-inning runs off Ryan Houston. John Raynor and Mayorson offered RBI singles before Cameron Maybin added a sacrifice fly.
Buente (3-0) picked up the win in relief for New Orleans. He allowed one run on four hits in three innings of work.
The clubs continue the series with a 12 p.m. matinee on Wednesday afternoon at Greer Stadium. Left-hander Chris Narveson (3-3, 3.91) will make the start for the Sounds to face New Orleans southpaw Andrew Miller (0-1, 11.57).
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