Sounds Score 12 For Series Sweep
METAIRIE, La. - The Nashville Sounds exploded to score 12 runs and sweep the New Orleans Zephyrs on Wednesday afternoon at Zephyr Field in the finale of a four-game series.
With the best record in the Pacific Coast League at 14-6, Nashville has already recorded its second sweep of the season and move to a PCL best 11-1 on the road.
Sounds starting pitcher Chase Wright (2-0) had a career day, allowing six hits with a strikeout and a walk over seven shutout innings in his team-leading third quality start of the season. The southpaw also went a career high 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored at the plate.
Nashville recorded both season-highs with 12 runs and 17 hits in the victory, while going 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy posted a season-high four hits, while infielders Eric Farris and Ray Olmedo each added two hits and three runs scored.
Wright helped his own cause in the top of the third inning, singling to left field to begin the rally. Farris followed with another base hit and moved Wright to third base. Olmedo then sacrificed Wright home for the club's first run with Joe Koshansky and Lucroy driving home the next two runs for a Nashville 3-0 lead.
The Sounds extended the lead in the following frame, scoring both runs with two outs for a 5-0 advantage. Farris doubled and again was brought home by Olmedo for the first run. Adam Heether then doubled home Olmedo for the other score.
Nashville tacked on three additional runs in the in the top of the sixth inning, as Wright reached base via walk to start the damage. After Olmedo singled again, Wright scored his second run on a Hector Luna throwing error. Koshansky drove home the next run with another base-knock to right field, with Norris Hopper plating the final run of the inning with an infield groundout.
Wright led off the following inning with his third hit of the game, followed by Farris' second double that advanced Wright to third. After an Olmedo walk, Heether was hit by Chris Schroder's first pitch of the at-bat that brought home Wright and made it 9-0. Lucroy's fourth hit brought home the next run, with Hopper and Johnny Raburn each drawing based loaded walks for a 12-0 lead.
New Orleans' lone run came in the eighth inning as outfielder Jason Lane singled home pitcher Taylor Tankersley.
Zephyrs starting pitcher Jorge Sosa was taken out the game after the fourth inning after allowing five runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts to earn the loss (1-1). Schroder was tagged for four runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief.
A.J. Murray allowed one run in one inning in relief while Mitch Stetter ended the contest with a scoreless frame.
After an off day tomorrow, the Sounds travel back to Music City to welcome the 2009 PCL Champion and American Northern division-rival Memphis Redbirds for Thursday evening's 7:05 pm CT contest at historic Greer Stadium. Right-hander Kameron Loe (2-1, 3.70) takes the hill for Nashville against Redbirds southpaw Evan MacLane (1-2, 3.71).
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