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Z's Fall 7-5 in Front of Season's Largest Crowd

September 5, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - New Orleans Baby Cakes News Release

In front of the largest crowd of the season at Zephyr Field, it was the Nashville Sounds who felt right at home, jumping out to a 7-0 lead, then holding off a late Zephyrs rally to down New Orleans 7-5 on Sunday.

With a crowd of 10,329 in attendance on Fan Appreciation Night, the Sounds grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Brendan Katin's two-run homer off Zephyrs starter Wes Whisler (3-7).

Nashville added three more runs in the second, taking advantage of three Whisler walks in the inning. Again, it was Katin who dealt the big blow, a two-run double with two out, extending the lead to 5-0.

Eric Farris added to Whisler's woes in the fourth, belting a home run to left, and Martin Maldonado's RBI single an inning later chased Whisler from the game, the Zephyrs' starter departing with an apparent injury after throwing two pitches to the next batter.

Wade Korpi came out of the bullpen to make his Triple-A debut, and silenced the Sounds, retiring all 10 batters he faced to keep the Zephyrs in the game.

New Orleans responded with an RBI single in the fifth by Greg Burns, who was also making his Triple-A debut, and Mike Lamb's solo homer in the sixth cut the deficit to 7-2.

The Z's edged closer in the eighth, as Bryan Petersen led off the inning with his fifth home run of the season. Run-scoring ground outs by Lamb and Chris Aguila brought the Zephyrs within 7-5, but they would get no closer.

The Zephyrs put the tying run on base against Sounds closer Chris Smith with two outs in the ninth, after back-to-back singles by Gookie Dawkins and Petersen, but Danny Richar tapped a ground ball in front of the plate to end the threat, giving Smith his PCL-leading 26th save.

Tim Dillard (5-7) scattered seven hits and yielded two runs over seven innings to pick up the win. Whisler allowed seven runs - six earned - on seven hits with five walks in 4 2/3 innings to suffer the defeat.

The Zephyrs play their 2010 season finale on Monday, a 1:00 p.m. contest with the Sounds.


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