Sounds 1, Zephyrs 0
Johnny Hellweg scattered six hits over six innings, as Nashville blanked New Orleans in the series opener Saturday night at Zephyr Field in Metairie.
Hellweg (7-4) won for the sixth time in his last seven outings, and Nashville moved to 26-50 on the season.
Sounds right fielder Sean Halton drove in the game’s only run with two outs in the sixth when he singled in Hanley Statia. Statia singled off the glove of Z’s pitcher Doug Mathis (2-8).
Mathis allowed four hits in 5.2 innings and struck out six.
The Zephyrs (38-39) got one hit in each of the first eight innings, but hit into four double plays. It marked the seventh time this season the Z’s were shutout.w
Sounds closer Rob Wooten got out all six batters he faced, striking out three, to notch his 15th save.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Nashville Sounds
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Brian Flynn (2-7, 4.11 ERA) vs. Sounds RH Hiram Burgos (0-2, 2.70)
BROADCAST: WMTI-FM, 106.1
It’s Boudreaux’s Birthday! Many of his mascot friends will attend the party, and there will be free birthday cake.
To help Boudreaux celebrate, it’s also Kids Day. Children of ages 2-12 are admitted for $5, and there will be pregame entertainment by Space Walk inflatables. And, after the game, children can run the bases and play catch on the field.
The Zephyrs placed third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle and activated catcher Jake Jefferies from the DL.
Meanwhile, center fielder Kevin Mattison, who hurt his knee when he fouled off a pitch in Thursday’s game against Oklahoma City, was in the lineup Saturday. He left Thursday’s game after two at-bats, sat out Friday’s series finale against the RedHawks and was said to be day-to-day.
Entering Saturday’s game, Mathis had given up 13 runs in 9.1 innings during his past two outings. Through his first 10 starts of the season, he was fourth in the Pacific Coast League with a 2.50 earned-run average. His start Saturday was his team-leading 13th this season. …New Orleans (27-0) is the only team in the PCL without a loss when leading after six innings and is one of two teams unbeaten when leading after seven innings. The Z’s are 30-0 in such games. The Sacramento River Cats are 38-0. … Friday night’s game marked the 10th involving the Zephyrs this season that finished with a 3-2 score. New Orleans is 7-3 in those games. The Zephyrs have had 19 one-run victories. They had 10 one-run wins last season. ….The Z’s have struck out 619 times this season, second-highest in the league. The Tacoma Rainiers have fanned 700 times. The Z’s are on pace to strike out 1,173 times; the franchise record for a season is 1,081 set in 2009. …Burgos, Sunday’s starting pitcher for the Sounds, is on a rehab assignment. He came from Brevard County, where he made one four-inning start. It is his fourth start for Nashville but first on a rehab assignment. …The Zephyrs have the best ERA in the league for June at 3.77. Nashville is second at 3.96. …Opponents have stolen 91 bases against the Sounds this season, the most allowed in the PCL. Nashville allowed 110 stolen bases in 2012. …Sounds pinch-hitters are 5-for-41 (.122). Statia, an infielder, has three of the hits (3-for-9).
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