Sounds 7, Zephyrs 5
Nashville scored five runs on five hits in the eighth inning to gain a split of the four-game series Tuesday at Zephyr Field despite five home runs by New Orleans.
The Sounds (27-52) trailed 4-2 in the eighth before loading the bases on a single, a double and a walk. One run scored on a fielder’s choice grounder and another on a groundout. Then, Blake Davis greeted Chris Hatcher, who relieved Jonathan Albaladejo, with a double to center field, driving in two runs. Former Tulane standout Josh Prince plated the final run with a sacrifice fly to center, giving the Sounds a 7-4 lead.
Bryan Petersen homered to center leading off the eighth for the Zephyrs (40-39).
Matt Downs (first, sixth innings), Kyle Skipworth (fifth) and Kyle Jensen (sixth) also hit solo shots.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs at Round Rock Express
WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday
WHERE: Dell Diamond Stadium, Round Rock, Texas
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Jared Rogers (2-1, 4.56) vs. Express LH Brad Mills
BROADCAST: WMTI-FM, 106.1
Called up from AA Jacksonville, outfielder Kyle Jensen made an immediate impact, and impression, with the Zephyrs.
In his first at-bat Monday in the Z’s 7-2 victory against the Sounds, Jensen stroked a hard liner that hugged the left-field line for stand-up double. One-out later, he scored on catcher Koyie Hill’s double off the left-field wall.
Jensen was leading the Southern league with 16 homers and also had 16 doubles, so it appears he could help a Zephyrs lineup that needs a long-ball threat. However, he hit just .237 in AA.
“I had him in A ball (in 2011), and he was the Florida State league Player of the Year,” Zephyrs manager Ron Hassey said. “He has big-time power, he can supply some home runs for us, but he was also a good contact hitter the year I had him.”
The plan is to rotate Jensen at the corner outfield spots and designated hitter, Hassey said. He replaced Bryan Petersen in right on Monday night. In the upcoming series at Round Rock, Jensen will DH.
The Zephyrs have Wednesday off, then play four games at Round Rock, followed by three at Omaha. …The Zephyrs are 7-5 against the Express, including 3-1 at Round Rock. However, the Express took three of four against the Z’s at Zephyr Field in the team’s most recent meeting, May 28-31. This is the teams’ final series against each other this season. …Round Rock is 7-3 in its past 10 games, with former UNO outfielder Joey Butler hitting .368 (14-for-38) in that span. Butler is batting .330, fifth in the Pacific Coast League. During that span, he has increased his average from .319. …New Orleans leads the PCL in earned-run average (3.67) with Round Rock second (4.04). ...Round Rock’s Brad Mills (7-1) is fourth in the PCL in earned-run average (2.97). Doug Mathis (2-6) leads the Zephyrs and is ninth (3.72). Nashville’s Johnny Hellweg (2.82), who shut out the Zephyrs over six innings in the Sounds’ 1-0 win in Saturday’s series opener, leads the league. He has allowed just three earned runs in his past five games. … The Zephyrs have given up the second-fewest hits in the league (667), and the Express the fourth-fewest (679). … Express outfielder Engel Beltre was called up Sunday by the parent Texas Rangers for his Major League debut. He was hitting .300 with Round Rock. … Nashville, which has the worst record in the PCL, has nine players on the parent Milwaukee Brewers’ 40-man MLB roster. The Zephyrs have just four players on the Marlins’ 40-man.
7 p.m. Friday: RH Doug Mathis (2-6, 3.72) vs. RH Jake Brigham (1-1, 5.87)
7 p.m. Saturday: LH Brian Flynn (2-7, 4.03) vs. RH Evan Meek (1-3, 4.30)