Rob Brantly scored on Mark Canha’s foul fly to left field in the bottom of the 12th inning, and New Orleans snapped a five-game losing streak Sunday at Zephyr Field.
Brantly led off the 12th with a double down the right-field line against reliever Jose De La Torre. The next two hitters — Austin Wates and Ed Lucas — were walked intentionally to set up double-play opportunities at every base.
Nashville (62-54) had scored two runs in the eighth against reliever Chaz Roe to take a 3-1 lead. Logan Schafer led off with a shot to deep right field. The Zephyrs’ Kyle Jensen leaped high for the catch, but the ball popped out of his glove when he hit the wall. One out later, Jason Rogers’ ground-rule double brought in Schafer, and former LSU first baseman Matt Clark singled in Rogers.
The Z’s (57-59) answered in the bottom of the inning when Justin Bour hit a bases-loaded single off the glove of Sounds second baseman Eugenio Velez. It scored Wates and Lucas, tying the score.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Nashville Sounds
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 7 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Brad Penny (1-2, 2.91 ERA) vs. Sounds RH Ariel Pena (8-6, 4.36)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM 106.1; MiLB.tv
Former LSU player Clark had to try a different path as he hopes to reach the major leagues.
Clark, who came to LSU from Riverside Community College, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2008 after tying for the most home runs (28) in the NCAA that season.
He spent five seasons in the Padres’ organization, moving through their system. However, having gotten no shot at the majors, he spent 2013 with the Chinuchi Dragons of the Japanese League. There, he batted just .238 in 132 games but had 25 home runs, 14 doubles, 70 RBI and 56 runs. He also struck out 130 times.
He came back to the United States for this season, signing a minor league contract with the New York Mets and spending part of the season with Double-A Binghamton, where he batted .297 with 10 homers and 46 RBI.
However, he got his release when the Mets wouldn’t put him on their 40-man roster. On July 4, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, a team in need of hitting and whom he felt he had an opportunity to get a call-up.
He is batting .263 with four homers and 14 RBI in 27 games.
When Juan Diaz homered in the fifth inning Sunday, it was only the third in 125 1/3 innings against Nashville pitching. … The Zephyrs had batted .216 against Nashville coming into this series. Their only worse batting average against an opponent this season is against Iowa (.214). … When Zephyrs right-hander Bryan Evans uncorked a wild pitch in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game, it was his 14th, tying him for the Pacific Coast League lead with former Zephyr Henry Rodriguez. Rodriguez held the lead even though he was released by the Z’s on June 11. … Coming into this series, Nashville had the second-fewest road wins (23) and had gone 15-23 in their last 38 road games. … Zephyrs radio color analyst Ron Swoboda had emergency appendectomy surgery on Friday and is expected to return to the air at the start of the next home series against Tacoma, play-by-play broadcaster Tim Grubbs said.