SOUNDS 6, ZEPHYRS 3
Left fielder Matt Carson hit a three-run home run in the second inning, and Nashville stayed in control the rest of the way Tuesday at Zephyr Field in a game called in the top of the sixth inning due to rain.
The victory gave the Sounds (29-31) the series, three games to one. The loss was the sixth in eight games for the Zephyrs (28-30).
The Z’s are off Wednesday before beginning a four-game home series against defending Triple-A champion Omaha.
“This off day couldn’t come at a better time,” Manager Andy Haines said. “We flew in (Saturday) from Tacoma for a game, had a day game (Sunday), a doubleheader Monday and a day game (Tuesday). The guys are worn out.”
Solo homers by Derek Dietrich in the fourth and Isaac Galloway in the fifth pulled New Orleans to 5-3. However, with a light rain continuing to fall, Nashville’s Craig Gentry singled between third base and shortstop in the sixth, scoring Carson from second.
Zephyrs shortstop Miguel Rojas slipped on the play, prompting the umpires to call for a second rain delay. After 28 minutes, the game was called. There was a 1-hour, 42-minute delay before the game, which was to start at 11 a.m.
After pitching Monday night in a rehab start, Miami Marlins right-hander Mat Latos was in the Zephyrs’ locker room Tuesday morning. However, Latos said he was on his way back to Miami.
Initially, Matos, who’d had inflammation in his left knee, was to make two rehab starts. However, it was changed to one, depending on how he looked in Monday’s start.
“The knee is not even an issue,” said Matos, even though it was wrapped in ice after Monday’s game. “A couple of weeks ago, I’d gotten hit on my (left) ankle by a line drive, and that contributed to things, also.”
Latos was to make 85 to 90 pitches but wound up throwing 99. He didn’t want to come out after Nashville loaded the bases with two out in the fourth inning.
He allowed one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings, striking out five but walking four.
“I needed to be more aggressive in the strike zone,” he said. “I was trying to hit the corners too much. But it was good to get out there, and I’m ready to go from here.”
A HITTER’S HOPE
Galloway’s homer in the fifth inning Tuesday was an encouraging sign. He came into the game hitting .213. And, the home run came after he got perhaps the biggest hit in the series on Monday.
In the completion of a game that had been suspended April 27 due to rain, Galloway hit a two-out, two-strikes, bases-loaded single through the right side of the infield against Nashville’s Arnold Leon, driving in two runs that tied the score. Austin Wates followed with a single for the go-ahead run in the victory.
“It felt really good to get that hit, to help the team,” Galloway said. “We’ve been struggling at the plate, especially me.”
Galloway had gotten just three hits in his previous 24 at-bats.
“I’ve just been working on being more selective, waiting on good pitches,” he said. “I was too aggressive. But I don’t try to be a power hitter, and I do bunt every now and then to try to get on.”