The Zephyrs lost 2-1 to the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday afternoon at Zephyr Field after failing to take advantage of scoring opportunities in both the seventh and ninth innings.
First, with one out and the tying run on third, reliever Fernando Rodriguez struck out Austin Wates and forced Brandon Bantz to fly out to the right-field warning track, ending the seventh.
In the ninth, Jordany Valdespin reached on an infield hit near the mound, then moved to second after closer Chad Smith’s errant toss to first. But Miguel Rojas grounded out, and Scott Sizemore’s slap to shallow center was grabbed by second baseman Joey Wendle.
For the game, the Zephyrs stranded six.
The Zephyrs dropped to 8-10, and the Sounds improved to 9-10. The Zephyrs will have a day off before starting a four-game weekend series with the visiting Memphis Redbirds at 7 p.m. Thursday.
From both sides
Rojas (1-for-3) had his second home run of the season, a solo shot off ambidextrous starter Pat Venditte in the fifth. Sizemore followed with a double to left, knocking Venditte out of the game.
But his replacement, R.J. Alvarez, also an ambidextrous pitcher, entered, earning his first win (1-0) by pitching scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth.
Zephyrs starter Pat Misch allowed three consecutive hits to start the third, including Joey Wendle’s line-drive double that gave Nashville a 1-0 lead. Kent Matthes followed with a sacrifice fly to center.
Wendle posted his fifth double of 2015; Sizemore had his second. ... Tuesday’s game marked the sixth time this month that New Orleans has scored one or zero runs in a losing effort. Nashville started this series Saturday with a 5-0 win. ... Tuesday was Kids Day at Zephyr Field; youngsters from New Orleans’ surrounding parishes filled most of the stadium’s seats. Attendance checked in at 7,987.