The New Orleans Zephyrs took a 4-0 lead by the fourth inning and held off Nashville in their American South Division game Sunday at Zephyr Field.
The victory, the fourth in five games, gave the Zephyrs (8-9) a 2-0 lead in the series.
“We’ve gotten better in situational hitting,” manager Andy Haines said. “We have to do well in that aspect because this is not a team with a lot of pop in the middle of the lineup.”
However, Vinny Rottino scored in the second on Nashville third baseman Ryan Roberts’ error of a grounder by Scott Sizemore. Brady Shoemaker later scored on Austin Wates’ grounder. In the fourth, second baseman Derek Dietrick homered after Rottino walked.
The Sounds pulled to a run of the lead in the seventh on shortstop Niuman Romero’s one-out RBI single. However, reliever Vin Mazzaro (1-1) didn’t allow a hit in the final two innings, striking out four.
Shortstop Miguel Rojas’ 12-game hitting streak ended, as well as a six-game run by Wates, an outfielder.
Rojas came into the game tied for the longest streak in the Pacific Coast League this season. Batting .340 this season, He’d hit .381 (16-for-42) during the streak.
“I know who I am as a hitter now,” said Rojas, who was a late-inning defensive replacement with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. “I worked with (hitting coach Damon Minor) during spring training. I used to try to hit the ball too hard.
Miguel went 0-for-4. Wates, who also hit .381 (8-for-21) during his streak, went 0-for-3 Sunday.
The Zephyrs, who came into the game second in the PCL in fielding at .985 did not commit an error. They have made one in their past six games. … Dietrich’s homer was his fourth this season in 17 games. Last season, he came down from the Marlins, socked seven in 21 games and was called back up. … Zephyrs relievers allowed all three runs Sunday after starter Jose Urena shut out Nashville over four innings. Z’s relievers had allowed just two runs in four inning heading into the game. Urena started for the first time since making his major league debut with the Marlins.