The New Orleans Zephyrs defeated the visiting Nashville Sounds 5-1 on Thursday in Game 2 of the American Conference Championship Series. The Zephyrs take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series with the win.
Zephyrs starting pitcher Jason Vargas (1-0) had a spectacular outing in his start, earning the win after throwing six innings and giving up three hits and one run overall. The bullpen only gave up one additional hit the rest of the game to seal the victory.
Right fielder Chad Hermansen, acquired late in the season from Albuquerque, led the Zephyrs offensively knocking in two runs and going 3-4 overall, including a triple.
Second baseman David Newhan also was 3-4 and drove in one run for New Orleans.
First baseman Andy Tracy, the Zephyrs regular season home runs leader with 23, belted a two-run homer in the 1st inning to get the Zephyrs an early lead they would never reliquish in the game.
Sounds starting pitcher Adam Pettyjohn (0-1) gets the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings of play.
With the Zephyrs winning their games at home, the team only needs to take one of three games at Nashville to advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series. The next potential Zephyrs home game would be Tuesday September 11 at 7:00 PM CT should the Zephyrs advance. The team will attempt to reach the next round beginning Friday at Nashville in a game scheduled for 7:00 PM CT.
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