NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds fought off a late rally by the New Orleans Zephyrs in game two of Wednesday's doubleheader to win 3-2 and sweep the twinbill.
In the game's final inning, the Zephyrs broke Nashville's streak of 17 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, which spanned three games, on Taylor Harbin solo home run to left field. The shot came off reliever Donovan Hand, who later allowed an RBI-double to Brian Bogusevic, cutting the Sounds' lead to one.
Hand held on though, stranding the game-tying runner on third base with a fly-out to earn his 5th save of the season.
The two victories on the day move Nashville (14-12) into a first-place tie with Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division. The night also marks Nashville's first doubleheader sweep since July 14, 2011 against Albuquerque.
Nashville established its game two lead with singles from Caleb Gindl, Hunter Morris and Jeremy Hermida in the first inning. Hermida's RBI-single got behind New Orleans right-fielder Jake Marisnick, who was charged with a fielding error that scored Morris on the play, for a 2-0 lead.
The Sounds picked up one additional run in the home half of the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference. Pete Orr tapped a sacrifice bunt, scoring pinch-hitter Eugenio Velez, who doubled to the gap in right-center to reach base.
Spot starter Alfredo Figaro held the Zephyrs to two hits through four scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one walk, before Brent Leach (1-0) entered in the fifth. He picked up the win with a scoreless frame, twirling a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Rehabbing Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer went 1-for-3 on the night, batting from the lead-off spot. He picked up his lone hit by legging out an infield single in the fifth.
The Sounds wrap the four-game series with a 7:05 p.m. finale on Thursday evening. Left-hander Brad Mills (2-0, 2.95) will toe the slab for the Sounds to face New Orleans right-hander Bryan Evans (3-1, 5.13). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 The Game.