NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds (42-41) offense exploded for 13 runs before 7,879 fans at Greer Stadium in Saturday night's 13-0 shutout victory over the first-place New Orleans Zephyrs.
The 13 runs by Sounds batters matches a season-high and the 13-run deficit is the largest since a 19-0 shutout at Colorado Springs in game one of doubleheader on August 4, 2011.
Morris, 2-for-4, got Nashville on the board in the 1st inning with a two-out single into left field. Later, the 25-year-old slugger connected for a two-run triple in the Sounds' five-run 5th inning to give Nashville a 4-0 advantage.
Halton, who matched a career-best four-hit night with two doubles and two singles, drove in Morris with a base-knock into left field. The Sounds continued for five runs in the fifth inning to make it 7-0 in favor of the home team.
Starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann (4-4) helped keep the Zephyrs off the board by delivering seven scoreless innings to secure his fourth win with the Sounds. The 24-year-old right-hander limited the Z's to two hits on the night, struck out eight batters, and escaped a bases-loaded one-out jam in the 4th inning with a strikeout followed by a groundout.
Jungmann has worked quality starts in each of his last two outings and improves his Greer Stadium record to 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA (7er/24.1ip). He helped his own cause by plating two Nashville runners with a single to right field in the 5th.
Pinch hitter Kevin Mattison batted for Jungmann in the 7th inning and drove a three-run triple to dead centerfield to give Nashville a 10-run advantage. Mattison came in to score via a Pete Orr infield single.
Newcomer Jason Rogers kept the six-run inning alive with a monster home run to dead center field, which scored two. In his first two Triple-A games, Rogers has a home run, triple, double and four RBIs.
Outfielder Caleb Gindl also contributed to the Sounds run column with his RBI single in the 4th inning, scoring Halton.
Relievers Arcenio Leon and Donovan Hand each pitched an inning of relief work to preserve the Sounds' PCL-leading 7th shutout of the year. It is the first time Nashville has recorded back-to-back shut out victories since June 2009.
The Sounds will look to win the series against New Orleans in Sunday's finale at 6:35 p.m. RHP Michael Blazek (0-3, 4.75) will take the hill for Nashville opposite the Z's LHP Brad Hand (2-0, 2.33). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 The Game.