Newcomer powers Sounds to season-opening victory

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:42am

A promising Triple-A debut by Hunter Morris lifted the Nashville Sounds to an Opening Night victory.

Morris homered and drove in four runs to lead the Sounds to a 5-4 win over New Orleans on a rainy Thursday night at Greer Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

In his first at-bat with the Sounds, the left-handed hitter swatted a two-run double and gave the Sounds a two-run lead. His two-run home run to right field in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie and put the Sounds in front for good. His two hits accounted for half of the Sounds’ offense. The bottom six hitters in the lineup went 0-for-17.

The 2012 Southern League MVP and the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league player of the year finished second last season in RBIs in all minor leagues.

Tyler Thornburg, the Brewers’ No. 2 prospect, allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven in five innings. He left with a 2-1 lead but was saddled with a no-decision after reliever Donovan Hand let up a run in the sixth. Donovan picked up the win thanks to Morris’ homer.

Rob Wooten secured his 59th minor league save. He left the game-tying run on third after allowing the Zephyrs to pull within one.

An announced crowd of 1,901 watched the Sounds win their third season opener in four years. The eight-game homestand continues on Friday with Brewers’ minor league pitcher of the year Hiram Burgos taking the mound.