Pair of home runs power Sounds to victory in 2011 season opener

Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:37pm
Staff reports

Newcomers Brandon Boggs and Edwin Maysonet hit home runs, and starting pitcher Amaury Rivas allowed three hits in seven innings as the Nashville Sounds opened the 2011 season with a 5-1 victory over New Orleans on Thursday before 7,144 at Greer Stadium.

Boggs, the left fielder, broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. Maysonet, the shortstop, followed with a solo shot two batters later.

That was more than enough for Rivas, a 25-year-old right-hander in his sixth professional season — all in the Milwaukee organization. He allowed two singles and a double, did not walk anyone and struck out two.

Rivas retired 14 straight at one point and threw 77 pitches before he gave way to Mike McClendon, who allowed two hits but no runs over the final two innings.

Leadoff hitter Eric Farris was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored, and Mat Gamel and Zelous Wheeler added two hits each for the Sounds, who had 13 hits against three different New Orleans pitchers.

Nashville and New Orleans are scheduled to play three more games in the season-opening series — 7 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.