METAIRIE — The Zephyrs began their homecoming celebration early Friday, scoring three runs on four hits in the first inning on their way to a 3-1 victory over Round Rock in their home opener.
Singles by Ed Lucas, Nick Green and Matt Diaz, and a two-run homer by Ben Lasater provided all the runs the Zephyrs would need. Lasater’s blast was his second of the season.
Zephyrs starter Jacob Turner pitched 2.1 innings, giving up five hits and Round Rock’s lone run. He left the game in the third inning after taking a line drive to his lower leg.
Team officials said he suffered a “contusion” and was removed as a precaution. After that, three Zephyrs relievers held Round Rock scoreless.
Green, who singled and scored on a single by Diaz, ended up going 3-for-3 on the night.
Home sweet home
After Friday’s win, the Zephyrs improved to 10-11 all-time in home openers and 10-7 in home openers at Zephyr Field. The team had won its previous three home openers, defeating Round Rock in 2010 and ’11.
Speaking of diamonds
There was a proposal on the field just before the top of the sixth inning. The intended groom brought his bride-elect onto the field under the ruse of participating in a trivia contest, one of the many games the Zephyrs promotional folks handle in between innings. She appeared to be very surprised when he dropped to one knee instead. The crowd roared when she said, “Yes.”
In that number
Friday night’s attendance was officially 8,991.
Rangers shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar was scratched from Round Rock’s lineup Thursday and out of the lineup Friday with soreness in his left side. According to MLB.com, he is slated to be re-evaluated Saturday. Profar has hit .250 with eight walks and three stolen bases in 32 plate appearances.
The Zephyrs and Round Rock will play three more games through Monday. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Right-hander Doug Mathis (0-0, 2.70 ERA) was the scheduled starter, but he relieved Turner in the third inning Friday. Saturday’s fans are also slated to receive a drawstring backpack.
Going to the dogs
Sunday is Zephyr Field’s annual “Bark at the Park.” Fans are invited to bring their dogs and watch the game from the levee in right field and visit with several pet-themed vendors. Proceeds will benefit the Louisiana SPCA. Naturally, Saints mascot Gumbo will be on hand.