Brad Penny (2-2) allowed three hits over six innings, and Justin Bour figured in three runs and Brian Bogusevic two on Monday for Zephyrs second consecutive victory.
The Zephyrs (58-59) took a two games to one lead in the series against the Sounds (62-55) , the American Southern Division leaders, with the series finale Tuesday.
Bour drove in Austin Wates from third with a two-out single in the first inning. Bour doubled in the fourth and scored on Bogusevic’s double.
In the sixth, Bour led off with a single, beating a shift he has had to face, and scored on Ed Lucas’ fly to right. Bogusevic, who’d walked after Bour singled, scored on a two-out infield single by Zack Cox.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Nashville Sounds
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 7 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Elih Villanueva (9-7, 3.73) vs. Sounds RH Donovan Hand (1-6, 4.66)
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Zephyrs veteran right-hander Brad Penny had a clause in his contract that allowed him to opt out of his contract on the July 31st trading deadline if the parent Miami Marlins did not bring him up to the Major Leagues by then.
Penny, 36, who won a World series ring with the Marlins in 2003, was not called up. However, he did not opt out, either.
“I called them (Marlins General Manager Dan Jennings), but they haven’t called me back,” Penny said. “So, I’m going to just keep pitching.”
Asked if he could still opt out, he said, “I don’t see how they can stop me.”
Penny said he knew, like everyone, that the Marlins were pursuing a starting pitcher. They obtained Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros on Thursday.
Before Monday night, Penny had made four starts with the Zephyrs and had one bad outing — a 13-4 loss on July 23 at Iowa. However, even though the Cubs scored eight runs in 4.2 innings against him, only three runs were earned.
He came back last Wednesday against Iowa at Zephyr Field and allowed just two runs on five hits in six innings, striking out seven. But he was the losing pitcher in a 2-1 game. In his other two starts, he has allowed two runs and zero runs.
Penny took off last year to allow his body to heal from injuries. With 27 days left in the season, he has about five more starts with the Z’s, barring a move by the Marlins or him. Time to build that resume for offseason free agency opportunities.
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic was activated from the disabled list and was in the starting lineup Monday. He had been on the DL since June 24 with a lower shine fracture and had been on rehab assignment since Thursday with the rookie league GCL Marlins. In three games, he went 3-for-9 with a three-run homer. … Outfielder Alfredo Silverio was placed on the DL with a bruised ankle. … Pitcher Donnie Joseph was outrighted to the Z’s and pitcher Casey McCarthy was sent back down to Single-A Jupiter. … When Penny took the mound for the second inning Monday, it marked the first time in 66 innings a Zephyrs hurler pitched with a lead. The Z’s had two wins in that span, but both were walk-off victories. … When center fielder Austin Wates blooped a single to center fielder leading off the bottom of the first inning, it pushed his hitting streak to a season-high eight games. He’d had seven-game hitting streaks twice this season. Wates, who played with Oklahoma City and was acquired Thursday in the trade with the Houston Astros, has gotten at least one hit in each of his four games since coming to the Zephyrs. … New Orleans has not lost a season series against Nashville since 2011, going 4-12 against the Sounds.