Redhawks 8, Zephyrs 2
Right fielder George Springer and first baseman Jon Singleton hit back-to-back home runs leading off the eighth inning against reliever Chaz Roe on Thursday night at Zephyr Field.
It broke a 2-2 tie and started a six-run inning that gave Oklahoma City (6-2) the sweep of the four-game series.
New Orleans (1-7), which won its season-opener against Colorado Springs, has lost seven games in a row. The Zephyrs hit the road for four games at OKC followed by four at Iowa.
Oklahoma City first baseman Jon Singleton probably hasn’t made a big impression on Zephyrs fans during the series at Zephyr Field.
Singleton, 23, has hit just 2-for-8 going into Thursday’s final game in New Orleans. However, he is rated by Baseball America as the seventh overall prospect in the parent Houston Astros’ organization and the best first baseman in all minor league baseball.
He is hitting just .217 with one home run and seven RBIs.
“He’s a great prospect,” said one scout who represents a team in the American League West Division. “He’s a left-handed hitter with power who can use the whole field. And, he’s a pretty good defensive player.”
Maturity is another issue. Last season, he was suspended the first 50 games by Major League Baseball for using a non-performance enhancing drug. During that time, he apparently did more working out at Krispy Kreme than he did at the gym, as his weight balooned.
However, he hit well in the postseason last year, and once the season ended, however, he rededicated himself.
“You could tell right away that he had put in the work,” the scout said. “The organization likes him. They just want him to be mature and be smarter.”
The Zephyrs lead the PCL in fielding with a .988 percentage. Heading into Thursday, New Orleans pitchers were second in the league in strikeouts with 71. Iowa, whom the Z’s play in the next road series from April 15-18, leads the Pacific Coast League with 73. … They also are second in striko The Zephyrs lost six of their first seven games for the first time in franchise history. … First baseman Justin Bour was on a seven-game hitting streak heading into Thursday’s game. He was one of five players in the PCL to have a hit in their team’s first seven games. Bour was hitting .360 (9-for-25) entering Thursday, but the rest of the team was batting .172 (35-for-203). … When second baseman Taylor Harbin singled in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game. It was his first hit of the season. Before that hit, he was 0-for-12 and had struck out 10 times. In that game, the Zephyrs also got their first two double plays of the season.