Zephyrs 13, Express 4
Right fielder Kyle Jensen went 5-for-5, hitting two home runs and two doubles in driving in six runs, as New Orleans won the series finale at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, on Monday.
Mark Canha (3-for-5) also hit two homers, plating three runs, as the Zephyrs banged out 18 hits. Josh Rodriguez, Jake Marisnick and Kyle Skipworth each got two hits.
The win was the second in three games for the Z’s, who completed their eight-game road trip with a 3-5 mark, during which they lost four consecutive games.
What: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Iowa Cubs
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie
When: 7 p.m.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RH Bryan Evans (3-1, 5.13 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Tsuyoshi Wada (4-1, 0.57)
Broadcasts: WTMI-FM, 106.1. MiLB.tv.
Wada, 33, pitched in the Japanese League from 2003-2011 with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. He was the league’s Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-Star.
However, he has a history of elbow injuries.
He had signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, but had Tommy John surgery in May, 2012, costing him that season. He was signed by the Cubs in December.
Wada has an unorthodox delivery to make up for average speed on his fastball (85-92 mph). He has a deceptive arm swing and release points. He complements his fast ball with a solid slider and changeup and has good command of his pitches.
Early in his career, he was known to give up a lot of home runs, but since 2005 has allowed fewer each season.
Zephyrs left fielder Brian Bogusevic played for Iowa last season, batting .317 in 79 games. He spent 47 games with the parent Chicago Cubs, batting .273. He is on a five-game hitting streak with the Zephyrs. … Chris Hatcher, an All-Star last season as the Z’s closer, was suspended on May 2 for misconduct. Reliever Dan Jennings was optioned from the Marlins to the Zephyrs to make room for Miami pitcher Jacob Turner, who had been on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. Jennings had a 1.74 earned-run average with Miami. New Orleans also added infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin from extended spring training. Valdespin played in 160 games the past two seasons with the New York Mets. Reliever Matt Montgomery moved up to the Z’s from AA Jacksonville. He pitched just three innings with Jacksonville, allowing one run. Second baseman Taylor Harbin, who batted .133 in 14 games with the Z’s, was assigned to extended spring training, after which he will join Class A Batavia. ... The Zephyrs are 2-2 vs. Iowa, winning the opener and finale of the teams’ four-game series in April, including 1-0 masterpiece by left-hander Brian Flynn in the last game. … New Orleans got 81 hits in its eight-game road trip, including 31 for extra bases.