Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


E l Paso , Texas — El Paso’s Jake Goebbert had two home runs and seven RBIs to lead the Chihuahuas to an 8-4 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Thursday night.

The loss snapped the Zephyrs’ five-game win streak.

The Zephyrs got on the board first, scoring three times in the third inning. The Z’s got a two-run home run from Derek Dietrich. The second basemen has four home runs in six games.

El Paso answered in the bottom of the third inning. Z’s starter Bryan Evans allowed a base hit to Rico Noel and a walked Brooks Conrad when Goebbert hammered a three-run blast to right field to tie the game.

In the sixth inning, El Paso loaded the bases with two outs and Goebbert hit an opposite field line drive grand slam that just cleared the left field wall to give El Paso a 7-3 advantage.

Matt Wisler (3-4), a top San Diego Padres prospect, pitched six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits to earn the win. Edgar Olmos (0-1) pitched 1.2 innings, allowing one run and taking the loss.

The Z’s (36-31) have won 16 of their last 21 games remain in second place a game and a half back of Nashville.


The Zephyrs added pitcher Jesus Sanchez from Double-A Jacksonville and placed Taylor Krick on the disabled list. Justin Bour was optioned from the Marlins on Wednesday and will join the Zephyrs on Friday.

On Deck

The Zephyrs continue the eight-game road trip in Albuquerque. The Zephyrs and Isotopes play at 8:05 p.m. Friday at Isotopes Park. The Zephyrs will start right-hander Elih Villanueva (7-2, 2.63 ERA) against Albuquerque right-hander Jeff Bennett (3-1, 3.23).