Zerphyrs 3, Round Rock 2
Jordan Brown singled in Nick Green, then scored when Wilson Valdez reached on an error as New Orleans scored two runs in the seventh to get its second consecutive win against Round Rock.
Dan Jennings pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Chris Hatcher got the side out in the ninth to get his PCL-leading fourth save.
The Express had tied the score 1-1 in the sixth when Greg Milcat scored as Engel Beltre was picked off between first and second base. Round Rock took the lead in the seventh when Robinson Chirinos drove in Yangervis Solarte with a single to center field.
The Zephyrs broke a scoreless tie in the second when Matt Diaz hit a one-out infield single, stole second and came home on Jordan Brown’s double.
Zach Phillips (1-0), who replaced starter Elih Villanueva in the sixth, got the victory. Round Rock’s Collin Balester (1-1) was the loser.
WHAT: Round Rock Express at New Orleans Zephyrs.
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.6, in New Orleans.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Round Rock—RH Josh Lindblom (0-0, 1.29 ERA). New Orleans—RH Tom Koehler (0-0, 0.82 ERA).
PROMOTIONS: Kid’s Day. Children ages 2-12 discounted to $5 admission. Pregame entertainment from Space Walk Inflatables; run the bases after the game. Bark in the Park. Bring your dog and enjoy the game on The Levee. First 500 receive T-shirts from Cane’s.
San Francisco Giants territorial scout Tom Korenek was at the game looking at both New Orleans Zephyrs and Round Rock Express prospects, he said Saturday. The Express has young prospects such as Chris McGuiness, who isn’t on the major league roster, and Mike Olt, the No. 2 prospect in their organization, who is. Both are first basemen. The Z’s have 20 players with major league experience who may be able to help a team now, if a trade were to take place.
When Zephyrs designated hitter Diaz reached base in the second inning, he stole second base. It was Diaz’s third stolen base of the season, breaking a tie with Gorkys Hernandez and Kevin Mattison, who each have two. Diaz scored from second on a double by Brown. It was the second consecutive game Diaz helped stake the Zs to an early lead. In Friday’s opener, he hit an RBI single in the three-run first, and the Z’s won 3-1.
I’LL TAKE TWO
The Z’s came into Saturday’s game second in the PCL in double plays with 15, one behind Albuquerque. New Orleans got a double play in the third inning, giving it three in the series so far. Round Rock’s Chris McGuiness singled, and the next batter, shortstop Miclat then grounded into a 6-3-1 double play.
Express batters had struck out 79 times entering Saturday. Olt, the Rangers’ No. 2 prospect, had 15, and Jim Aducci (14). Round Rock had the second-most behind Tacoma, which had 81. The Express struck out five times against the Z’s on Saturday.
ON THE HILL
In Sunday’s game, the Zephyrs will pitch ace right-hander Tom Koehler (0-0, 0.82 ERA) against Round Rock right-hander Josh Lindblom (0-0, 1.29).