Zephyrs 3,Round Rock 2
METAIRIE —Chris Hatcher worked out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth inning to preserve the victory Monday afternoon and give the New Orleans Zephyrs their first series victory against Round Rock since 2010.
The Zephyrs led 3-1 to open the ninth, but Yangervis Solarte and Jose Felix hit back-to-back singles off Hatcher. Mike Olt doubled to left-center, bringing in Solarte. But Hatcher got Chris McGuiness to foul out. After an intentional walk to Greg Miclat, he struck out Aaron Cunningham, then Jim Adduci grounded out to second, ending the game.
Dating to last season, it was Hatcher’s 15th consecutive save.
He entered the game in the eighth with runners on first and third and one out. Round Rock’s Joey Butler, a former UNO outfielder, grounded into a forceout that scored a run. Hatcher then got Robinson Chirinos to ground out to third, ending the threat.
Zephyrs starter Brad Hand (2-0) shut out the Express on three hits over 6.1 innings.
The Zephyrs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ed Lucas doubled and came home on Bryan Petersen’s single. New Orleans made it 2-0 in the third when Petersen again singled in Lucas, who had doubled.
The Zephyrs’ Matt Downs homered in the seventh.
Round Rock’s Ross Wolf (0-1) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and five hits.
What: Memphis Redbirds at Zephyrs.
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
When: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: WMTI-FM, 106.6
Probable pitchers: Memphis —LH John Gast (1-0, 0.00 ERA); New Orleans — RH Doug Mathis (1-0, 1.29).
Promotions: It’s Triple Play Taco Tuesday. For $10, you’ll receive an upper-deck ticket, a taco and a soda.
According to Baseball America and ESPN.com, the St. Louis Cardinals have the best farm system in baseball. They have six players on MLB.com’s top-100 list, including three with the Redbirds: outfielder Oscar Taveras (No. 3), pitcher Michael Wacha (No. 82) and second baseman Kolten Wong. (No. 79). Taveras, who has been compared to Vladimir Guerrero, was batting .364 going into Monday’s game at Oklahoma City. Wacha is said to have the best changeup in the organization, and Wong is batting .351 and is considered an excellent fielder.
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Right-hander David Aardsma was assigned to the Zephyrs from the Miami Marlins, who signed him to a minor league contract. Aardsma had 38 saves for the Seattle Mariners in 2009, then added 31 in 2010. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and was limited to five appearances in Triple-A. The New York Yankees signed before the season but later released him.