Nashville received four walks in the top of the ninth inning in breaking a 2-2 tie Sunday at Zephyr Field, giving the Sounds a chance to earn a series split.
New Orleans reliever Henry Rodriguez walked the bases loaded, including two-out passes to Pete Orr and Eugenio Velez. Rodriguez was relieved by Collin Cargill, who walked the first batter he faced, Caleb Gindl. That scored Hector Gomez with the go-ahead run. Hunter Morrison then hit a hard grounder to first base that took a bad hop on Justin Bour for a single and Orr scored.
The Z’s had a chance in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two out. However, Jordany Valdespin struck out.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak by the Zephyrs, who had a chance to vault into second place in the American South Division, 1½ games behind Nashville.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Nashville Sounds
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 1 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Anthony DeSclafani vs. Sounds RH Mike Fiers (6-1, 2.43)
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.
Second baseman Miguel Tejada, signed to a minor-league contract by the Marlins on May 19, will begin playing games in extended spring training on Monday, said Marty Scott, the team’s vice president for player development.
“When we get reports that he is playing well in the games and he’s not sore, not sucking wind, then we will send him to (Double-A) Jacksonville,” Scott said.
Tejada, who turned 40 on Sunday, is serving a 105-game suspension that began last season with Kansas City for using an amphetamine. His suspension will be up June 5. He has to play below the Triple-A level until the suspension ends. He likely will play 10 games at Jacksonville before a decision is made concerning his coming to New Orleans.
Tejada is a six-time All-Star and was the American League MVP in 2002.
“Right now, he’s not getting paid,” Scott said. “So that’s why it’s a no-brainer.”
Former Tulane outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who was a first-round draft choice of the Houston Astros in 2005 and plays left field for the Zephyrs, said coach Rick Jones’ contributions to Green Wave athletics as well as college baseball should always be remembered. Jones resigned Friday due to health concerns after 21 years at the helm. “He’s had a long career, a great career,” Bogusevic said. “He’s taken Tulane to places that it had never been before he got there. There are a lot of people who are very grateful, including myself for all the things he’s done.” Tulane reached the College World Series in 2005 under Jones, and Bogusevic was a key member of that team. “Three three years that I was there, it was kind of a building process,” Bogusevic said. “It started off my first year; we had a lot of freshmen, a very young team, and he molded us for the future. By the time we left, we made it to the World Series.” Jones was known as a fiery coach. “Coming in there as a freshman, he kind of scared you a little bit, but in a good way, to the point that you didn’t want to disappoint him,” he said. “He built you up into the player he thought you could be and the person he thought you could be.”