Zephyrs 4, Storm Chasers 2
Catcher Kyle Skipworth hit two home runs, and New Orleans swept the four-game series against Omaha on Sunday at Zephyr Field.
The Zephyrs (11-13) won their fifth consecutive game for the first time since August, 2012. It was the Z’s first series sweep since July 2012.
With the Zephyrs leading 2-0, Skipworth led off the third inning with a homer to right field against Omaha starter John Lamb (0-5). New Orleans led 3-2 when Skipworth hit a one-out blast to center field in the seventh.
Josh Rodriguez had given the Z’s a 2-0 lead in the first when he homered with Brian Bogusevic aboard with one out.
What: New Orleans Zephyrs at Nashville Sounds
Where: Greer Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
When: 7:05 p.m.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RH Jay Rogers (0-1, 5.51 ERA) vs. Sounds RH Hiram Burgos (1-3, 6.50)
Broadcasts: WMTI 106.1 FM. MiLB.tv.
Even after Sunday’s 0-for-4, right fielder Kyle Jensen went 6-for-17 (.353) in the series. He drove in four runs and scored five.
Heading into the series, he’d gone 0-for-24 in his past nine games, including two games with a pinch-hit appearance.
Jensen was feeling weak on April 5 and went 0-for-3, then missed the next four games with a stomach virus. He returned April 10, going 1-for-4. He called he ailment “the plague.”
“I missed four games, but it took about a week for it to clear out,” he said. “It took me out of my rhythm. I’d started the season well (3-for-6).
“Now, I’ve got my strength back, and I’m getting back into a groove.”
The Storm Chasers are the only team in the PCL that doesn’t have a sacrifice bunt this season. Asked if that was part of Omaha’s aggressive offensive approach, manager Brian Poldberg said no. “We’ve attempted them, just haven’t gotten ’em down,” he said. “We’ve tried five or six. Two actually went for base hits. The other four, we didn’t get ’em down.” … After entering the series with a .140 batting average with runners in scoring position in home games, the Zephyrs went 17-for-41 (.417) on RISPs against the Chasers. Catcher Rob Brantly led the way by going 4-for-7 (.571).
… The Zephyrs begin a stretch in which 16 of their next 20 games are on the road. The Z’s next home series is May 6-9 against the Iowa Cubs. … Nashville is 12-11, second in the American South Division. The Sounds are 14th in the 16-team Pacific Coast League in hitting (.248) and are last in RBI (77) and walks (52). The Zephyrs are 15th in hitting (.241). Pitching-wise, the Sounds are second in earned-run average at 3.70, third in fewest hits allowed and first in fewest home runs allowed (13). … New Orleans’ pitchers have the most strikeouts (213) in the PCL but have issued the second-most walks (96).