Mark Canha brought in two runs with a two-out single in the first and a solo home run in the eighth, and left-hander Adam Conley held Omaha to five hits over seven innings Saturday night at Zephyr Field.
The victory was the third consecutive against the Storm Chasers and the fourth in a row overall for the Zephyrs (10-13) — the first time since last Aug. 16-19 that was accomplished.
The Z’s scored their other run in the fifth when Kyle Jensen’s groundout scored Matt Angle.
Arquimedes Carminero allowed one hit over the final two innings for his first save.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Omaha Storm Chasers
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
WHEN: 1 p.m. PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Elih Villanueva (0-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. Storm Chasers LH John Lamb (0-4, 5.41)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv.
After signing with the Miami Marlins on April 7, former Tulane standout pitcher/outfielder Micah Owings headed for extended spring training work at the team’s Jupiter, Fla.
There, he has been getting in baseball shape for when he joins the Zephyrs. Although, it has been three weeks, Owings is not yet ready to come to New Orleans, Marlins director of player development Brian Chattin said.
“He hasn’t pitched in game action,” Chattin said. “He’s still getting stretched out in extended spring. We’ll let him get a few outings to get his pitch count up.”
Owings, who helped lead Tulane to the 2005 College World Series, was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Diamondbacks that year. He has played with Arizona, Cincinnati and San Diego in both pitcher and fielder roles. He spent last season in the minors, and hit .252 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 82 games.
However, he is trying to resurrect his career solely as a pitcher with the Marlins.
Former Negro League and minor league player Herb Simpson and former Tulane three-sport player and Cleveland Indians infielder Carl Lind were inducted into the Greater New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in an on-field ceremony during Saturday’s game.
Lind played from 1927-30 with Cleveland, and he and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Sewell set an American League one-season record of 187 double plays that stood for several years. Lind died in 1946 at age 42 in New York. Simpson, 93, played with the Seattle Steelheads, Birmingham Black Barons and Harlem Globetroters from 1946-50, the played with the Class A Spokane Indians (1951), Albuquerque Dukes (‘52-54) and AAA Oakland Acorns (‘54). …. Former Jesuit High School and UNO standout Johnny Giavotella continued his Zephyr Field tear in Friday night’s game. Giavotella, playing third base for the Storm Chasers, batted 3-for-4, raising his season average to .392. Heading into Saturday’s game of this series, he has gone 6-for-9 (.667), with three RBIs and three runs. In 16 career games at Zephyr Field entering Saturday’s game, he’d hit 28-for-64 (.438) with 16 RBI. Counting all games against the Z’s since he has been in triple-A, he has hit 56-of-108 (.518).