Colorado Springs’ Kyle Parker dribbled a slow roller about 20 feet up the third base line that went for an infield hit, scoring Jason Pridie from third with the winning run in the sixth inning Monday at Zephyr Field.
Relief pitcher Sam Dyson fielded the ball with no play rather than give it a chance to roll foul.
The Sky Sox (9-9) took a 2-1 lead in the series, with the final game today. New Orleans (6-13) lost for the ninth time in 11 home games.
What: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
When: 11 a.m.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RH Jay Rogers (0-1, 5.84 ERA) vs. LH Tyler Matzek (1-0, 5.00)
Broadcasts: WMTI 106.1 FM. WiLB.tv
Jackson Williams is one of three capable Sky Sox catchers, joining Matt McBride and Michael McKenry.
McBride is on the seven-day disabled list, but he has been playing mostly at first base, Manager Glenallen Hill said.
Williams is in his first year with Colorado Springs after three years with Fresno. After being drafted in the first round (43rd overall) in 2007, he was in the San Francisco Giants’ organization for seven years. Not much future in an organization where Buster Posey is with the big-league team at your position.
“I don’t think there’s a better receiver in the minor leagues,” Hill said. “He has a quick release when it comes to throwing base-runners out, and he has quick transition — catch and release.”
Williams threw out at least 20 base-runners in each of the past two seasons.
“Hitting has not been one of his strong qualities,” Hill said. “We’re working on his balance, rhythm and timing.
“He’s becoming the player he was when he got drafted. He was trying to become the player he felt he needed to be to get to the big leagues, and he kind of got away from being the player he is.”
Left-hander Brian Flynn was chosen Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for April 14-20. He held Iowa to one hit in seven innings of a 1-0 win on Friday, outdeuling Tsuyoshi Wada, who was for the award the weeek before. … Miami Marlins roving infield instructor Jorge Hernandez is with the Z’s for this series. Hernandez came to New Orleans after spending a series in Jupiter, Fla., with players in the Marlins’ extended spring. Before that, he worked in the Dominican spring league. Next, he’ll go to AA Jacksonville. “At (the AAA) level, I do more cleaning up guys’ mechanics and footwork,” he said. “I make sure the guys are following the program, doing what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s a general checklist. At the lower levels, it’s definitely more instruction, more coaching. At every level, (infielders) play multiple positions, and and it’s for third basemen and first basemen is different than for middle infielders. I do reports for the (vice president) of player development (Marty Scott).” … The Colorado Rockies called up infielder Charlie Culberson from the Sky Sox to replace Michael Cuddyer, who was placed on the disabled list. Culberson, who hit 2-for-4 in the Sky Sox’s 2-0 win Sunday against the Zephyrs, was batting .429.