Zephyrs 11, Sounds 1

Nashville , Tennessee — The New Orleans Zephyrs jumped on the Nashville Sounds early with three first-inning runs and cruised to an 11-1 win at Greer Stadium on Thursday.

The Zephyrs sent seven batters to the plate and Sounds starter Ariel Pena (4-6) walked three batters and uncorked four wild pitches in the inning. The Z’s led 1-0 when Juan Diaz singled scoring two runs.

Alex Sanabia (3-2) pitched six innings allowed one run on seven hits and earned the win for the Zephyrs.

Christian Yelich in his Zephyrs debut belted a three-run home run. Yelich is on a rehab assignment from the Miami Marlins recovering from a back injury. He added a RBI in the fifth inning on a ground out.

Zack Cox had three hits and an RBI for the Zephyrs.

Friday’s game

WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs (42-37) at Nashville Sounds (40-40)

WHERE: Greer Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

WHEN: 7:05 p.m.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Brian Flynn (7-5, 3.56 ERA) vs. Sounds RH James Nelson (8-2, 1.79 ERA)

BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv

Marlins retain Zephyrs as Triple-A affliate

The Zephyrs will remain the Miami Marlins’ Triple A farm club through at least 2016. The teams announced the extension of their player development contract which has been in place since 2009.

“With its great facility and tremendous support from general manager Mike Schline and his staff, New Orleans is an ideal players development partner,” Marlins director of player development Brian Chattin said.

“The past seven years with the Zephyrs have been very enjoyable for our players and staff. We are thrilled to be continuing this productive affiliation.”

The Zephyrs currently sit in first place in the Pacific Coast League’s South Division, and are in search of a third straight season, finishing .500 or better for the first time since moving to New Orleans in 1993.