Aces 6, Zephyrs 3
New Orleans had the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh and eighth innings, but scored one run against Reno reliever Kevin Munson on Saturday night a Zephyr Field.
The Zephyrs (61-67) lost their fourth in a row and seventh in eight games.
With the Z’s trailing 6-2 in the seventh, Justin Bour grounded into a double play, which scored Brian Bogusevic, and Kyle Jensen struck out.
In the eighth, pinch-hitter Kyle Skipworth and Bogusevic struck out and Kike Hernandez grounded out at second.
The Aces (70-58) scored five runs in the first four innings to back starter Mike Bolsinger (8-3), who allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, striking out 11. Reno won its fourth in a row.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Reno Aces
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 4 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Andrew Heaney (4-4, 3.99 ERA) vs. Aces RH Charles Brewer (6-9, 5.98)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv
Joey O’Gara is hoping he simply can pitch again during the final week or so of the season.
O’Gara has had complications resulting from thoracic outlet syndrome, which, according to the Mayo Clinic website, occurs when the vessels or nerves in the space between the collarbone and first rib become compressed, causing pain in the shoulders and neck and numbness in the fingers.
“Coming back and pitching again would kind of put a cap on my season,” he said.
O’Gara, a 26-year-old, 6-foot-7 right-hander, first experienced the condition, he said, in 2012 with Double-A Jacksonville.
“My neck swelled up pretty bad to where it was hard to swallow after I’d thrown,” he said. “For two or three weeks I felt some tingling in my hand and in my neck, and then it crept into my face.”
He had surgery in 2012 that required a rib to be moved and missed most of 2013. He has pitched 28.1 innings this season, including two with the Zephyrs on June 16 at Albuquerque.
However, he continues to have flare-ups. A nerve study came back negative, giving him hope. On Wednesday at Zephyr Field, he threw 25 pitches in a simulated game.
“He throws a heavy ball in the mid-90s (mph) with a hard sink,” said Zephyrs manager Andy Haines. “That’s impressive. The ball just explodes at the hitters.
“We want him to get healthy for his career so he can do what we know he can do.”
The Marlins optioned pitcher Anthony DeSclafani back to New Orleans after his third stint with the big-league team. DeSclafani, who had made five starts with Miami during the previous two call-ups combined, this time was used in middle relief.
He pitched one inning each in games at Cincinnati on Aug. 10 and against St. Louis on Wednesday, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out three in the two games. In nine games with the Zephyrs, eight starts, he is 2-3 with a 3.09 ERA and 49 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .222 against him. … Reno leads the Pacific Coast League in hitting (.296), is second in RBI (634) and triples (46) and is tied for second in doubles (261).