New Orleans ended a 15-game losing streak Monday at Zephyr Field, as right-hander Ivan Pineyro shut out Las Vegas on three hits through eight innings in getting his first Triple-A victory.
“I’m just glad for the guys,” manager Andy Haines said. “They scrapped and scrapped and to finally get the monkey off their backs is good.”
The Zephyrs (52-78), who also ended a seven-game home losing streak, had not won since Aug. 7 at home against Round Rock, 3-2 in 16 innings. The Pacific Coast League record for consecutive losses is 17.
Las Vegas (71-59), which leads the Pacific South Division, had won its past three games.
The Zephyrs gave Pineyro (1-2) a 4-0 lead by the fifth inning against Matt Bowman (7-15). When third baseman Zach Cox led off the sixth with a home run to right field, the Z’s had scored five runs on seven hits.
Reid Brignac, playing left field, had two of the hits, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. He scored two runs.
No vote of confidence
Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said he has not received a vote of confidence concerning his future from Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott or director of player development Brian Chattin.
The Zephyrs entered Monday on a 15-game losing streak, although the roster has been in continual change much of the second half of the season, particularly with regard to the pitching staff.
“I haven’t, and I wouldn’t expect one,” Haines said. “I know at the end of the year they have to do their job and evaluate things. It’s the nature of what we do. The higher you go, the more in the crosshairs you are.”
Perhaps muddling things is the Marlins have struggled competitively as an organization this season, from the major league team down to Class Single-A. Injuries and poor performances at the big-league level have had a trickle-down effect with call-ups.
Haines, though, said he saw a quote he thinks applies.
“It says, ‘It might not be my fault, but it’s my responsibility,” he said. “If you like doing this, you’re accountable for it. It’s unfortunate the way things have gone, but all you can do is show up every day and do the best you can.”
Keeping chin up
Right-hander Ivan Pineyro said he cried his eyes out when he was told that he had been sent from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins on July 31 in the Dan Haren trade.
“I said, ‘There must be some kind of mistake,’ ” he said. “It was tough to deal with.”
Pineyro, 23, was 7-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Tennessee. The Marlins assigned him to Double-A Jacksonville, and he was chased after two innings in his first start.
“I talked with my family, and they said I had a good opportunity with the Marlins,” he said. “That helped.”
With the Marlins depleting the Zephyrs’ pitching staff, Pineyro was promoted to New Orleans on Aug. 7. The next day, though, he was shelled in his first Triple-A start —– six runs on seven hits and three walks in 3.2 innings in a home loss to first-place Round Round.
He was a lot better in his next two starts — two runs on four hits on Aug. 14 vs. Oklahoma City and one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts in a 2-0 loss at Sacramento on Wednesday.
“I had to make sure I was keeping the ball down, pitching the way I can pitch,” he said.