In New Orleans’ first two victories against Memphis in the series at Zephyr Field, it scored late to pull away.
On Sunday, the Zephyrs (11-11) took a 3-0 lead by the third inning, then fought off the Redbirds (8-15) in winning the series between two American South Division teams, three games to one. The Z’s on are on three-game winning streak.
Left-hander Adam Conley allowed two runs on seven hits through six innings. He lined a run-scoring single in the second for a 2-0 lead. It was his first professional hit.
“The score of this game kind of magnifies that hit,” he said. “One thing I think I can build off was throwing the ball inside, in up on the plate and under their hands.”
Memphis scored a run to close to 4-3 in the ninth against reliever Carter Capps, but Stephen Piscotty lined to first baseman Vinny Rottino, for a game-ending ended the game.
The Zephyrs begin an eight-game road swing Monday, playing four at Oklahoma City before going to Memphis.
It marks the first time this season the Z’s will face OKC, which is now a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate. Oklahoma City (18-6), which has the best record in the Pacific Coast League, saw its four-game winning streak snapped at Iowa on Sunday.
It will be a matchup of the league’s two top pitching teams. OKC leads the league with a 2.50 earned-run average, and New Orleans is second at 3.16. Left-hander Pat Misch (1-1, 1.93) will start against Oklahoma City right-hander Zack Lee (3-1, 1.80), who is fifth in ERA.
Shortstop Miguel Rojas and outfielder Brady Shoemaker did not play Sunday against Memphis.
Unfortunately for the Redbirds, they didn’t take advantage of it. The two combined to hit 9-of-22 in the series, with Rojas going 5-of-11 (.454) and Shoemaker 4-of-11 (.364). Both went 3-for-4 on Saturday.
Rojas, who has gotten a hit in 17 of 19 games with the Z’s, ranks fifth in the PCL with a .358 average. Shoemaker has hit in 16 of 17 games, the only time not getting one coming in a pinch-hit at-bat on April 16.
The Zephyrs went 5-2 in their eight-game home stand, with one game suspended due to rain that will be completed on June 8. In New Orleans’ first home stand to start season, they went 2-5. … When center fielder Isaac Galloway doubled to right-center leading off the fourth inning, it pushed his hitting streak to four games. Galloway, who went 1-for-3 Sunday, was 5-of-15 (.333) with a triple, a double and two RBIs in the series. He came in batting .182 (2-of-11) but raised his average to .269.