What: Zephyrs (37-40) at Colorado Springs (38-38)
When: 8:05 p.m.
Where: Security Service Field, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Starting pitchers: Zephyrs TBA vs. Sky Sox RH Tyler Cravy (2-2, 6.40 ERA)
Radio: WODT-AM, 1280
Coming in hot
When the Zephyrs left for their 12-game, 13-day road trip, things didn’t look good for infielder Austin Nola.
Nola had come off a series against Oklahoma City in which he went 1-for-10 and his batting average dropped to .228.He is batting .255 at home (98 at-bats) compared to .228 on the road (127 at-bats).
However, in the just completed series against Memphis, Nola went 7-for-18 (.389) with two home runs, seven RBIs and three runs. His average jumped to .240, the highest since he was batting .250 on April 23. The home runs Sunday and Monday were his first since April 10 at Omaha, when he hit two.
More important, in his past 10 games, he has hit .303 (10-for-33) with the two homers, eight RBIs and five runs.
Against Colorado Springs this season, Nola is 8-for-26 (.308).
Help for the mound
Left-hander Jeremy Guthrie started Tuesday’s series finale win at Memphis after being signed as a free agent Monday when he opted out of his contract with the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres).
A 14-year veteran, he brings needed experience to sure up the Zephyrs’ starting pitching. He had come on strong before getting his release from the Padres. In his past two starts, Guthrie allowed two runs on five hits in six innings at Iowa on May 26 then two runs on nine hits in six innings against Sacramento on May 31. His ability to go deep in games is expected to help the Zephyrs’ bullpen, which isn’t strong.
Guthrie was signed after the Marlins called up reliever Jo-Jo Reyes. Reyes (1-1, 4.17) struck out 27 and walked 11 in 36.2 innings. He pitched well particularly of late, having a 10-inning scoreless streak through June 19.
The Zephyrs’ starting pitchers are listed as TBA (to be announced) for the first two games of the series. The parent Marlins reportedly are in the process of making some moves. … New Orleans is 4-4 against Colorado Springs, with all of the games at Zephyr Field. The teams will meet for the last time Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the second-to-last overall series of the season. … The Z’s return home for a three-game series that begins Monday against Round Rock, the first against the Express at home this season. New Orleans then will play four games at Nashville on Thursday-Sunday before going into the All-Star break (July 11-13), then returning for an eight-game homestand. … The Zephyrs hit 23 home runs in June and have 55 this season. Last year’s team hit 68 during the entire season.
-- Darrell Williams