Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


Wednesday’s game was suspended because of rain with the score 0-0 and two outs in the top of the fifth inning at Zephyr Field.

The game will be picked up from that point at 5:30 p.m. as a nine-inning game. A half hour after that game is completed, Thursday’s scheduled game will begin. It will be seven innings.

The Zephyrs (48-55) have won their past six games. The franchise has not won seven consecutive games since July 26-Aug. 1, 2012.

Zephyrs starter Kendry Flores (3-2) allowed three hits — back-to-back two-out singles in the first inning by Logan Schafer and former LSU player Matt Clark and and a one-out double in the fifth by Matt Long.

Colorado Springs starter Hiram Burgoes (2-2) held the Zephyrs hitless through four innings, allowing one baserunner — Reid Brignac, who walked leading off the fourth.

Anti-theft Z’s

The Zephyrs have last year’s Pacific Coast League stolen base champion, Austin Wates, and speedy Isaac Galloway on their roster.

However, only two teams have fewer than the 35 steals New Orleans had entering Wednesday’s game. Wates, who had 34 last season, has just four — three fewer than Galloway and Jordany Valdespin, who lead the team.

The Zephyrs have attempted just 57 steals and have been caught 22 times, a success rate of 61.4 percent.

“Our caught-stealing percentage has not been very good,” manager Andy Haines said. “You’re going to cost your team runs if you’re running into outs. The standard is 85 percent, or you’re going to be hurting your chances (to score).”

On Tuesday, the Zephyrs stole a base for the third consecutive game.

Not the shoes

Valdepsin has drawn attention with his new bright orange and yellow spikes. Although they clash with his Zephyrs uniform, they seem to match that of the Marlins.

The spikes have not hurt Valdespin’s luck at the plate. Tuesday — his first day wearing them — marked his fifth consecutive two-hit game. He went 10-for-21 during the span, increasing his batting average to .301, his highest since June 4.

He entered Wednesday on a six-game streak (11-for-24, .458), with a home run, a double and three RBI.

Extra bases

Galloway, who is on a six-game hitting streak in which he has batted 9-for-18, missed his second consecutive game Wednesday with a bruised left hand. He was hit by a pitch in Monday’s series finale at Nashville after hitting a home run earlier. Entering Tuesday’s series opener vs. Colorado Springs, Haines said Galloway was able to be used as a late-inning defensive replacement or potentially as a pinch-hitter, but that Galloway’s hand was going to be given a chance to heal fully before he returned.

Darrell Williams