Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


Left fielder Jordany Valdespin singled in two runs in the seventh inning, and New Orleans sealed the 4-0 victory with two runs in the eighth Friday night at Zephyr Field.

The Zephyrs (9-11) had lost their previous two games.

Valdespin greeted reliever Nick Greenwood with a hard grounder up the middle, scoring Scott Sizemore from second. Miguel Rojas came in when Memphis center fielder Rafael Ortego threw wide of the plate trying to get out Sizemore. Both had reached with two out, Sizemore walking and Rojas being hit by a pitch.

In the eighth, Austin Wates hit a pinch-hit single that brought in Derek Dietrich and Isaac Galloway hit a two-out triple to right-center, scoring Wates.

Starter Justin Nicolino allowed four hits in six innings with five strikeouts. Vin Mazzaro (2-0) allowed one hit in two innings, and Carter Capps pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Prospect watch

When Isaac Galloway singled in the fifth inning Friday, it was just his third hit in 17 at-bats since coming to the Zephyrs on April 24.

But he has been stellar in the field, so much so that Austin Wates, who led the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases last year, has been moved to left field as his primary position.

“He brings a different dimension to us just with his speed, how good a center fielder he is,” Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. “He’s still growing; I still view him as a young player. He’s played a long time, but offensively, he’s still learning himself, still learning his swing. But he’s made a lot of strides offensively. His future is bright.”

Galloway, 25, was hitting .185 when he was called up from Class AA Jacksonville. His best season offensively came in his rookie year, when he hit .286.

Gonzales throwing

Redbirds left-hander Marco Gonzales, Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization, has been out since April 23 with an inflamed pectoral. He experienced tightness after pitching in a game.

But he threw the ball in the outfield before Thursday and Friday’s games. He won’t appear in this series.

Extra bases

Z’s right-hander Jose Urena will face Memphis right-hander Zack Petrick (0-3, 8.66) on Saturday. Urena, the Marlins’ No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, didn’t allow a run in four innings in his last outing Monday vs. Nashville, a 4-3 win. He allowed one run on six hits in six innings in his previous outing April 10 vs. Omaha, getting the decision in a 4-1 win. … The Z’s have hit just 11 home runs this season, the second-fewest in the PCL.