Left-hander Brian Flynn shut out Reno for 6.1 innings Tuesday night at Zephyr Field, and Mark Canha drove in three runs as New Orleans notched its third consecutive victory against the Aces, each by one run.
The Zephyrs (64-67) won the series three games to one as they head on an eight-game road trip.
New Orleans took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kike Hernandez hit a one-out double, and Canha followed with a single to right.
And, after Hernandez beat out an infield single in the fifth, Canha homered to left-center, his 18th.
The Aces (70-61), however, chased Flynn in the sixth when pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs singled in Ronny Cedeno from third. Nick Ahmed then greeted reliever Arquimedes Caminero with a single, scoring Bobby Wilson from second. However, Caminero struck out Roger Kieschnick with runners on first and second to end the inning.
In the ninth, Grant Dayton relieved and got a 4-6-3 double play, and Chaz Roe got the final out, a fly to left by Ahmed, to get the save.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Las Vegas 51s
WHERE: Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada
WHEN: 9:05 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Alex Sanabia (5-5, 5.11 ERA) vs. 51s RH Matthew Bowman (2-1, 1.88)
BROADCASTS: WMTI 106.1 FM, MiLB.tv
Anthony DeSclafani’s return is great news as the Zephyrs try to salvage a season that was going well a month ago, when they were in a battle for first place in the American South Division.
He followed Andrew Heaney’s one-hit performance Sunday by not allowing a hit in four innings Monday.
He’d been with the Marlins from Aug. 8-15, pitching just two innings over two games and not allowing a run. During this final stretch, another quality-innings eater, to go with Heaney, is like manna from heaven for a weary pitching staff.
“For us going down the stretch, we’ve been making quality pitches, executing our pitches,” he said. “That’s kind of what’s been strong the past two days with Heaney and (closer Arquimedes) Caminero, me, (reliever) Bryan Evans. Hopefully, we can keep it going for this last stretch.”
DeSclafani is the No. 6-rated prospect in Miami’s system. He was sent down when Henderson Alvarez came off the DL. However, DeScalfani gets to pitch a lot more innings than he would have in Miami, keeping him on his game for the September call-ups, which he certainly will be a part.
“They have not told me anything about that,” he said. “I’m just going to focus on making quality starts here and try to help us win some games.”
Heading into Tuesday night’s series finale against the Aces, who lead the Pacific Coast League in batting average, Zephyrs pitchers had held them to a .167 average in the first three games. Going back to the seventh inning of the series opener, Z’s pitchers held Reno scoreless for 19 consecutive innings. … Z’s infielder Danny Black is in a 1-for-40 stretch at the plate. … This is the start of the final road trip of the season and 2014’s final stretch. After four games in Las Vegas, the Zephyrs play four at the Salt Lake Bees (Aug. 24-27), before returning home for the season’s final series, five games against American Southern Division foe Memphis. This will be New Orleans’ only meetings this season vs. the 51s and the Bees. The Zephyrs are 5-3 against the Pacific Southern Division (3-1 at El Paso and 2-2 at Albuquerque). … Las Vegas center fielder Matt den Dekker leads the PCL in hitting at .324. The 51s lead the league in home runs (154) and RBI and are seventh in batting average (.279). Heading into Tuesday’s games, Las Vegas led the Pacific Southern by 10½ games but had lost three in a row (to/at Omaha) and four of its past five games.