Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


Dylan Axelrod allowed three hits in six innings, and catcher Tomas Telis hit a solo home run in the second inning Sunday at Zephyr Field, as New Orleans tied a season high with its fourth consecutive win.

“We’re not knocking the cover off the ball, so it starts with pitching and defense,” said manager Arnie Beyeler, his team getting its second consecutive 3-0 win. “We had a good relay throw (8-6-2 in the fourth inning) on a double that kept the game 1-0, and we had another overall good pitching performance.”

Relievers Greg Nappo, Raudel Lazo and Cody Ege combined to limit Colorado Springs (25-27) to two hits in the final three innings. It clinched the third consecutive non-losing series for the Zephyrs (25-30).

New Orleans led 1-0 when Austin Nola (2-for-3) led off the sixth with a double off Jorge Lopez (1-4) and scored on Devin Hood’s fly to right field. Third baseman Matt Juengel led off the seventh with a double and scored on first baseman Brady Shoemaker’s groundout.

Plenty good defense

For the sixth consecutive game, the Zephyrs did not commit an error.

New Orleans, which leads the Pacific Coast League in fielding percentage (.988), has made one error in its past 11 games — that coming on May 30 in the final game of the home series vs. Tacoma. The Z’s are tied with Double-A Arkansas, with 27, for the fewest errors in Minor League Baseball.

The recent stretch of glove work comes after the Zephyrs had 10 errors in five games from May 21-25.

“We’d been moving some guys around a lot more; that’s part of it,” he said. “The guys had to learn other positions to make themselves more valuable.”

Extra bases

Reliever Brian Ellington was called up by the Marlins late Saturday. …Isaac Galloway stole second base in the fifth inning Sunday, breaking him out of a four-way tie for second place that included teammate Kenny Wilson. Galloway has 17 steals, two behind Iowa Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara, who has surged into the lead of late and has 19. …Brewers pitcher Corey Knebel made a rehabilitation start Sunday with the Sky Sox. He was to make 20 pitches but made 13. Jorge Lopez, the game’s schedueled starter took over in the second inning. Knebel initially was placed on the DL on April 2 with an oblique injury. Sunday’s appearance was the first of two he is to make with Colorado Springs before Milwaukee decides if he’s ready to return to the Major League team. …The series against Colorado Springs — the Z’s second of the season against the Sky Sox — is the start of eight home games in nine days. After an off day on Wednesday, New Orleans will play host to four games against the Omaha Storm Chasers, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Darrell Williams