Left-hander Roenis Elias no-hit New Orleans for five innings, and Tacoma tied the series at a game each Wednesday at Zephyr Field.
Elias, on assignment from the Seattle Mariners, pitched five innings and walked one — Kike Hernandez in the fourth. Elias, a 25-year-old from Gantanamo, Cuba, got the 15 outs by striking out six, inducing six groundouts and getting three on fly balls – two popups to right field and a blooper to left.
The Z’s (61-64) didn’t get a hit until Mark Canha led off the seventh with a double to the left-field gap against reliever Matt Palmer. Justin Bour then followed with a home run to right-center.
By then, however, the Rainiers (64-61) had roughed up Brian Flynn for four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Tacoma Rainiers
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 7 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Alex Sanabia (5-5, 5.04 ERA) vs. Rainiers RH Forrest Snow (2-2, 1.56)
BROADCASTS: WMTI 106.1 FM, MiLB.tv
Outfielder Alfredo Silverio was sent down to Single-A Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday after being on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with an ankle injury.
Manager Andy Haines said with the return of Brian Bogusevic from a fractured shin, there simply was no room in the outfield for Silverio, and in Jupiter, he can continue to get at-bats. Certainly, Silverio’s .156 batting average in 13 games with the Z’s had a lot to do with it.
Haines said the Marlins brought Silverio up from Double-A Jacksonville, where he’d hit just .212, because team officials felt “it might give him a spark.”
Silverio, 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, was a rising prospect in the Dodgers’ organization, having been added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 3, 2011. Less than three months later — on Jan. 23, 2012 — he lost control of his car while driving in his native Dominican Republic. The car flipped several times, and his neck, back, head, right elbow and wrist were injured. Because of the accident, he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow twice and missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
“I saw pictures of the car,” said Marty Scott, the Marlins’ vice president of player development. “He’s lucky to be alive.”
Silverio had two good games at the plate, his best showing coming on coming on July 13 when he went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs against Memphis at Zephyr Field.
“I feel good,” he said then, not wanting to discuss the accident. “I’m just trying to keep working, getting better. It’s been two years.”
Zephyrs left-hander Joey O’Gara pitched a simulated game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Zephyr Field. The plan is to send him to Jupiter for “live action” for a few games and call him back for the end of the season. O’Gara has been working his way back since having a procedure done involving his thorax. … Pitcher Bryan Evans was on crutches Wednesday after injuring an ankle while warming up Tuesday. … When Austin Wates stole second base in the sixth inning Tuesday, it was his first stolen base since coming to the Zephyrs on Aug. 1. It was the Pacific Coast League-leading 32nd for Wates, who had played with Oklahoma City.