Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres

Zephyrs

Ivan Pineyro’s first start in Triple-AAA didn’t exactly go as planned.

The right-hander was chased off the mound after 3.2 innings in his Zephyrs debut, leading to the Round Rock Express cruising to a victory Saturday night.

“Ivan’s a young guy, and he had some growing pains tonight, but he has a bright future,” said Zephyrs manager Andy Haines. “That’s a good team he had to go against tonight, and he’s going to grow from this experience.”

Pineyro allowed four runs in the first two innings of Saturday’s game, but after he seemingly stopped the bleeding in the third inning, Express catcher Brett Nicholas blasted a two-run home run that gave Round Rock a 6-0 lead and ended Pineyro’s day.

The 22-year old finished his debut allowing seven hits, six runs and three walks. He also added four strikeouts before exiting the game.

16 Innings

On Friday night, the Zephyrs played their longest game of the season.

Designated hitter Reid Brignac scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to secure the 3-2 win for the Zephyrs after 16 innings, tying the record for the longest game they’ve ever played at Zephyr Field.

The previous times the Zephyrs played 16-inning games at home were in 2003 against Fresno, 2006 against Memphis and 2012 against Tucson. They had a 2-1 record in those games.

Ozuna possible call-up

Zephyrs hot-hitting outfielder Marcell Ozuna has been a young prospect that many Marlins fans have had their eye on recently, and pretty soon they may be able to see him back with their team.

Ozuna started Saturday’s game at right field for the Zephyrs, but was removed during the third inning, leading some to speculate that he may have been recalled by the Marlins and is headed back to Miami.

The 24-year-old was sent down to the Zephyrs on July 6, and since then he’s hit .296 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 29 games.

During his time with the Marlins earlier this year, Ozuna had a .249 batting average with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 79 games.

To be the best, you have to beat the best

The Zephyrs are in the middle of an 18-game stretch against teams that are currently in first-place of their respective divisions, and it’s been a tough road for them so far.

Nine games into this run against some of the better teams in Triple-A, the Zephyrs have registered a 2-7 record. New Orleans’ overall record this season against teams above .500 is 31-44.

Will Guillory