Former Tulane standout Rob Segedin slugged a towering two-run home run in the third inning, and Oklahoma City finished off New Orleans 6-2 with a three-run sixth on Friday at Zephyr Field.
On Star Wars Night, a crowd of 6,234 attended the game.
“It was good to get a good hit coming back to New Orleans for the first time since I was in school in 2010,” he said. “It was a slider middle in. (Starter Jose Urena) just hung it out over the middle of the plate.”
Nick Tepesch, who beat the Zephyrs 2-1 on May 9 while with Round Rock, held the Z’s to one run on three hits through eight innings in earning his third win with no losses for Oklahoma City.
Tepesch (7-2) also drove in a run in the sixth when his grounder to shortstop Robert Andino was misplayed. The Dodgers had four singles in the inning in breaking the game open against reliever Jo-Jo Reyes. Urena (1-2) allowed two runs on six hits in five innings, but Segedin’s hit did all the damage.
The Zephyrs’ .234 season’s batting average is last in the Pacific Coast League, as well as their 254 runs.
Part of that has been not having a consistent big bat in the lineup, although lack of a productive leadoff hitter also played a part.
Of late, however, the Zephyrs have some big bats in the middle now. Destin Hood has gotten five multi-hit games in his past nine ane 14 RBIs in his past 12 games. Matt Juengel is on a tear that has him batting in the cleanup spot, and Xavier Scruggs has gone 6-for-12 with three homers, a double and six runs in four games since returning from the disabled list (right hamstring pull).
“It’s going to be huge for us because we can now feed off of each other,” Scruggs said. “If one guy doesn’t get the job done, the next guy knows that he can get the job done. It adds a lot of confidence to everybody.
“It’s better for us because we can just get on base and not have the pressure of having to get a big hit. No one guy is the big bat, so you can relax.”
When the Zephyrs won at Round Rouck on on June 13, it put them at .500 after battling back from nine games under the break-even mark. It marked the second-largest comeback by a Zephyrs team. The 1993 Z’s were 10 games under .500 before battling back.
“It’s tough to come back, and these guys have done a great job of battling back,” Manager Arnie Beyeler said. “But it’s also just as tough to get over the hump and stay on the other side.
“But we’re last in the league in hitting and we have a close to .500 record, so we’re soing some things right.”
Former Tulane standout Rob Segedin and former LSU baseball and football signee Zach Lee play for Oklahoma City. Segedin, a first baseman drafted in the third round in 2010, is hitting .300 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 60 games. Lee, a quarterback at McKinney (Texas) High School, signed with the Tigers in 2010 but was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers. … Right fielder Isaac Galloway made a sliding catch with two out and a runner on second base during the fourth inning Friday. It was Galloway’s 160th putout without an error, which is first in the PCL. … Left-hander Chris Narveson (2-2, 3.44 ERA) was scheduled to pitch Saturday but was placed on the paternity list following the birth of a son. Right-hander Tyler Bremer was brought up from Jacksonville to fill his spot. Bremer was 4-4 with a 1.54 ERA in 35 innings spanning 23 appearances. … The Zephyrs and Dodgers split their series in Oklahoma City on May 2-5. However, OKC entered the series having won six consecutive games at Zephyr Field and 12-4 there past two seasons. Overall, the Dodgers were 12-4 last season against the Z’s, winning 10 of the final 11 meetings.