Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres

Zephyrs

Zephyrs 7, Express 5

Catcher Kyle Skipworth hit a walk-off two-run home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth, giving New Orleans the victory on Thursday night at Zephyr Field.

The win brought the Zephyrs to one game behind first place Nashville in the American South Division.

The blast came with Juan Diaz on board. Diaz had singled to right with one out.

It came after the Zephyrs had blown a 5-1 lead it had taken in the fourth inning on homers by Zack Cox and Juan Diaz and a run-scoring double by Cox, who later scored on an error.

Round Rock, however, came back on solo shots by Brent Lillibridge in the fifth and Brad Snyder in the eighth, and two runs in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Brett Nicholas and Adam Rosales against closer Chaz Roe.

Friday’s game

WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Round Rock Express

WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie

WHEN: 7 p.m.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Brian Flynn (6-3, 2.99 ERA) vs. Express LH Ryan Feierabend (5-5, 4.29)

BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv

Prospect

Flynn has been a model of consistency this season.

In his second start of the season on April 8, he was torched for eight runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings. However, since then, he has given up as many as three earned runs just twice this season.

His best outing came on May 26, when he shutout American South Division leader Nashville on four hits in eight innings. He followed that up on Saturday in a victory against Colorado Springs with five hits over six innings, although he gave up a homer and issued four walks.

However, Flynn, 24, knows he’s not there, yet, even consistency-wise.

“I have to do a better job of throwing my breaking ball for strikes and being able to do it early in the count,” he said. “At the next level, hitters spit on breaking balls in the dirt and they sit on your fastball.”

Last season, his first in Triple-A, he got the call-up to Miami, but allowed 17 runs, all earned, on 27 hits in 18.0 innings spanning four appearances, all starts. Most telling were his 13 walks.

Extra bases

Thursday’s starter for Round Rock, Miles Mikola, a 25-year-old right-hander, was born in Jupiter, Fla., home of the Miami Marlins’ Single-A team. Mikola grew up as a big Marlins fan, and it was a treat to go against Miami in his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres on May 5, 2012. … Friday is Military Appreciation Night. Military personnel with valid military identification are admitted free, as well their families, up to four. … Round Rock is 15th in the 16-team league in batting (.249). Its leading hitter is Brad Snyder at .280. However, he is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 17 home runs and is third in runs batted in (48) and third in total bases (123). The Express is 12th in earned-run average (5.11).

Darrell Williams