Iowa hit three home runs in backing pitcher Dan Straily on Thursday at Zephyr Field, and the Cubs won their third consecutive game against New Orleans.
The Zephyrs lost for the fourth time in five games and the eighth time in 11 games. Straily (5-6) shut out them out on four hits over six innings. The Zephyrs, shut out for the second time in three games, have scored one run against Iowa in the past 23 innings.
Javy Baez, the top-rated prospect in minor league baseball, broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with a two-run homer in the fifth off Elih Villanueva (9-7). Kris Bryant, rated the second-best prospect, led off the seventh with an opposite-field shot to right off reliever Grant Dayton that went just inside the foul pole. One out later, Mike Olt, a former top prospect of the Texas Rangers, lined a homer to left.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Iowa Cubs
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 7:07 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Anthony Heaney (4-2, 3.80 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Dan Straily (4-6, 4.99)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM 106.1, CST 37, MiLB.tv
When Adam Conley, the seventh-best prospect in the Marlins’ system entering the season, was placed on the disabled list on July 23 with what the Zephyrs said was a strained triceps, it didn’t look good.
Conley, a 24-year-old left-hander, already had been on the DL from May 6 to June 22 with a strained elbow. So, the the most recent injury surfacing so soon and in the same area pointed to that this may be yet another case for Tommy John surgery for a young pitcher.
Since going on the DL, Conley has been at the Marlins’ training and rehab facility in Jupiter, Fla., where the team was treating and monitoring the injury. Obviously, he is very concerned.
“I spoke with him (Wednesday),” said Zephyrs pitching coach Charlie Corbell, who did not say Conley was going to have Tommy John surgery. “He said he went to (noted sports surgeon) Dr. (James) Andrews for a second opinion, and that he was awaiting the results from them. But he won’t be back this season.”
Conley (3-5) pitched in 12 games, 11 starts, with the Z’s and had a 6.00 ERA in 60 innings.
Zephyrs starting center fielder Jake Marisnick was traded to the Houston Astros before Thursday’s trade deadline. The parent Miami Marlins sent Marisnick, Single-A Jupiter third baseman Colin Moran and Gulf Coast League Marlins pitcher Frances Marte to the Astros and obtained right-handed starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and Oklahoma City utility player Kiki Hernandez and center fielder Austin Wates and a competitive-balance draft pick. Cosart, of course, is the principle in the trade. He is 9-7 in 20 starts, with a 4.41 ERA in 116.1 innings. Hernandez is batting .337 with eight home runs and Wates .299. … Starting veteran pitcher Brad Penny, who limited Iowa to five hits and two runs in six innings in the second game of Wednesday’s double-header, who is trying to gain a spot with the Marlins after taking a year off to let his body heal, said after the game he had to talk with his agent to see what his next move would be. Penny has a clause in his contract that he could opt out after July 31. … Two sportswriters and a photographer from Tokyo newspaper Sankei Sports were at Zephyr Field chronicling the appearance of Japanese pitcher Kyuki Fujikawa, who was on a Major League rehab assignmen. Fujikawa pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out one. He had Tommy John surgery in June 2013 after making 12 appearances with Chicago. “He was the best closer in the Japan League with the Hanshing Tigers, the No. 2 team, which is like the Boston Red Sox,” said sportswriter Masa Niwa. Fukikawa has allowed one run on five hits in five innings with one intentional walk and four strikeouts. Before coming to Iowa, he made six rehab appearances between Rookie League Mesa and Single-A Kane County and didn’t allow and earned run in 5.2 innings.