Thursday’s game postponed
The New Orleans Zephyrs’ Pacific Coast League game Thursday against the El Paso Chihuahuas was postponed due to rain.
The game, scheduled for 7 p.m., was called at 5:40 after rain pelted the area for two hours, with more forecast for the evening and night.
The game will be made up as part of a double-header Friday that will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets for Thursday’s game are good for rain checks for any Zephyrs game this season.
It is the third home rainout for the Zephyrs (19-18) this season.
Raving about Rottino
With the Zephyrs’ top two catchers already having been called up to the parent Miami Marlins, Vinny Rottino got his chance to play more.
He has done that and done it well. Rottino went 1-for-3 in the Z’s 2-1 road loss at Nashville on Tuesday, giving him at least one hit in 16 of his past 17 games. It also meant that he has hit safely in all 18 road games this season, the best streak in the PCL.
Rottino is batting a team-leading .336, including .371 on the road (26-for-70) with two home runs and 13 runs batted in. His batting average ranks fifth in the PCL, and he has hit .338 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in May.
“I don’t think you can say enough about him,” Manager Andy Haines said. “He’s batting .336 but he also has 22 RBIs. He’s leading our team in RBIs.
“Just the fact that he’s caught for us, he’s played first (base), he’s played left (field). He just does so many things for our team despite batting in the middle of the lineup.”
With Thursday’s game being the third rainout of the young season, Zephyrs General Manager Mike Schline said it is “the worst weather I’ve experienced in my 14 seasons with the New Orleans Zephyrs, barring hurricanes.”
Schline estimates that 16 of the team’s 21 home games have been “directly or indirectly” affected by rain. Aside from the rainouts, there have been six rain delays, which he said greatly affects the walkup crowd.
Outfielder was activated from the disabled list on Thursday after missing two weeks with a strained right obligue.
To make room for Valdespin, infielder Reid Brignac was placed on the DL with a lower back strain. He left Tuesday’s game at Nashville in the third inning with the injury. Brignac, who is from Gonzalez, was called up to the Marlins on April 13. He was sent down on May 13, six days after Valdespin was injured. … Pat Misch (2-3, 3.51 ERA) will be the starting pitcher in the first game of the double-header. He is looking to bounce back from an 8-3 loss at Oklahoma City on May 15 in which he allowed seven runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. Just three of the runs were earned, however. … New Orleans’ bullpen has had a 2.19 ERA in the past 11 games and has the league’s best earned-run average in May at at 2.46. … Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season in the team’s last game on Tuesday. That leads the PCL. The Z’s have been hit by pitches 21 times, second in the league.