The series’ fourth and final game Monday at Zephyr Field was canceled after rain came with the score tied and one out in the top of the sixth inning.
It was stopped at 2:26 p.m. and officially called at 3:09. It goes as a canceled game because it cannot be made up, as the teams will not play again this season. However, the statistics from the game are official. An inning could not start after 4:15 p.m., because the Rainiers had a 6 p.m. flight to Tacoma.
New Orleans (21-28) won the series two games to one against Tacoma (30-20), who have the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The Zephyrs had been swept at home by Reno in their previous series.
“We played a good series against a good team,” Zephyrs manager Arnie Beyeler said. “We pitched well, and we were in all of the games. We did some good things, and hopefully that can keep snowballing and we can improve.”
The Z’s led 2-1 in the second after Isaac Galloway hit a two-out homer off Cody Martin after Carlos Corporan doubled. The Rainiers tied the score in the third when Zack Shank walked with one out and shortstop Chris Taylor tripled off Paul Clemens.
The Zephyrs begin a four-game series at Memphis on Tuesday, with Dylan Axelrod (2-2, 5.50 ERA) starting against Redbirds right-hander Deck McGuire (2-6, 4.85).
The parent St. Louis Cardinals obtained Jose Martinez from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday and optioned him to Memphis. Martinez, 27, led the PCL in hitting last season (.384) but hit .298 in 37 games with Omaha this season.
“It’s a division game, and Memphis just picked up a really good player,” Beyeler said.
The Z’s are in third place in the American South Division, one game ahead of Memphis heading into Monday’s game. The Zephyrs beat the Redbirds 2-1 in 10 innings on April 28 and 7-0 on April 29 at Zephyr Field. The April 30 and May 1 games were postponed because of rain and rescheduled for Aug. 8-9 at Zephyr Field.
Memphis is 11-13 at home.
The Southeastern Conference’s athletic directors will meet Tuesday-Friday in Destin, Florida, and one of the topics scheduled for discussion and vote is the 2017 conference baseball tournament. Zephyr Field is among the sites up for the bid. Herb Vincent, SEC associate commissioner/communications, was among a contigent that included New Orleans Sports Foundation officials who toured Zephyr Field on April 30. However, cities such as Nashville, Memphis and Jacksonville, with more modern facilities, also are seeking the tournament. “A vote could come as late as Friday, but the athletic directors also could decide they need more information,” Vincent said.