Zephyrs vs. Cubs, postponed rain
New Orleans’ game Friday night against the Iowa Cubs at Zephyr Field, scheduled for 7 p.m., was postponed after a 36-minute rain delay. The game will be made up at 5 p.m. July 30 as part of a doubleheader.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs at Omaha Storm Chasers
WHERE: Werner Park, Papillion, Neb.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHRS: Zephyrs LH Brian Flynn (3-2, 3.79 ERA) vs. Storm Chasers RH Sugar Ray Marimon (3-1, 2.30)
broadcast : WMTI-FM 106.1, MiLB.tv.
Zephyrs hard-throwing reliever Henry Rodriguez is eighth in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts, with 37.
However, he reached that total in far fewer innings than the league’s other pitchers — 191?3. Rodriguez leads the PCL in strikeouts per nine innings at 17.22. Opponents are batting just .123 (8-for-65) against him, which leads all relievers.
Before Friday’s game, he was particularly stellar in his last outing, getting out all nine batters he faced in Tuesday’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to Iowa. Four of the outs were strikeouts.
However, command often is an issue. He leads the league in walks, with 23, and wild pitches, with seven.
Rodriguez, who is from Santa Barbara, Venezuela, and was signed by the Oakland Athletics in 2003 as a non-drafted free agent, has done better of late. He has not allowed a run or a hit in his past seven innings, spanning three appearances. He has walked four during that time, but that came in one game — on May 3 at Round Rock, but he fanned five.
Outfielder Kyle Jensen had hit five homers in the past six games heading into Fridays game, and Mark Canha had hit four in four games. … Alex Sanabia, who was waived by the Reno Aces, will join the Zephyrs, sources said. He started 23 games with New Orleans from 2010-12. …. The Z’s will play their next eight games on the road during a nine-day period, going against Omaha from Saturday through Tuesday. They will have an off day, then play at Colorado Springs from May 15-18. … The Z’s swept the Storm Chasers in the series at Zephyr Field on April 24-27. New Orleans scored 29 points in the four games. Flynn was the winner in the series opener, allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings. He and three relievers were backed by a season-high 18 hits in a 12-8 win. … Elih Villanueva’s shutting out Iowa on two hits Thursday lowered his earned-run average from 2.53 to 2.08, sixth in the Pacific Coast League. … Omaha’s Marimon, who is facing New Orleans for the first time, is eighth in ERA (2.30). He has allowed eight runs in 271?3 innings but five came in five innings on April 28 at Iowa in his only loss. … Former Jesuit High School and University of New Orleans standout Johnny Giovatella, who has feasted on Zephyrs pitching in his career, leads Omaha with a .352 batting average, seventh in the PCL.