Justin Nicolino had arguably his worst performance of this season the last time he saw the Oklahoma City Dodgers, and he wasn’t going to let it happen again.
The New Orleans Zephyrs pitcher got smacked in his start against the Dodgers last week, allowing five runs and 12 hits in six innings.
But Tuesday night, Nicolino threw six shutout innings to lead the Zephyrs to a 5-0 win at Zephyr Field.
The Zephyrs used a four-run seventh inning to blow the game open.
The rally began with an RBI triple by Isaac Galloway, followed by an RBI sacrifice bunt from Miguel Rojas.
Cole Gillespie brought in two more runs with an RBI double to left field.
Rojas went 1-for-3 and tied his season-long streak of 12 games with at least one hit.
During the streak, Rojas is hitting .375 and has scored 10 runs.
This season, Rojas has a .356 batting average, third in the Pacific Coast League.
Gillespie went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
On the other hand, Vinny Rotino (nine) and Brady Shoemaker (seven) each had their hitting streaks ended after going a combined 0-for-6.
May hot streak
The Zephyrs (16-14) are 8-3 in May, largely because of the way they’ve been able to score lately.
Including Tuesday night’s five-run performance, New Orleans is averaging 5.1 runs per game during the month after averaging only 3.5 runs during April.
-- Zephyrs right-hander Jose Urena will get the start Wednesday against the Dodgers. He has a 2-0 record with a PCL-leading 0.77 ERA.
-- Rojas’ two double-digit hitting streaks this season make him the first Zephyr to pull off that achievement since Jake Marisnick did it last year. Marisnick’s two streaks lasted 16 games and 14 games.
-- After Tuesday’s start, Nicolino’s ERA dropped to 1.57, the fourth-lowest mark in the PCL.
Up next: Wednesday
Dodgers at Zephyrs
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Zephyr Field
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs right-hander Jose Urena (2-0, 0.77 ERA); Dodgers right-hander Zach Lee (4-2, 2.38)