Alex Sanabia shut out Oklahoma City for five innings in his Zephyrs season debut, and Kyle Jensen and Mark Canha homered as New Orleans prevailed 6-2 on Monday at Zephyr Field.
Sanabia allowed three hits and no walks and struck out five.
Jensen hit a one-out solo shot in the second. Canha homered with one out in the third after Jordany Valdespin and Josh Rodriguez singled.
WHAT: Oklahoma City RedHawks at Zephyrs.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: RedHawks RHP Jake Buchanan (3-3, 3.19 ERA) vs. Zephyrs LHP Brian Flynn (4-2, 3.27).
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.
A little extra insurance
Sanabia was going through what appeared to be an intense workout with a foam roll before his season debut with the Zephyrs.
“Once you go through injuries, you start doing things you’ve never done before,” said Sanabia, who pitched for the Zephyrs in 2012. “It’s to prevent injuries. It’s a deep muscle massage to try to get anything that’s tight in there.”
Last season with the Marlins, he had an elbow strain early, then a strained oblique before a groin injury in May led to him missing the final four months of the season. Sanabia, 25, was released after the season.
Known for his command and staying ahead of hitters when he’s on, he was claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. But in four starts with Triple-A Reno, he had an 10.47 ERA before being moved to the bullpen. He was released May 5.
The Marlins signed him May 9, and he went through extended spring training in Jupiter, Florida.
Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney will pitch Thursday for the Zephyrs, the team confirmed. … Reliever Henry Rodriguez, called up by the Marlins on May 10, was optioned back to New Orleans on Sunday. He is rejoining the team Tuesday. … The Zephyrs improved to 3-6 against the RedHawks this year.