Dodgers 8, Zephyrs 2

Oklahoma City jumped on Zephyrs starter Greg Nappo for five runs in three innings in taking a 2-0 series lead on Saturday at Zephyr Field.

“We came out of the chute and gave them three runs in the first inning and put our backs against the wall,” Zephyrs manager Arnie Beyeler said. “We didn’t get anything going all night, and their young pitcher did a good job.”

Former Southern pitcher Jose De Leon, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization, started and allowed one run on two hits in four innings.

It was the third consecutive loss for New Orleans (32-35), which had four hits and have gotten seven in two games. A win by Oklahoma City (36-31) in Sunday’s third game would end a streak of five consecutive non-losing series by the Zephyrs, who had won three and tied two since being swept at home by Reno on May 23-26.

Nappo (3-4) replaced Chris Narveson, who is on paternity leave after the birth of his son. It was Nappo’s first Triple-A start and first start since April 25, 2015 with Double-A Jacksonville.

Reason for optimism

Before this series began, former Tulane third baseman Rob Segedin hadn’t played at Zephyr Field. Suffice to say he likes it.

Segedin, the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ first baseman, hit a home run for the second consecutive game, boosting his total to 12 and his RBIs to 41.

His power numbers this season have him feeling he may get a callup to the parent Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I like that this is an organization that does a lot of call-ups,” said Segedin, 26. “Last year, (Los Angeles) set a Major League record for call-ups, so I feel I’ll get an opportunity.”

In his favor is he can play both corners of the infield, can DH against an American League teams and can hit left-handed pitchers well off the bench.

And, he got attention with a strong spring training. He hit .267 but tied for the team lead with four home runs.

“I’ve been able to stay consistent so far this season, and limit the cold streaks,” said Segedin, who is batting .300. “I want to keep my name in the back of their minds.

“I’ve improved defensively, and I’ve been hitting with more power.”

Extra bases

Saturday was Zephyrs’ first baseman Tomas Telis’ 25 birthday. It also was the 26th birthday of Oklahoma City relief pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla. Telis faced Bonilla with two out in the sixth and grounded out to second base. …The Zephyrs’ pitching staff came into Saturday’s game with a 2.28 earned-run average through the first 16 games of June. Only Single-A Charleston (2.26) and Double-A Corpus Christi (2.04) among minor league teams have better ERAs this month.

Darrell Williams