Jake Marisnick and Matt Angle scored a on throwing error after Nashville pitcher Michael Blazek fielded Zack Cox’s grounder in the sixth inning, and New Orleans held on for a 3-2 win Saturday night at Zephyr Field.
The victory was New Orleans’ third in a row and the second consecutive against first-place Nashville, bringing the Zephyrss to 2½ games behind in the American South Division.
The Zephyrs blew a chance to take the lead in the fifth. With the Zephyrs trailing 2-1 and the bases loaded, Sounds starter Brad Mills struck out cleanup hitter Justin Bour, who entered the game batting .323.
WHAT: Nashville Sounds at New Orleans Zephyrs.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
WHEN: 1 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs left-hander Brian Flynn (4-3, 3.42 ERA) vs. Sounds right-hander Ariel Pena (2-4, 4.43)
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.
Left-hander Brad Jennings, 27, left the Zephyrs’ clubhouse after 11 p.m. Friday half excited, half relieved.
Jennings, a reliever, had come to the Zephyrs on May 14, an apparent aftershock victim of ace Jose Fernandez’s elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. The Marlins signed lefty Randy Wolf, 37, reportedly to provide more of a veteran presence. Jennings, who had a 1.59 ERA in 12 appearances with Miami, was crushed.
The Marlins also brought up Anthony DeSclafani from AA Jacksonville to take a look at him. However, they sent him to New Orleans on Thursday and called up Zephyrs reliever Chris Hatcher.
On Friday, Zephyrs manager Andy Haines received a message from Miami.
“They contacted me during the third inning and said, ‘Don’t use Jennings,’” Haines said.
However, Haines couldn’t tell Jennings until he got the official word after the game that he was being called up. Jennings learned a valuable lesson. He’d gone up for two days after Fernandez was thought to have an elbow strain, and he didn’t allow a run in two appearances.
“You can never be too content in this game,” Jennings said. “In the second I think I’m doing well and if they send me out, I know next time I have to be better for the team, not necessarily for myself but to help the team win. The team is going in the right direction now, winning a bunch of games, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Zephyrs shortstop Jordany Valdespin was ejected at the start of the third inning after being called out on strikes by home plate umpire Mike Everett. Valdespin had to be restrained and threw bats onto the field. He faces a three-game suspension by Minor League Baseball. … Veteran Miguel Tejada, signed by the Marlins as veteran insurance, will begin playing extended spring training games on Monday, team vice president for player development Marty Scott said Saturday. … Reliever Collin Cargill was brought up from Jacksonville to the Zephyrs to replace Jennings. Cargill had gone 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in four games from April 24-May 5 in New Orleans before being sent to Double A. … When reliever Rett Varner was pulled after one inning Friday, it was because he re-injured his groin, not because he allowed a home run to Hunter Morris in the seventh inning that gave Nashville a 3-2 lead, Haines said. “It’s the third time this season he has injured it,” he said. . … Sunday’s game is the first of back-to-back ones that start at 1 p.m. … Brewers left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, with Nashville on a rehab assignment, is scheduled to make an appearance Sunday, although he is not the scheduled starter. Likely, he will throw two innings. … Right-hander Taylor Jungman, the Brewers’ No. 6 prospect, was promoted from AA Huntsville to Nashville in time for Friday night’s opener, replacing No. 1 prospect Jimmy Nelson, who was called up to Milwaukee. Jungman pitched three innings and gave up the four runs in the seventh that enabled the Z’s to win.