Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


Monday’s matchup with Nashville was suspended with no score and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning at Zephyr Field.

It will be picked up at that point June 8. The Zephyrs have a 2-0 series lead heading into Tuesday’s final game.

The rain came at 7:14 p.m., and the game was called a half-hour later. The game started on time even though the area was pelted by a rainstorm past mid-day Monday.

Tuesday is a travel day. The teams play beginning at 11 a.m., but a doubleheader was not possible. The Sounds have a 7 p.m. flight to get to their series at Round Rock, which begins Wednesday.

Rehearsal to end

Thus far this season, teams have been allowed the chance to get accustomed to the new pitch clock. It has been in operation since opening day but not strictly enforced.

But starting Thursday, when the Zephyrs open a home series against the Memphis Redbirds, all will be live concerning the clock.

Between innings, the pitcher will begin warmups with the clock at 2:25. By the 30-second mark, he has to have thrown his last warmup. Before the clock strikes zero, he has to have thrown the first pitch of the inning.

After the first pitch of the inning, the clock goes to 20 seconds. If the pitcher hasn’t pitched before the clock hits zero, it’s a ball. If the batter is not in the box before it hits zero, it’s a strike.

Extra bases

Tuesday is DARE Day — for drug awareness and resistance — and Zephyr Field’s stands will be filled with children from schools across the metro area, hence the early start. … Danny Black got his first hit of the season Monday, a triple leading off the third. But he was thrown out at the plate on a one-out grounder to first base by Jordany Valdespin, as manager Andy Haines tried to get a run in case the game went five innings and became official. Black had gone 0-for-3. … It appears both of the catchers on the Z’s opening day roster — J.T. Realmuto and Jhonatan Solano — will be with the parent Marlins for the foreseeable future. Former Miami starter Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit .069 in 32 at-bats, was designated for assignment Monday.