Sky Sox 3, Zephyrs 1
Former LSU player Matt Clark snapped out of a 1-for-14 hitting slump with a three-run homer in the fourth inning against Kendry Flores, and Colorado Springs completed a four-game sweep on Sunday at Zephyr Field.
“I though Flores (2-2) pitched OK; he hung up a changeup,” Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. “Offensively, we had a couple of chances but didn’t get it done. That was kind of the story of the series.
“As good as our pitching has been, we can’t expect it to be perfect. That’s about as tough as it gets to lose a four-game series like that.”
It was the second time the Zephyrs (42-52) have been swept in a series this season, but the first time in four games. New Orleans, which has fallen from third in the American South Division to its cellar during the series, has lost six of its past seven games and 10 of 12.
Colorado Springs (38-54), which has the second-worst record in the Pacific Coast League, won its season-high fifth consecutive game.
The Zephyrs cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth when center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who reached on a one-out double, scored on Isaac Galloway’s infield hit and a throwing error by Sky Sox third baseman Matt Dominguez.
The Z’s had runners on first and second with two out in the fifth and on second and third with one out in the sixth, but stranded them.
The Zephyrs finished Sunday’s game 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven on base. For the series, the Zephyrs were 3-for-31 (.097) with runners in scoring position and stranded 34 runners.
Colorado Springs was 10-for-28 (.357) with runners in scoring position and left 23 on base for the series.
The Zephyrs scored 2, 2, 0 and 1 run in the four games.
“When you’re putting up no runs and one run, you’re making it tough on yourself to win games, and that’s what happened in this series,” Haines said. “We just never made it happen. We have to do our part offensively.”
Pitcher Jarred Cosart had medical tests done Sunday and are set to do more Monday. According to team trainer Chris Olson, doctors didn’t find anything. Test were done for allergies. Cosart has had issues with vertigo, which causes loss of equilibrium, since mid-May while with the Marlins. … John Pierson, the Miami Marlins field instructor and Double-A and Triple-A roving hitting instructor, has been at Zephyr Field for the series watching how center fielder Marcell Ozuna is progressing in his hitting. He is hitting .306 after Sunday’s game. Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott and assistant director of player development Marc Lippman also visited the team in the past few days, making their rounds in checking on the overall state of things.
Up next: Monday
Redbirds at Zephyrs
What: The Zephyrs begin a four-game American Southern Division series against the Memphis Redbirds at Zephyr Field on Monday.
Memphis is in second place but is coming off being swept four games at Iowa.
The Zephyrs are 6-2 against the Redbirds this season, winning three of four games both April 30-May 3 at Zephyr Field and during the May 8-11 series at Memphis.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Zephyr Field
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs left-hander Justin Nicolino (5-5, 3.40 ERA) vs. Redbirds left-hander NIck Greenwood (7-3, 5.42).
Radio: WMTI-FM, 106.1
-- Darrell Williams