Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


Adam Conley shut out Iowa on two hits in a game called in the bottom of the seventh inning by rain, and New Orleans took a 2-0 lead in the series Sunday at Zephyr Field.

Both games have been shutouts, and the Zephyrs (40-42) won for the sixth time in eight games. It was the Zephyrs’ 13th shutout of the season, tying the franchise record.

The Z’s scored both runs in the fifth. Center fielder Isaac Galloway led off with a home run to left off Cubs starter Donn Roach (7-2). Conley followed with a single to left and later scored on Vinny Rottino’s sacrifice fly.

“It was a curveball,” said Galloway, the homer just his third of the season. “He kind of left it up and over the plate. I knew I hit it pretty good, but the ball doesn’t really carry too well here. I just got out of the box kind of hard; you never know.”

Valdespin goes back up

Jordany Valdespin was in the starting lineup in right field but was replaced at the start of the second by Austin Wates.

Valdespin had been called up to the Miami Marlins, who are sending center fielder Marcell Ozuna to the Zephyrs.

“Literally, after the first pitch of the game, (trainer) Chris (Olson) got a text that (Valdespin) was going to the big leagues,” manager Andy Haines said. “I debated whether to just basketball sub him out of the game but said, ‘No, he can play three outs.’ ”

Osuna was in a 1-for-36 slump and had hit .167 in the past month with just three extra-base hits. Haines said Osuna will join the team Thursday at Round Rock.

Valdespin, who can play all three outfield positions as well as second base, played 52 games with the Marlins last season. He hit .214 with 10 RBIs.

Cosart on the way, too

The Marlins also sent pitcher Jarred Cosart back to New Orleans.

Cosart was on a rehab assignment with the Z’s after battling vertigo. He allowed two runs in 5.2 innings against Omaha on June 11 and four runs in 5.1 innings at Round Rock on June 16. He then pitched five innings June 21 for Double-A Jacksonville, allowing one run in five innings.

In his first start back with the Marlins on Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago, he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings, including two home runs to Kris Bryant.

Cosart gives the Z’s six pitchers who are on the Marlins’ 40-man roster. Given it’s a five-man rotation, Haines said he didn’t know what was going to happen next.

“I guess we’ll rest a starter every turn,” he said. “I’ll just have to wait and see what the big league club wants to do.”