Left-hander Brian Flynn allowed just four hits and walked one in an efficient eight innings on Monday at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans won its third game in the four-game series against Nashville, which leads the Pacific Coast League’s American South Divison. The Zephyrs are 2½ games out of first heading into a four-game division series at Round Rock.
Flynn (5-3) said he was up for the competition against Nashville right-hander Mike Fiers (6-1).
“At their place, he threw a seven-inning shutout against us in that double-header, and I took the loss for that,” Flynn said. “(In Monday’s game), I kept throwing fastballs down early in the count, so I didn’t have to get to too much off speed.”
Juan Diaz led off the third with a double and scored from third on Josh Rodriguez’s one-out fly to left center. Rodriguez scored from second in the sixth on Jake Marisnick’s single to left. Brian Bogusevic’s homer to left-center in the seventh made it 3-0.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs at Round Rock Express.
WHERE: Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas.
WHEN: 7:05 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Andrew Heaney (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Express RH Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 6.35).
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1, MiLB.tv.
In his Triple-A debut on Thursday, Heaney gave up just one run and struck out seven in five innings against Oklahoma City.
It was a strong outing, even though he was touched for seven hits. The first batter he faced singled, which he said calmed him from the excitement of his first game at a higher level. He gave up a leadoff single in the second, too. He surrendered three hits in the fourth, including a double, but escaped with allowing just the one run.
“I was impressed with his poise,” manager Andy Haines said. “He stayed in control. We took him out after five because he’d thrown 85 pitches, and we didn’t want him up around 100.”
A string of four quality outings got him to Triple A. Speculation is that if he continues to pitch well, he will be in Miami in a flash. One Marlins official said Heaney will be with the Zephyrs until the Triple-A All-Star break, which begins July 14.
Haines said he expects to hear from the Minor League Baseball office Tuesday morning concerning a possible three-game suspension of Jordany Valdespin. The league office is in Round Rock, Texas. Valdespin was ejected from Saturday’s game after vehemently protesting a called strike and tantrum in which he threw bats onto the field.