Juan Diaz scored from second base on Isaac Galloway’s high-bouncing single to left field in the bottom of the 13th inning, and the New Orleans Zephyrs ended a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 5-4 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers.
The Zephyrs (29-32) cut Omaha’s series lead to 2-1 with the final game Sunday.
The Z’s had tied the score 4-4 in the 12th. Jordany Valdespin hit a two-out single against reliever Brian Broderick, Cole Gillespie doubled and Reid Brignac singled. Austin Wates followed with a single to left, but Brignac was thrown out at home.
Left fielder Brett Eibner’s two-out single in the top of the inning against reliever Jon Link scored Matt Fields and Dusty Coleman, giving Omaha a 4-2 lead.
Haines in timeout
Zephyrs manager Andy Haines, who was ejected from Friday night’s game, was suspended by the Pacific Coast League for Saturday’s game.
Haines, who also was fined an undisclosed amount, has been ejected three times this season.
“It’s my first suspension,” said Haines, who was not allowed in the dugout Saturday. “I feel like I have to stick up for my players.”
It occurred in the sixth inning. Home plate umpire A.J. Johnson ruled that Zephyrs third baseman Juan Diaz had struck out swinging, making the the second out in the inning. Diaz argued he’d checked his swing, which television replays appeared to show. Diaz was ejected.
Haines sped from the third-base coaching box and vehemently took up Diaz’s cause. After a helmet toss and dirt-kicking, Haines, too, was ejected.
More arms help
The Marlins sent pitchers Andre Rienzo and Kendry Flores to New Orleans.
Rienzo had gone up to Miami on May 23 and made three appearances, allowing two earned runs in 7.0 innings. He will start Sunday’s series finale against Omaha.
Flores, who had been called up from Double-A Jacksonville to Miami, appeared in two games and didn’t allow a run in 3.2 innings. The Marlins obtained him in the offseason from the San Francisco Giants in the Casey McGehee trade.
Right-hander Rob Morey, who pitched Friday night, was placed on the disabled list with a blister.
with a blister on his middle finger.
“I started getting it on my index finger in 2012 and again in 2013,” Morey said. “Then, last year, I started getting them on my middle finger and my thumb, (but) only in New Orleans. So, I think it has a lot to do with the humidity here. I don’t get them out West.”
Morey (1-1, 2.00 ERA) allowed just one run on eight hits in 6.2 innings Friday.
Jarred Cosart, on rehab assignment from the Marlins, pitched a bullpen session Saturday morning and will make another start with the Zephyrs. That will come Tuesday at Round Rock. … Omaha starter Brandon Finnegan, the only pitcher ever to pitch in the College World Series and the Major League Baseball World Series in the same season, was called up to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.