All-Star outfielder Destin Hood and Matt Juengel hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, and New Orleans won the series opener Monday at Zephyr Field.
Xavier Scruggs walked leading off the inning, then Hood hit his 13th homer to center field off starter Kyle Lohse (3-5). Juengel followed with a solo shot to center, his fifth, and the Zephyrs (39-43) won their second consecutive game.
“We were down and looking for something to get going, and their starter was throwing zeroes,” manager Arnie Beyeler said. “We put a couple of good swings on it, and fortunately the wind was carrying out.”
Round Rock (45-40) had taken a 2-0 lead against reliever Chris Reed (2-4) in the top of the inning on throwing errors by Zephyrs catcher Carlos Corporan and Scruggs.
The Express had runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth. However, Zephyrs reliever Cody Ege got DeShields in a run down, ending the game.
Hot coming in
First baseman/outfielder Xavier Scruggs definitely was the bright spot as the Z’s struggled through a 2-7 finish to their just-completed road trip.
Scruggs batted 14-for-44 (.318) in the nine games, with three home runs, six RBIs and and eight runs. The three home runs, six RBIs and five of the runs came during the final series at Colorado Springs.
He hit two homers in the final game against the Sky Sox, his second multi-home run game of the season. The first came on June 15 at Round Rock.
After missing 21 days with a pulled hamstring, Scruggs (.289) returned on June 10. He has gone 21-for-70 (.300) since with six of his 10 home runs.
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski was sent to the Zephyrs on June 29. He will make his first start Tuesday against Round Rock.
Wojciechowski was claimed off waivers by the Marlins from the Houston Astros on May 24. He then appeared in two games with Double-A Jacksonville, allowing three runs in 10.2 innings, striking out nine. He pitched two innings with the Z’s on June 30 at Colorado Springs and didn’t allow a run.
Wojciechowski has a fastball in the low 90s. His slider is considered good, but his changeup below-average. Scouts say he needs to develop a consistent pitch to get batters out.
Right-hander Tyler Kinley was sent to Jacksonville to make room for on the roster for Narveson, who returned from paternity leave. Kinley was 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in seven appearances with the Z’s since being called up from Jacksonville on June 10. Reliever Brian Ellington was sent back from Miami on Friday. He’d been called up on June 5 after opponents batted just .128 against him, which led the Pacific Coast League.