Sky Sox 2, Zephyrs 0
Catcher Nevin Ashley hit a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning, and Colorado Springs won its third consecutive game in the series Saturday at Zephyr Field.
Starter Hirom Burgos (2-1) and three relievers combined to shut out New Orleans (42-51) on five hits.
The Zephyrs, who have lost five of their past six games and nine of their past 11, have not led in the series, spanning 27 innings.
“I feel we’re hitting the ball OK. We’re missing that big hit to bring them in.” Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said after the Zephyrs went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine on base.
Colorado Springs (36-54) won its fourth consecutive game, the first time this season it has had a streak of as many wins.
Cosart seems OK
Marty Scott, the Miami Marlins vice president for player development, said it doesn’t appear that Jarred Cosart left Friday night’s game because of vertigo.
“It was more a case of dehydration,” Scott said Saturday. “He was taken to the hospital and received a lot of fluids. So we’ll wait a few days and see how he feels.”
Cosart, 25, is scheduled to see a doctor Sunday.
“We want to make sure it’s not (vertigo), just get a better understanding of what’s going on with him,” Scott said.
Cosart left the game after 1.2 innings after throwing 30 pitches. He was sweating profusely and had to be helped from the field by manager Andy Haines and trainer Chris Olson.
Cosart has had issues since May 21 with vertigo, which affects equilibrium. Haines expressed great concern after the game.
Proud of Aaron
Zephyrs shortstop Austin Nola, a former LSU standout, said he was very proud for younger brother Aaron Nola after he was called up Friday morning by the Philadelphia Phillies from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The move had been expected, particularly after Aaron was selected for the July 12 Futures Game featuring baseball’s top minor league prospects.
Austin said he found it inspirational also, not that he needed outside motivation.
“You have a brother, he’s up there, you want to get up there to see him and be with him and get to experience that opportunity with him,” he said.
Austin said Aaron understandably is excited but feels he’s ready, having prepared a long time. Austin said it took him back to when they were kids, dreaming of this.
Aaron’s debut will come Tuesday. The Zephyrs will be playing the Memphis Redbirds at that time.
“I’ll record it,” Nola said. “It’s awesome. I can’t wait to watch.”
Jordany Valdespin returned to the Zephyrs after missing the series’ first two games because of a family issue. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning and flied out to center field. … In the eighth inning, former LSU pitcher Austin Ross faced Nola, his former Tigers teammate, and struck him out. … Reid Brignac, who was in a 16-for-96 slump entering Saturday’s game, hit two doubles, including one in the eighth on which Sky Sox right fielder Elian Herrera lost the ball in the lights. … Chris Reed, whom the Marlins obtained in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, pitched the ninth inning.
-- Darrell Williams