Express 3, Zephyrs 2
Ryan Feierabend blanked New Orleans on four hits over seven innings, and Round Rock ended a three-game losing streak on Friday night at Zephyr Field.
The Zephyrs closed to one run in the eighth off reliever Neftali Feliz when Zack Cox hit a two-out double and Mark Canha homered. Nate Adcock pitched the ninth and got the save.
The Express got to Zephyrs starter Brian Flynn in the fourth for two runs on three singles, a walk and a wild pitch. Z’s shortstop Juan Diaz booted Bryan Petersen’s hard grounder in the fifth, allowing Jim Adduci to score.
New Orleans had the bases loaded with two out in the fifth, but Cox, batting .522 in the previous six games, hit a fly ball to left.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Round Rock Express
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 6 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Andrew Heaney (2-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. Express RH Daniel McCutchen (1-4, 4.29)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv
Kyle Skipworth and Rob Brantly each got a hit in Thursday’s series opener, pushing their streaks to eight games.
What’s odd is that both are catchers, and they’ve achieved the streaks basically alternating behind the plate. On the Zephyrs’ recently completed eight-game road trip, Brantly batted .429 (9-of-21) in five games, and Skipworth hit .385 (5-of-13) in four games, three of them starts.
That’s why Haines enjoys having the DH for this series.
“The way they play, it’s hard keeping them in a rhythm,” he said. “So that was a chance to keep both in the lineup and let them get some at-bats. They both are hitting well right now, as well as the whole team.”
Jack McKeon, who managed the Florida Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship, will be watching the Zephyrs this entire series. He is a special adviser who has been making stops at each classification level and filing away information on players. “I like to come after the season has started for a little while,” he said. “Let the players kind of get into a groove.” He said he wasn’t scouting anyone in particular. … Thursday night’s win, which came on Kyle Skipworth’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, was the seventh consecutive series opening win for New Orleans. The Z’s three home runs gave them 40 since May 1, third-most in the Pacific Coast League. … Right-hander Nate Adcock is down from the Texas Rangers on a rehab assignment with the Express. Adcoch pitched two-thirds of the seventh inning Thursday, relieving left-handed reliever Michael Kirkman with one out.