Zephyrs 7, Grizzlies 5
Donovan Solano beat the throw on a double-play ground ball to shortstop, enabling Derek Dietrich to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Thursday night at Zephyr Field.
Solano later scored on a bases-loaded walk by Jorge Vucardo.
The victory was second for New Orleans (40-37) against Fresno (37-38) in the four-game series, which concludes Friday.
Juan Diaz had singled in Mark Cahna before Solano’s grounder, tying the score at 5.
Fresno had taken a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning with three runs against against Zephyrs reliever Sam Dyson on a two-run double by Joe Panik and a run-scoring single by Mark Minicozzi.
New Orleans led 4-2 on Kyle Jensen’s three-run homer in the first against Edwin Escobar and a towering solo blast to left in the sixth, his team-leading 13th.
Fresno’s Adam Duvall hit his Pacific Coast League-leading 23rd homer in the second, and Darren Ford scored from third base on Gary Brown’s single to center in the fifth, trimming the Z’s lead to 3-2.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Fresno Grizzlies
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 7 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.63 ERA) vs. TBA
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Second baseman Derek Dietrich was sent to New Orleans by thed Marlins mostly to work on his fielding.
His one error in 11 games, however, is a mere afterthought when considering what he’s done at the plate. Dietrich is batting .364, but his power — six home runs in his first 10 games, in 41 at-bats — has been impressive. He leads the team in home runs in June and has 14 RBIs.
Manager Andy Haines said Dietrich, 24, has been the consummate pro.
“He’s come down here and done everything he’s supposed to do,” Haines said. “He shows up every day and does early work. He’s just playing the game. He’s not getting caught up in AAA and ‘Why me? Why am I down here?’”
Dietrich had five homers in 130 at-bats spanning 41 games with Miami.
The Marlins called up veteran reliever Kevin Gregg and optioned left-hander Dan Jennings to New Orleans. Gregg, who pitched with the Chicago Cubs last season, was Miami’s closer in 2007 and ‘08. He was signed as a free agent on June 3 and joined the Zephyrs in El Paso on June 9 after some bullpen sessions in Jupiter, Fla. From the day he signed, he was expected to join the big-league team within 10 days. He had five appearances with New Orleans, going 1-0 with a 3.80 ERA. Jennings’ most-recent call-up was on May 22. He has appeared in 23 games this season with the Marlins, pitching 21 innings with 22 strikeouts and compiled a sparkling 0.86 ERA. However, he gave up 24 hits and walked 11. … Versatile Jordany Valdespin is due to come off the seven-day disabled list today. He’d bruised his right foot when he fouled a ball off it on June 12 at El Paso. … Second baseman Donovan Solano, optioned by the Marlins during Monday’s call-ups of four Zephyrs, reported to the Z’s on Thursday. Solano has a 22-game hitting streak with the Zephyrs going back to the 2012 season. It is tied for the best in the team’s history. … Haines said left-hander Brad Hand’s rehabilitation assignment, which ends July 3, is from start to start concerning when he could be called back up. … When New Orleans went without an error in Wednesday’s game, it ended a streak of three consecutive games with an error. However, New Orleans has the fewest errors in the PCL (49). … The Zephyrs continue their eight-game home stand with four games against Sacramento beginning Saturday.