Omaha Storm Chasers (27-30) at Zephyrs (26-31)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
STARTING PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Chris Reed (0-2, 3.33 ERA) vs. Storm Chasers RH Christian Binford (1-2, 3.67).
RADIO: WODT-AM, 1280
Try, try again
Chris Reed was brought up to the Zephyrs from Double-A Jacksonville on May 8 after reliever Eric Jokisch went on the disabled list. Jokisch returned, but Reed remained with the Z’s.
He has one victory this season, that coming with Jacksonville just before he came to New Orleans. In five starts with the Zephyrs, he has been unable to get a victory. Not that he hasn’t pitched well of late.
In his first Zephyrs outing on May 17 at El Paso, he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in four innings in an 11-7 loss. Manager Arnie Beyeler chalked it up to “getting used to the Triple-A level.”
Since then, Reed has had three consecutive games in which he went six innings, giving up no more than four hits in either game. On May 23, he allowed no runs on two hits and struck out nine, but the Reno Aces got to reliever Craig Breslow in winning 6-2.
In his next outing on May 28, he held Tacoma to two runs on four hits with just two walks but took the loss in a 7-3 Rainiers win. In his most recent appearance, June 2 at Memphis, he shut out the Redbirds on two hits with six strikeouts and two walks. However, the 4-1 win went to reliever Cody Ege.
Keeping hope alive
Since coming up from Jacksonville on May 23, outfielder/first baseman Brady Shoemaker has gone just 4-for-34.
After getting just his second hit, a double against Tacoma on May 27, he went 0-for-15 over the next seven games.
However, Shoemaker ended that skein Monday against Colorado Springs by going 2-for-3, including a hard single in the seventh inning that drove in the Zephyrs’ only run in a 2-1 loss. He had another single through the left side of the infield in the ninth that gave the Z’s two on with two outs.
In Tuesday’s series finale, he went 0-for-3 but scored two runs and drove in one in the 11-2 win.
The Zephyrs and Storm Chasers have met twice, with the teams splitting the season-opening series at Omaha before the Chasers won three of four during the April 15-18 series. … Omaha, a perennial playoff team, is in last place in the American North Division, 2.5 games behind American Northern leader Iowa. The Storm Chasers have lost eight of their past nine games, including three of four at home to Nashville in their most recent series. The series against the Zephyrs is the start of a season-high 12-game road trip for Omaha, which will play at Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs before returning home to host the Zephyrs starting June 21.
-- Darrell Williams