Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres

Zephyrs

Zack Cox hit two home runs and drove in four runs, and Derek Dietrich homered in his first game with New Orleans in an 8-2 win over the Round Rock Express on Saturday at Zephyr Field.

Zephyrs starter Andrew Heaney (3-0) allowed one run on five hits in six innings, striking out nine and walking one.

The Zephyrs chased Round Rock starter Daniel McCutchen (1-5) with seven runs on 11 hits in five innings, including five extra-base hits.

Cox came into the game batting .519 during a seven-game hitting streak. Dietrich was sent down from the Miami Marlins, mostly to work on his defense, and arrived Friday.

Sunday’s game

WHAT: Exress at Zephyrs

WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie

WHEN: 1 p.m.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs right-hander Elih Villanueva (6-2, 2.63 ERA) vs. Express right-hander Justin Germano (1-5, 3.74)

RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1

Prospect

Round Rock right fielder Brad Snyder, 31, may be past the prospect stage. However, he is a power hitter, and that usually draws interest.

Snyder is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in homers, with 18, and is third in RBIs (48) and third in total bases (123). And as modest as it is, his .281 batting average leads the Express.

However, Snyder also leads the league in strikeouts (77), a big reason he isn’t in the major leagues.

Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said it appears Snyder is always doing something well against his team, such as the home run he hit in the eighth inning of Thursday’s series opener.

Snyder is also known as a great presence from which young players on the team can.

Extra bases

Left fielder Brian Bogusevic, who said he has a hairline fracture of his right leg just above the ankle, said he expects to be back “in a few days.” Bogusevic was placed on the disabled list on May 30, retroactive to May 29. That made it appear he was injured on May 28, the second game of the Zephyrs series at Round Rock, when hit by a pitch. “It actually happened the previous Friday (May 23), at home against Nashville,” Bogusevic said. “I just knew it hurt a lot.” He continued to play on it. An X-ray showed the fracture. He ran on Wednesday, the team’s off day, then took batting practice on Thursday. “I’ll do some things like run the bases and other stuff before they clear me to come back,” he said. … Jordany Valdespin faced a possible three-game suspension for vehemently disagreeing with a call, then throwing bats onto the field after he was ejected during the Nashville series at Zephyr Field. He was given just an undisclosed fine by the league after hearing from Valdespin and the umpire.

Darrell Williams