ROUND ROCK 4, ZEPHYRS 2

The Round Rock Express scored three runs in the third inning on Wednesday at Zephyr Field in a game delayed 20 minutes by a power outage.

The stadium’s lights went out at 9:06 p.m when a transformer went out.

Round Rock took a two games to one lead in the series with the finale Thursday night. The loss was the fifth in six games for New Orleans, who fell 1 ½ games out of first place in the American Southern Division standings.

Jason Donald, Kenuske Tanaka and Luis Sardinas each hit one-out doubles against Zephyrs starter Anthony DeSclafani (1-2) in the third. One out later, Bryan Petersen singled in Sardinas as the Express took a 3-2 lead.

Ryan Rua homered to center field in the ninth.

New Orleans had taken a 2-0 lead in the second. Jordany Valdespin led off against Justin Germano (3-7) with his fourth home run of the season. Juan Diaz followed with a double, and Matt Angle drove him in with a one-out single.

Thursday’s game

WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Round Rock Express

WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie

WHEN: 7:07 p.m.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Adam Conley (2-2, 4.08 ERA) vs. Express LH Ryan Feierabend (7-5, 3.79)

BROADCASTS: WMTI 106.1 FM, MiLB.tv

Prospect

When right fielder Kyle Jensen homered in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday, giving New Orleans an 8-7 victory, it marked the second consecutive game in which he’d homered against Round Rock.

That it was Jensen perhaps should not have come as a surprise, especially with the Express being the opponent. This season, he has hit seven of his 15 home runs against Round Rock and has batted .389, with 18 RBI in 13 games. He also has hit six doubles against them.

The homer marked the third consecutive game in which Jensen has gotten a hit. Before this streak, he’d gone 2-for-27 (.074) in his previous seven games, dating to July 20 at home against Fresno. He credits patience at the plate for his recent success.

“My swing has been feeling good,” said Jensen, who is in his first full Triple-A season. “I’ve been staying in there, been seeing a lot of pitches, been getting some walks (four in the three games). Mainly just going out there, getting the pitches to hit, trying to do that.”

Even with that bad stretch, he is batting .274 this season with 18 doubles, 54 RBI and 42 runs. Perhaps most important for him as a Major League prospect, this marks the sixth consecutive season in his seven-year pro career in which he has double-figure home runs.

Extra bases

Pitcher Brad Hand was called up to the Marlins and will pitch Thursday against Philadelphia in Miami. Reliever Greg Nappo was brought up from Jacksonville. He was 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA in 24 appearances, which included 20 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Nappo pitched in three games with the Z’s in April. …. Tuesday’s extra-inning game lasted three hours, 49 minutes and came after Monday’s went 3:57, a season long for a nine-inning game. … Jensen’s homer was the only extra-base hit by the Zephyrs, who had 11 singles. The Zephyrs batted .263 on Tuesday. They’d hit .213 over their past 13 games. Before that rough stretch, the Z’s had hit .319 covering the previous nine games. … New Orleans batters struck out 12 times Tuesday, the fifth consecutive game in which they’ve fanned 10 or more times. During that stretch, the Z’s have struck out 58 times. They had 690 strikeouts, fourth-most in the PCL, heading into Wednesday’s game. … The one-run victory ended a streak of four losses by one run. New Orleans is 10-15 in one-run games this season.

Darrell Williams

Thursday’s game

WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs

vs. Round Rock Express

WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie

WHEN: 7:07 p.m.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Adam Conley (2-2, 4.08 ERA) vs. Express LH Ryan Feierabend

(7-5, 3.79)

BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv

Prospect

When right fielder Kyle Jensen homered in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday, giving New Orleans an 8-7 victory, it marked the second consecutive game in which he’d homered against Round Rock.

Perhaps it should not have come as a surprise, especially with the Express being the opponent. This season, Jensen has hit seven of his 15 home runs against Round Rock and has batted .389, with 18 RBIs in 13 games. He also has hit six doubles against them.

The homer marked the third consecutive game in which Jensen has gotten a hit. Before this streak, he’d gone 2-for-27 (.074) in his previous seven games, dating to July 20 at home against Fresno. He credits patience at the plate for his recent success.

“My swing has been feeling good,” said Jensen, who is in his first full Triple-A season. “I’ve been staying in there, been seeing a lot of pitches, been getting some walks (four in the three games). Mainly just going out there, getting the pitches to hit, trying to do that.”

Even with that bad stretch, he is batting .274 this season with 18 doubles, 54 RBIs and 42 runs. Perhaps most important for him as a Major League prospect, this marks the sixth consecutive season in his seven-year pro career in which he has double-figure home runs.

Extra bases

Pitcher Brad Hand was called up to the Marlins and will pitch Thursday against Philadelphia in Miami. Reliever Greg Nappo was brought up from Jacksonville. He was 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA in 24 appearances, which included 20.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Nappo pitched in three games with the Z’s in April. … Tuesday’s extra-inning game lasted three hours, 49 minutes and came after Monday’s went 3:57, a season long for a nine-inning game. … Jensen’s homer was the only extra-base hit by the Zephyrs, who had 11 singles. The Zephyrs batted .263 on Tuesday. They’d hit .213 over their past 13 games. Before that rough stretch, the Z’s had hit .319 covering the previous nine games. … New Orleans batters struck out 12 times Tuesday, the fifth consecutive game in which they’ve fanned 10 or more times. During that stretch, the Z’s have struck out 58 times. They had 690 strikeouts, fourth-most in the PCL, heading into Wednesday’s game. … The one-run victory ended a streak of four losses by one run. New Orleans is 10-15 in one-run games this season.

Darrell Williams