Zephyrs 5-5, Redbirds 4-1
Zack Cox picked up where he left off in the first game Sunday, driving in two runs in the regularly scheduled game at Zephyr Field.
Cox hit a home run to center field with two out in the eighth inning, giving New Orleans a 5-4 victory in the resumption of a game suspended Saturday because of rain.
Then, in the seven-inning regularly scheduled game, Cox tripled with one out in the fifth inning, scoring Kyle Jensen for a 1-0 lead. The Zephyrs (70-73) pushed the lead to 4-0 in the sixth against Boone Whiting (4-7) on two-out singles by Jensen, scoring Justin Bour, and Cox, again plating Jensen.
Robert Morey (1-1) shut out Memphis (78-64) on four hits over six innings, striking out eight. The Redbirds came into the day having clinched the American Southern Division title when Nashville lost the second game of a double-header Saturday against Round Rock.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Memphis Redbirds.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
WHEN: 1 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Andrew Heaney (5-4, 3.84 ERA) vs. Redbirds LH Tim Cooney (14-6, 3.47).
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv.
Zephyrs’ reliever Chaz Roe was traded for cash considerations to the New York Yankees on Sunday, Miami Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott said.
Scott said a number of teams had been calling recently about Roe, who throws a hard, effective sinker. He was selected to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team this season, and has a 3.66 earned-run average, 14 saves in 18 opportunities and 72 strikeouts and in 64.0 innings, with just 21 walks, over 47 games.
“He came back in the second half of the season and was impressive,” Scott said. “And, I think having experience with the (Arizona) Diamondbacks helped.”
Roe appeared in 21 games last season with Arizona, with a 4.03 ERA in 22.1 innings.
Roe, who got a save in nine of his first 10 opportunities this season, did not appear in the Triple-A All-Star Game because of a shoulder injury. However, he bounced back and was effective after the break.
Cox’s home run Sunday in the resumption of Saturday’s game was the Zephyrs’ 149th of the season. It is the second-highest total in Zephyrs history, four behind the club record set in 2012. Mark Canha had hit No. 148 Saturday before the game was suspended due to rain in the top of the fifth inning. … The Zephyrs .241 batting average in August was the lowest in the Pacific Coast League. … Juan Diaz’s nine-game hitting streak ended Sunday in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game when he went 0-for-4. He had gone 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs Friday.