Miami Marlins right-hander Mat Latos allowed one run on three hits in 4.2 innings in his rehab assignment, and relievers Fabian Williams and Lay Batista shut out Nashville the rest of the way in the second game a doubleheader Monday at Zephyr Field.
Shortstop Reid Brignac scored two runs, as New Orleans snapped a two-game losing streak. The Zephyrs can get split of the series today.
In the first game — the resumptions of a nine-inning game suspended April 27th because of rain — right fielder Austin Wates singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh inning. Wates later threw out Nashville’s Luke Carlin at third base for the third out in the ninth.
The game was continued with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. The win means the Z’s won the April 25-28 series three games to one.
Nick Wittgren pitched the ninth for his seventh consecutive save.
The Miami Marlins selected Zephyrs shortstop Miguel Rojas as the organization’s Player of the Month for May.
Known as a stellar fielder, Rojas batted .347 (34-for-98) in 26 games during the month. He hit six doubles and on home run and drove in 10 runs, posting a .404 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage. Entering June, he had a .342 batting average, which was third in the Pacific Coast League.
“It feels good,” said Rojas, 26, who played 85 games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, mostly as a late defensive replacement. “I’m with a new organization, so to get reocgnized is a good thing.”
However, it was near the end of the month — on May 28 — in a 4-2 loss at home to Albuquerque that Rojas uncharacteristically had two errors, including one to start the ninth that led to three Isotopes runs.
The Z’s hit the road after that game, and Rojas was in an 0-for-20 slump before getting an RBI single in the eighth of the trip’s final game on June 5 at Tocama. However, he went 0-for-8 in the first two games against Nashville, and has averaged dropped to .297.
“I don’t think I’ve been trying to do anything different, but my timing is off,” Rojas said. “I’ll keep working and stay patient.”
When Nashville right-fielder Kent Matthes doubled home Joey Wendle with no out in the first inning of the resumed game, it marked the third consecutive game in which the Sounds scored first. However, the resumed game was not part of the series. … Heading into Monday’s game, the Zephyrs had scored two or fewer runs in each of their five losses during the past six games. New Orleans is last in the PCL in scoring and second to last in home runs. “It’s who we are,” manager Andy Haines said. “We have to string together hits. Hitting can be contagious, so we’re looking to start doing that again. But (not scoring) puts a lot of pressure on your pitching staff.” … Tuesday is Camp Day for the Z’s series finale vs. Nashville. Approximately 3,500 children from various camps are expected to attend the game, which begins at 11 a.m.