Zephyrs 2, Redbirds 2
Saturday’s third game of the Zephyrs’ series against Memphis was suspended in the bottom of the fifth inning and will resume at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The game went into a rain delay at 7:34. The rain stopped at 8, but umpires decided at 8:10 to suspend the game until Sunday.
Zephyrs pitcher Alex Sanabia had gotten an infield hit when the rain came pouring down. The game will resume with him on first base.
New Orleans (68-73) led 2-1 entering the fifth, but Memphis (78-62) tied the score on Tommy Pham fielder’s choice grounder that brought in Rafael Ortega from third base. Ortega led off the inning with a double to right-center.
The Zephyrs had taken a 2-1 lead in the third. Sanabia led off that inning with an infield hit, and Mark Canha homered with two outs against Zack Petrick.
The Redbirds scored in the first when Pham was hit by a pitch, stole second and came in on Ed Easley’s double.
Nashville had cut Memphis’ lead in the American Southern Division to 2½ games by winning the first game of a double-header against Round Rock when the Zephyrs-Redbirds game was suspended.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Memphis Redbirds
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 6 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Elih Villanueva (10-10, 4.47 ERA) vs. Redbirds RH Boone Whiting (4-6, 4.05)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv
Zephyrs left-fielder Mark Canha is batting .306 and leads the team with 137 hits, 82 runs and 57 walks and is second in home runs (20), RBI (81), doubles (28), total bases (232) and triples (three).
Before Friday’s 2-for-4 performance against Memphis, however, he had been in a 1-for-19 funk in his previous five games. Then he homered Saturday night.
Canha came into pro ball in 2010 as a first baseman from the University of California.
In Thursday’s opener against Memphis, the Zephyrs led 2-0 with one out in the fourth inning when Canha made a big play. With runners on first and second, the Redbirds’ Stephen Piscotty doubled to left field. One run scored, but Canha thew a laser to cut down Xavier Scruggs at the plate, preserving the lead in a game New Orleans won, 6-1.
Sanabia’s first pitch of Saturday’s game hit lead-off hitter Tommy Pham. It was the fifth time in the series a Memphis player had been hit by a pitch and the 91st time this season for the Redbirds, which leads the PCL. … The September call-ups are Monday, when Major League teams can expand their rosters from 25 to 40. Teams usually don’t expand that much, though, and the Miami Marlins are expected to bring up three or four players and likely all will be from the Zephyrs.