Storm Chasers 4, Zephyrs 3
All-Star center fielder Paulo Orlando hit a three-run double in the third inning, Matt Field hit a solo homer in the fifth, staking Omaha to a 4-1 lead on Friday at Zephyr Field.
The loss was the fourth in a row for New Orleans (53-53) and the first at home to Omaha (55-50) this season.
The Zephyrs’ Danny Black homered to right with Kyle Skipworth on in the bottom of the fifth against Omaha starter John Lamb, cutting the lead to 4-3. However, Storm Chasers relievers blanked the Zephyrs the rest of the way after Lamb was thrown out of the game.
After Black’s homer, Lamb then threw a pitch behind the next hitter, Zephyrs shortstop Juan Diaz, and was ejected by home plate umpire Chris Gonzales. Storm Chasers pitching coach Larry Carter also was thrown out by third base umpire Brandon Misun for protesting.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 6 p.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs RH Elih Villanueva (9-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. Storm Chasers LH Buddy Baumann (1-1, 1.46)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv
Baumann was a key player as a setup man for the Storm Chasers’ Triple-A World Series title last season and also had that role this season.
Then, Omaha starter Sugar Ray Marimon was placed on the disabled list with a strained right triceps on July 7.
This will be his third start this season. In his first one, against Iowa, he pitched four innings, allowed three hits but no walks and no runs, striking out five. In his second start on Monday at Memphis, he again pitched four innings and allowed three hits, giving up one run with three strikeouts.
In between, Baumann, a left-hander, pitched a 1-2-3 inning of relief against the Zephyrs in Iowa on July 18.
“We’ve been holding him to about 65 pitches,” said manager Brian Poldberg. “Sugar Ray is going to throw a simulated game (Saturday) to see where he’s at. Meanwhile, Buddy just comes in and keeps getting the job done in whatever role he’s in.”
The Zephyrs are 9-3 against Omaha this season, including 4-0 (April 24-27) at Zephyr Field. New Orleans won three of four in the teams’ most recent series, at Omaha, with the Storm Chasers winning the series finale to prevent a sweep. … The Zephyrs entered the series having lost their past three games at Iowa. Beginning five games before the All-Star break, New Orleans had won eight of 10 games to climb into first place in the American South Division. … Three Storm Chasers made the All-Star team — outfielder Paulo Orlando, pitcher Spencer Patton and catcher Francisco Pena, son of former major league catcher and Zephyrs manager Tony Pena. Patton, however, was informed while eating breakfast with his family at the All-Star game that he’d been traded to the Texas Rangers for big-leaguer Jason Frazier. Patton, who pitched one inning in the All-Star game with his Omaha jersey on, is now with Triple-A Round Rock. … Zephyrs LH Adam Conley was placed on the disabled list with a strained left triceps. He also was on the DL from May 6-June 22 with a strained left elbow. He came back to pitch in five games, but allowed 22 runs in 20.1 innings, with 13 walks.