Memphis, Tennessee — Ed Easley ripped a two-run, two-out single in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie game and the Memphis Redbirds went on to defeat the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs 6-3. The Birds won the series 4-1 and won seven-of-eight games this season in Memphis.
Randal Grichuk drilled a first-inning home run to get Memphis started. The Birds added a run in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Z’s fought back and tied the game with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
The Birds answered with a two-out rally in the sixth inning, scoring a pair of runs. Memphis added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth.
Reliever Dean Kiekhefer (2-3) earned the win for Memphis. Zephyrs starter Rob Morey making his New Orleans debut took the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.
Morey was added to the roster from Jacksonville and Casey McCarthy was transferred to Class A Jupiter. The Z’s were outscored 47-14 in the series.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Tacoma Rainiers
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Andrew Heaney (4-4, 4.35 ERA) vs. Rainiers RH TBD
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv
Shortstop Ketel Marte seems to define the word prospect.
At age 20, Marte was called up Sunday from the Double-A Jackson Generals of the Southern League after batting .302 in 109 games. He appeared in his first game with Tacoma on Monday against Fresno, going 0-for-1.
He was signed at age 17 as a free-agent from Nizao, Dominican Republic. He spent two years playing from rookie league to all levels of Single A. This as his first year in Double-A.
He has shown tremendous potential, a big reason he is getting his chance in Triple-A. At 6-feet-1, 180 pounds, he is very fast and had six triples and 27 doubles with the Generals. He also is a switch-hitter who batted .290 right-handed and .306 left-handed. He batted .302 in both the first and second halves of the season.
He came into the season needing to continue to work on this fielding. He made 29 errors through June, but has made four in past 36 games, giving the Mariners confidence in him.
He was rated as Seattle’s No. 20 Minor League prospect going into the season. He likely will enter next season in the top 10.
Tacoma right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was scheduled to pitch Monday but was called up by the Mariners. .. This is the Zephyrs’ first series (Tuesday-Friday) of the season against the Rainiers, who are in the Pacific North Division. The Zephyrs’ next series (Saturday-Tuesday) will be against the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), who also are in the Pacific North. … New Orleans is 4-4 against the Pacific North this season, having split consecutive home series against Fresno (June 17-20) and Fresno (June 21-24). … The Miami Marlins called up veteran Brad Penny on Saturday, and he pitched that night at Cincinnati allowing two runs, one earned, in five innings of a 4-3 win. It was his first Major League win in three years, his first appearance in two years and his first game with the Marlins in 10 years. … Starting left-hander Brian Flynn and reliever Edgar Olmos were optioned back down from the Marlins, and pitcher Robert Morey was called up to New Orleans from the Jacksonville Suns. He is the Zephyrs’ 13th starting pitcher this season.