Destin Hood broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and New Orleans won its second consecutive game in the series Friday night at Zephyr Field.
With a crowd of 5,397, the Zephyrs (28-31) won their third game in a row and seventh in eight games. Omaha (27-32) lost its fourth straight.
Hood’s homer, his team-leading ninth, came after catcher Carlos Corporan was hit by a pitch from reliever Mark Peterson (1-2) leading off the seventh and Austin Nola singled to center field with two outs.
It marked his second consecutive game with a big hit in the seventh that led to a win. In Thursday’s series opener, he hit an RBI triple to center field, touching off a five-run inning.
Starter Paul Clemens (6-4) shut out the Storm Chasers on four hits through seven innings. However, reliever Eric Jokisch allowed two runs on three singles and two walks in the eighth before being relieved by Jo-Jo Reyes.
The six proposed nicknames on which fans will vote have been cleared by Minor League Baseball concerning any trademark infringements, said Jason Klein of Brandiose, which is doing the rebranding of the Zephyrs.
“We received clearance (Wednesday) that fans can pick their favorites,” Klein said. “It’s more the logistics of being set up to make sure the online voting is able to work.”
Klein said the list of names will be released “in a week or so” by the Zephyrs. Brandiose pared to six a list that was 2,539. Brandiose officials went around the New Orleans metro area talking with fans and community leaders “separating what the community of New Orleans is proud of, what they identify with vs maybe traditionally promoted about New Orleans across America,” Klein said.
“Part of it also is was it a name that inspires the name of your mascot, the name of your kids’ club and the name of your promotions?”
A DIFFERENT LINEUP
The Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, are in an unusual position being in last place in the Pacific Coast League’s American Southern Division.
The Chasers won division titles from 2011-14, PCL crowns in 2011, ‘13 and ‘14 and the Triple A World Series in ‘13 and ‘14.
However, the parent team has been hit by injuries this season, including the loss of two players on the same play due to a collision in the outfield. Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, stolen bases leader Whit Merrifield and left fielder Brett Eibner were called up from Omaha, and steady Jose Martinez was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Moreover, pitchers Brian Duensing and Dave Huff opted out of their contracts.
Omaha has lost nine of its past 10 games and 12 of its past 14.
Outfielder Isaac Galloway stole his 18th base after walking with two outs in the second inning Friday. It put him three behind Nashville second baseman Arismendy Alcantara, the league leader, and two ahead of teammate Kenny Wilson, who is tied for third. … Former Southern University right-hander Cody Hall, sent to the Zephyrs on Thursday after four days with the Marlins, was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right shoulder impingement. Tyler McKinley was brought up from Jacksonville, where he led the team with five saves and had a 2.30 earned-run average. In 20 appearances totalling 27 1/3 innings, opponents batted just .188 (19-for-101) against him.