Paul Clemens shut out Colorado Springs on two hits in a game shortened to five innings by rain in the series opener Saturday at Zephyr Field.
It was the third consecutive win for the Zephyrs (24-30), who can tie their season high on Sunday.
Clemens (5-4) struck out five, walked one and hit a batter. The Sky Sox (25-26) threatened in the fifth with two on and one out. But after reliever Jaye Chapman advanced both with a sacrifice bunt, leadoff hitter Keon Braxton grounded out to second baseman Austin Nola.
Nola scored in the first on Destin Hood’s one-out line single to left. After starter Taylor Jungmann (1-3) walked the bases loaded in the fourth, two runs scored on Adrien Nieto’s two-out single to center field.
Since Carlos Corporan was signed by the Marlins and sent to the Zephyrs on May 27, catcher Tomas Telis has had to get into the lineup elsewhere. Against Tacoma, an American League affiliate, he was the designated hitter. In the just-completed road series at Memphis, he played first base.
Telis has to be in the lineup. He is batting .321. Before the Memphis series, he was hitting .351.
Asked what position he’d rather play, Telis said, “catcher. That’s the position that will get me in the big leagues.”
New Orleans was last in the league against opposing base-stealers with Telis and Adrien Nieto behind the plate, although Telis showed improvement in his most recent games.
Money for baby
Pitcher Cody Hall, who played at Southern University, was called up by the Marlins during the series at Memphis.
Hall played for the San Francisco Giants last season, was claimed off waivers by Arizona during the offseason, then released at the start of this season.
It all worked out. Being sent to the Zephyrs coincided with the birth of son Cannon for Cody and wife Anna, putting them near family located in Gonzalez. And now, even if brief, he’ll get a higher salary by being on a Major League roster.
When Hood stole second base in the first inning of Saturday’s game, it was the Zephyrs’ 49th stolen base of the season, with 90 games remaining. New Orleans had a franchise record-low 48 stolen bases for all of last season. ...Andre Rienzo (1-1, 2.59 ERA), who leads the Zephyrs with four saves, was placed on the disabled list with a strained lower back. Left-hander Raudel Lazo (0-1, 3.09) was called up from Double-A Jacksonville.