Left-fielder Alden Carrithers’ two-out single drove in Jason Pridie from second base, and Nashville won by scoring in the ninth inning for the second consecutive game Sunday at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans left-hander Justin Nicolino pitched 8.2 innings, getting out the first two batters in the ninth. However, he gave up an opposite-field double to Jason Pridie, and Carrithers followed with his single.
“I usually would have brought in a reliever for the ninth, but Nicolino had thrown just 88 pitches,” Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. “Pridie usually doesn’t do well against left-handed pitchers, but he fought and got a big hit.”
Nashville starter Brad Mills allowed just two runs on six hits in 6.1 innings. However, it marked the ninth career start against the Z’s in which he didn’t get the decision.
Latos to pitch
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Mat Latos will start the second game of Monday’s doubleheader for the Zephyrs as part of his rehab assignment.
Latos, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound right-hander, has been out since May 22 with inflammation in his left knee. He threw a bullpen session on Monday that Marlins manager Dan Jennings said went well. Initially, Latos was to make two minor league appearances, but now it may be one.
“I know he’s going to throw 85 to 90 pitches,” Zephyrs’ Haines said. “We don’t know if he’ll then go right back to Miami. A lot may depend on how he is the next day after he pitches.”
Latos, 27, was obtained from the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason with one year and $9.4 million remaining on his contract. He was to be a key part of the Marlins’ rotation but has a 1-4 record with a 6.12 ERA in nine starts covering 42.2 innings.
Left-hander Adam Conley was called up after Sunday’s game to replace Miami pitcher Bryan Morris, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday after coming out of Saturday’s game vs. Colorado with a lower back strain. Conley a starter with the Z’s, will come out of the bullpen for the Marlins. He started and relieved in college at Washington State in 2011. …catcher Jhonatan Solano, who was called up on April 24, is rejoining the Z’s on Monday. He had replaced Jeff Mathis after the ring finger on his right hand was broken by a foul tip. However, Mathis, who spent a week with the Z’s on a rehab assignment, was called back to Miami. … The Marlins released Z’s reliever Salvador Sanchez after Sunday’s game. Right-hander John Link, 31, is joining New Orleans from the Marlins’ extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Link was signed last August then assigned to Double-A Jacksonville.