Left-hander Chris Reed shut out Omaha on one hit through seven innings, and Destin Hood’s one-out triple touched off a five-run sixth inning for New Orleans in the series opener Thursday at Zephyr Field.
The Zephyrs (27-31) won for the sixth time in seven games. It was the ninth loss in 10 games for Omaha (27-31).
Reed (1-2) didn’t walk a batter and struck out four in getting his first Triple-A win of the season, although it was his fourth consecutive quality start with the Zephyrs.
After Robert Andino was hit by a pitch from Omaha starter Christian Binford (1-3) leading off the sixth, and Hood drove him in. Matt Juengel and Tomas Telis followed with run-scoring singles, and Carlos Corporan and Brady Shoemaker hit consecutive two-out RBI doubles, chasing Binford.
Right-hander Jarred Cosart was placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. Cosart left his start at Memphis on June 3 because of the injury. Former Southern standout Cody Hall was sent back to the Zephyrs after two games with the Marlins. He allowed four runs in three innings. Hall had been called up on June 1. … For the second consecutive game, Robert Andino batted in the leadoff spot. When he led off Tuesday’s game against Colorado Springs, it marked the first time Kenny Wilson (45 games) or Isaac Galloway (11) was not the leadoff hitter. However, Wilson, who sat out Thursday, had gone 0-for-21 before getting a hit Tuesday. Andino also played center field Thursday, with Galloway moving to right field. … All four games of the series are being televised by Cox Sports Television. It’s CST’s first telecast of a Zephyrs game since a home game against Memphis on April 30. After this series, the next CST telecasts will be the first three games of the Oklahoma City series on June 17-19.
A .183 hitter this season, hitter this season, Zephyrs catcher Adrian Nieto doesn’t think his breakout performance Tuesday in the series finale against Colorado Springs was a stroke of luck.
He was 3-for-4, drove in a career-high five runs and was the third Zephyr this season to get a home run and a double in the same game.
“It makes me (feel) good because the work I’ve put in in the cage is paying off,” Nieto said as he prepared for Thursday’s first game against Omaha. “That always helps, to see yourself contribute to the team to win the game.”
Sharing time behind the plate with Tomas Telis and recently signed Carlos Corporan, Nieto has played intermittently. For instance, he is on a five-game hitting streak spread from May 24 to June 7. That’s why his work with hitting coach Paul Phillips and Marlins minor league hitting instructor Joe Dillon has been important, he said.
“They’ve given me some checkpoints to work on, not going so far back on my leg kick being the most important,” Nieto said. “I try to generate more with my upper half (of my body). That takes care of a lot of things, and now I go pretty deep into counts.”