What: Zephyrs (15-23) at Albuquerque Isotopes (20-20)
When: 7:35 p.m.
Where: Isotopes Park, Albuquerque, N.M.
Probable starters: RH Jarred Cosart (1-2, 5.89 ERA) vs. TBD
Radio: WODT-AM, 1280
Looking to bounce back
Zephyrs starting pitcher Jarred Cosart began the season impressively but has since struggled.
In his first outing, he allowed just one run on three hits in five innings on April 28 in the series opener against Memphis, a 2-1 Zephyrs win. The Z’s won the next game 7-0 and were playing well when the series’ final two games were rained out.
In his next start, May 3 at Oklahoma City, he shut out the Dodgers on six hits over six innings in a 2-0 win, the Zephyrs’ fourth in a row.
It was great news for Cosart, 25, who battled vertigo last season.
However, he has been in a tailspin in his past two outings. On May 8 in the pivotal third game of the series at Round Rock, he allowed four runs in 3.1 innings in a 4-3 loss. The Z’s also lost the next game 2-1 in losing the series three games to one.
Now Cosart, who had 13 starts with the Marlins last season before coming to the Zs, is on the mound as New Orleans tries to end a season-high seven-game losing streak.
The Zephyrs, who return home Monday, lost all four games at El Paso, the first time this season they were swept. The Z’s have lost 11 of their past 13 games. … New Orleans remains last in the league in hitting (.233). However, its batting average went up from .220 during the series against the Chihuahuas. The Z’s also are 15th in the 16-team Pacific Coast League in runs batted in (131) and total bases (428). One reason is that they are fifth in strikeouts (312). On the good side, New Orleans has 24 home runs after hitting a franchise-low 68 last season. Outfielder Dustin Hood has seven. New Orleans also has 37 stolen bases after finishing last in the league last season with 48. Outfielder Isaac Galloway is third in the PCL with 14, having been caught stealing just twice. He passed teammate Kenny Wilson, who is fourth with 13 and has been thrown out four times. … After beginning the season in their customary spot among the league leaders in pitching, the Zephyrs are an uncharacteristic 14th in earned run average (4.64). Help, however, appears to have arrived. Or returned. Hard-throwing starter Kendry Flores and All-Star reliever Nick Wittgren are back after brief stints with the Marlins. … Albuquerque is the second consecutive Pacific Southern Division team the Zephyrs are facing. In Zephyrs-like fashion, they won their first two home games against American Southern leader Round Rock, then lost the final two games. Albuquerque is 12-8 at home, including 6-6 in May. The Isotopes are 6-11 overall this month. Right fielder Jordan Patterson (.351) is fourth in the league in hitting. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi is hitting .328, and left fielder Mike Touchman .326.
— Darrell Williams