Five Oklahoma City pitchers combined to hold the Zephyrs in check as the RedHawks beat New Orleans 6-1 Wednesday at Zephyr Field.
The Zephyrs (20-26) stranded 14 base-runners, going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Zephyrs pitchers walked five batters, bringing their total to 17 in the past two games. Starter Bryan Evans (4-3) walked five.
Oklahoma City (26-21) scored two runs in the third inning, with Andy Simunic scored from second after Zephyrs catcher Rob Brantly fielded Adron Chambers’ grounder in front of the plate and overthrew first base. Erik Castro scored on a ground out by Domingo Santana.
Simunic’s one-out opposite-field single to right scored Kike Hernandez in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.
Brantly doubled in Jake Marisnick in the bottom of the inning, the first run scored by New Orleans in 15.2 innings.
WHAT: Red Hawks at Zephyrs.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs left-hander Andrew Heaney (0-0, 0.0 ERA) vs. RedHawks right-hander Nick Tropeano (2-3, 2.95).
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.
Zephyrs fans will get to see the Miami Marlins’ No. 1 prospect on Thursday night as Andrew Heaney takes the mound for his Triple A debut.
Heaney, who will wear No. 35, was 4-2 with a 2.35 earned-run average in nine starts with AA Jacksonville. He has struck out 52 batters in 53.2 innings.
“I’ve been throwing more strikes, keeping the ball down, getting quicker outs,” said Heaney, who was drafted ninth overall in 2012 from Oklahoma State. “I had to learn the hard way last season in Double A.
“My first outing was pretty solid. But my second, I left the ball up and all over the plate. I lasted three innings, gave up five runs. You remember being humbled like that.”
The Zephyrs’ Andy Haines managed Heaney in Class A Greensboro and said he has three excellent pitches but that his slider is most impressive. Oddly, Heaney said that’s the pitch he’s working on most now.
“I need to get my slider back to where it has been, throwing it for strikes and being consistent with that,” he said.
Haines said: “He’s exciting. It won’t take you long to see why he’s a No. 1 prospect.”
Major League Baseball umpires Mike Evans and Tony Randazzo are on rehabilitation assignments calling Zephyrs games through Monday. … Zephyrs first baseman Justin Bour missed Wednesday’s game with a stomach flu, Haines said. Bour leads the team in hitting (.331), doubles (16) and walks (21). “We had that going around the team at the beginning of the season, so I kept him out as a precaution,” Haines said. “We hope to have him back (Thursday).”