Zephyrs 2, Cubs 1
Kyle Jensen hit a dribbler to the third-base side of the pitcher’s mound, scoring Zach Cox with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday at Zephyr Field in the series opener.
The hit came against Iowa reliever Alberto Cabrera, who gave up an infield hit to Cox, a double to pinch-hitter Rob Brantly and walked Justin Bour intentionally with no outs. And, Iowa used a defensive alignment in which right fielder Logan Watkins became a fifth infielder.
The Zephyrs had tied the score in the bottom of the ninth when Cubs closer Zac Rosscup issued four walks, the last to Danny Black on a 3-2 pitch.
Kris Bryant, rated the No. 2 prospect in minor league baseball, led off the fourth inning with an opposite-field solo home run, and Iowa held a 1-0 lead until the ninth.
Dae-Eun Rhee, in a pitcher’s duel against Alex Sanabia, had shut out the Zephyrs on five hits through six innings.
New Orleans had a big opportunity in the sixth when Cox led off with a single and Mark Canha walked. But Rhee got Bour on a called third strike, and Juan Diaz grounded to second for an inning-ending double play.
Marcos Mateo relieved and shut out the Zephyrs for two innings.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Iowa Cubs (doubleheader
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 5 p.m., immediately following
PROBABLE PITCHERS: First game – Zephyrs LH Brian Flynn (7-7, 4.50 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Eric Jokisch (6-8, 4.01).
Second game – Zephyrs RH Brad Penny (1-1, 2.87) vs. Cubs RH Yoanner Negrin (0-3, 4.85)
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Zephyrs outfielder Brian Bogusevic flew to Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday to begin play Wednesday with the Marlins’ Gulf Coast League team.
Bogusevic, who had a hairline fracture to the inside of his left ankle, hadn’t played since June 22. Manager Andy Haines said he didn’t know how long Bogusevic would spend with the rookie league team.
“He’s going there just because he missed so much time,” Haines said. “He’s kind of at the end of his progression getting healthy. He’ll start out playing in some Gulf Coast rehab games to get at-bats.”
Bogusevic, a former Tulane standout, went on the disabled list May 28 while the team was playing at Round Rock.
“(The injury) actually happened in the last home game against Nashville (on May 26),” he said. “I didn’t think it was too serious, but it kept hurting, then it became difficult to put pressure on it.”
He returned June 11 at El Paso and was part of the active outfield rotation until the June 22 game at home against Sacramento. He hasn’t played since.
Bogusevic, who was traded to the Marlins on Dec. 12 from the Chicago Cubs, played in 56 games, batting .246 (47-for-91) with three home runs, three triples, seven doubles, 16 RBIs and 27 runs.
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he his known for his speed. A standout with Tulane as an outfielder and pitcher, he was selected 24th overall in the first round by the Houston Astros in the 2005 draft. He signed with the Cubs in Nov. 2012 and last season batted .317 with Triple-A Iowa, then .273 in 47 games with Chicago.
Jake Marisnick was optioned back to New Orleans after being called up Monday. Ed Lucas was expected to be called back up to Miami. … The Z’s entered the game having hit 123 homers, 17 more than last season. The team record is 153 set in 2012. The Zephyrs are third in homers in the Pacific Coast League. Las Vegas leads with 139, followed by Albuquerque (128). Iowa is 11th (95). New Orleans has hit 35 home runs in July, which leads the PCL. They also have 73 since June 1, which also leads the league. … Iowa hasn’t fared well of late in doubleheaders. The Cubs lost back-to-back doubleheaders against Memphis in 24 hours, as the Redbirds took two on Saturday and Sunday in sweeping the five-game series. It was the third time this season Memphis had won both games of a doubleheader against Iowa. … The Cubs are second in the PCL in earned-run average at 3.76, trailing Nashville (3.57). They are also second in July (3.34), trailing Memphis (2.88).