Iowa catcher Tim Federowicz hit a one-out double in the seventh inning, scoring Ryan Kalish from first base in a game suspended by rain Thursday at Zephyr Field.
The rain came at 8:39 p.m. and play was stopped at 8:47, about two minutes after Federowicz’s hit. It was called officially at 9:30. The game will be continued Friday at 5 p.m., with the scheduled game set for 7 p.m.
The Cubs (4-8) had tied the score at one in the sixth when pinch-hitter Juan Perez scored on second baseman Arismendy Alcantara’s ground out to second. Perez had singled with one out and advanced to third base on John Andreoli’s broken-bat single to center field.
The Zephyrs (6-8), who entered on a three-game winning streak, led 1-0 in the fourth after shortstop Austin Nola hit a two-out single to right that scored Cole Gillespie.
Nola had a chance to put New Orleans ahead in the bottom of the sixth when he hit a one-out line shot over second base. However, Alcantara made a leading catch going toward the base, then flipped the ball to shorstop Munenori Kawasaki that caught Destin Hood off base for a double play.
Called back up
Three days after a sterling performance against Omaha, Zephyrs right-hander Jose Urena was called up by the Miami Marlins.
Urena went to the Marlins and back twice before being called up on July 31 and sticking the rest of the season with Miami’s pitching staff ravaged by injuries. He went just 1-5 with a 6.30 earned-run average in 61.2 innings. However, he worked on his slider and changeup, which appear improved.
He struggled to start this season with the Zephyrs, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in two innings in a 6-5 loss at Iowa on April 8. He followed that with four runs on four hits and two walks in a 9-5 loss to the Cubs on April 13.
However, he bounced back strongly against the Storm Chasers on Monday, allowing one hit in five innings in a 3-0 win that snapped a five-game Zephyrs losing streak.
“Everybody know what kind of fastball (95-96 mph) Jose has,” Z’s catcher Adrian Nieto said. “But he was really hitting the corners. His control was outstanding. With his velocity, itt doesn’t get any better than that.”
Zephyrs manager Arnie Beyeler said it stands to reason that the Zephyrs have gotten their first winning streak of the season at home, and not because the surroundings are familiar.
“We’ve been able to get more work done, playing at home,” Beyeler said. “We’ve gotten to the ballpark early, worked on a lot of situational stuff, worked on our hitting.
“On the road, we would have had to start at about noon, and that wouldn’t have worked.”
The Z’s had four day games during their eight-game road trip to start the season. Beyeler also said having a totally new team, the start of the season has been like training camp.
“We’re coming around,” he said. “We’re starting to get in a rhythm.”
This is a team with some good players. We’ll be fine.”
Austin Nola’s RBI single in the fourth Wedneday came a day after his five-game hitting streak ended in an 0-for-4 performance. He came into the series at .172 but entered at .200 Wednesday. … Miami outrighted reliever Dustin McGowan to New Orleans to fill Urena’s spot on the roster. He was designated for assingment on Sunday after allowing two runs and six hits over six appearances totalling 5.1 innings with the Marlins. … The Zephyrs lead the league in fielding with a .988 fielding percentage.