June 2009

Extra Extra

The
Z’s suffer a tough loss on Thursday night in
Iowa.  The club fell to 27-2 when leading after 8
innings.  One of the best records in the
PCL. 

 

The
Z’s suffered another extra inning loss as well. 
New Orleans has played extra innings in
four of their last five games and dropped three extra inning contests in a row.   For the season the team is 4-5 in extra inning games.  

 

The
Z’s wrap up the road trip on Friday night and head home on Saturday for a 7PM game.  Its been a decent trip.  A few tough one run losses but the team is
hanging in the pennant race.

 

Congrats to Edwin
Rodriguez, Futures Game coach, that is a great opportunity in
St Louis at the All-Star Game.

The Rotation

The
Zephyrs starting pitching rotation has been thrown into chaos once again.  The Z’s did get a very good start from John
Koronka on Thursday and opened the 9 day road trip with a win. 

 

Friday’s
scheduled starter Gary Glover has been placed on the inactive roster.  The veteran Glover is working on a contract
to play professionally in
Korea.  The Marlins and the Korean league are working
on the details to sell his contract.  He
will not start on Friday and Jarrett Santos moves into the rotation.

 

Sunday’s
scheduled starter Hayden Penn had a death in his family on Wednesday and will
be placed on the bereavement list. 

 

Daniel
Barone started the season in the Z’s rotation and after a frustrating April and
May he asked for his release from the team on Monday.  He was 2-6 with  5.51 ERA in 13 games.  The Marlins granted him his release and he is
a free agent.   The current rotation has no one from the original rotation back in April. 


The Z’s and Express meet in the second game of the series on Friday night.

Brees and Payton Take BP

The
Zephyrs took batting practice this afternoon, but it was a bit different then a
typical 90 degree Tuesday at Zephyr Field.

 

The
Z’s were joined by several members of the New Orleans Saints football
team.  Head Coach Sean Payton led the
group with his hitting and played a little second base.  Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael and QB
coach Joe Lombardi also joined in on the fun. 

 

Mark Brunell hammered six home runs to edge out Drew Brees who hit five long balls
into the pool area.  Joey Harrington also
drilled a few line drives into the outfield. 
  

A New Look

The
Zephyrs will have a new look in 2010. 
The Z’s have announced that the team will unveil a new logo this fall.  The days of Boux creeping over the Zephyrs are
counting down. 

 

Details
of the new logo are still preliminary and are very early in the design
stage.  It is possible that the team will
have a new color scheme.  Boux will not
be involved in the new logo

 

The
Z will remain on the cap and will remain one of the alternate logos. 

2009 Mid Summer Classic

Is
Willie Collazo going to be the Zephyrs All-Star Representative in
Portland?

 

The
29 year old left handed pitcher has been the Z’s representative each of the
past two seasons at the Triple A All-Star Game. 
Collazo had another strong performance on Saturday pitching 6 innings
and allowing two runs and earned his team leading sixth win.  He leads the team in wins, innings pitched,
and is second in strikeouts and appearances.

 

Fans
can vote for Collazo and all their favorite Zephyrs at
Minorleaguebaseball.com.  Collazo is not
listed on the ballot for some strange reason so you will need to write him
in.


Michael Ryan,  Gaby Sanchez, Cameron Maybin and Nate Field all deserve some All-Star attention with their terrific play.  

 

NOTES-  Cameron Maybin returned to the line up for
the Z’s on Sunday….  Gary Glover makes
his Zephyrs debut on Sunday …. Hayden Penn will make his debut with a start on
Tuesday.

Maybin back in the lineup

Cameron
Maybin returns to the line up tonight for the Zephyrs at home against the
Oklahoma City Redhawks.  Maybin has
missed the past two games with a dislocated finger. 

 

The
Z’s went 2-2 in
Memphis and have pulled within two
games of the division lead. 
New Orleans dropped its first nine home
games of the season but since is 10-9 at The Shrine.

 

The
Z’s open the seven game homestand tonight with Clay Hensley on the bump.

 

The
Z’s will add Hayden Penn from the Marlins this weekend.
  

Sanchez Activated

Gaby
Sanchez returns to the line up tonight in
Memphis for the Z’s.  Sanchez was injured over a month ago with a
freak collision at the plate.  The team
is coming off a terrific homestand.  The
team won a series at home for the first time this season a 4-1 series over
Albuquerque. 

 

The
Zephyrs moves continue on this
Belmont Saturday from Memphis.  The team added a new catcher: Justin
Knoedler.  He was signed a few weeks ago
and the former SF Giant has been at extended spring training working out in
Jupiter. 

 

Unfortunately
when you add you must subtract.  Catcher
John Purdom was released.  He was a great
guy to have around the clubhouse.  

 

Other
news from the clubhouse today is weather or not Cameron Maybin will be
suspended from the incident last night vs.
Albuquerque.  Maybin was called out at 1b on a infield hit,
by the way he was safe.  He then argued
with the umpire Jeff Latter, ejected and then bumped the umpire.  Not good! 
He also slammed his helmet down in disgust.  The word is he will get suspended but for how
long we don’t know yet.  The tape will be
reviewed by the league office before any decision is rendered.  

Coming Around

After winning three of four games in Las Vegas, the Zephyrs earned a
series split with Round Rock courtesy of yesterday’s 7-1 win. The
bottom half of the lineup had a great day, with Andy Gonzalez, Jai
Miller, John Purdom and Brad Davis combining to go 11-for-16,
highlighted by a 4-for-4 afternoon from Gonzalez.

But it’s been the pitching that has made the biggest strides lately.
Just two weeks ago, after a loss to Portland on May 17th, Zephyrs
starters had a season ERA of 7.53. Through 38 games, the rotation had
contributed just three quality starts. Things have turned around
lately, however, with six quality starts in the last seven games, and
the club has a 3.82 ERA over the last 10 contests. It certainly doesn’t
hurt having guys with Major League success such as Ricky Nolasco, John
Koronka and Rick VandenHurk joining the rotation.

The Z’s welcome Albuquerque to town for a five-game series beginning
tonight. Just a reminder that Thursday is a doubleheader, starting at
6:00 p.m. Come on out for Thirsty Thursday, and two games for the price
of one!

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