July 2009

Rodriguez Suspended

The
Zephyrs open a four game series in
Nashville tonight.  New Orleans manager Edwin Rodriguez
has been suspended by the Pacific Coast League for five games starting Tuesday
evening. 

 

The
league has suspended the Zephyrs manager for his actions in two separate ejections
from Saturday night’s games at Zephyr Field. 

 

The
Z’s interim skipper will be hitting coach Steve Phillips. The Z’s return home on Saturday for a four game set against the Iowa Cubs.    

The Century Mark

Today’s
game is the 100th game of the 2009 Baseball Season.  The Z’s will try to stop this historical
losing streak.  The team has dropped 13
in a row, the longest losing streak in New Orleans Zephyrs History.  The PCL has had two teams drop 13 games in a
row in the decade, no one has dropped 14 consecutive.  The league record is 17 and was set eons ago
in 1925 by the Sacramento Solons. 

 

Willie
gets the ball tonight, he is 9th in the PCL in ERA.  Get him some runs and this streak will be
history! 


Congrats to the Florida Marlins, winners today in LA over the Dodgers.  Winners of 5 of their last six.  Rick VandenHurk pitched well yesterday in a no decision.  Will the Zephyrs roster be impacted this week by the trade deadline.  Stay posted!    

 

THIS AND THAT
  The Z’s activated opening day
starting pitcher Ryan Tucker and reliever Carlos Martinez from the DL.  To make room Willie Glen and Lavale Speigner
have been assigned to Class AA Jacksonville.  Z’s manger Edwin Rodriguez was ejected on Saturday in both games, giving him six ejections for the season.
 

Field Activated

The
Zephyrs activated pitcher Nate Field today from the disabled list.  Field had been on the DL with dead arm.  He has already pitched 40 innings this season
and for all of last season he worked 50 innings.   It will a be a big shot in the arm to have
him back in the pen. 

 

The
Zephyrs have dropped a season high nine in a row. 
New Orleans continues the nine game
home-stand tonight against the Oklahoma City Redhawks.   
Memphis comes to town
tomorrow.  The Redbirds have a pair of
Major Leaguers on a rehab assignment.  SS
Khalil Greene and Troy Glaus expect to be in the line up for the Birds. 

 

To
make room on the roster for Field, the Z’s assigned pitcher Jarrett Santos to Class
AA Jacksonville.


THIS AND THAT- The longest losing streak in Zephyr History is 11 games.  The franchise has done it twice most recent in 2006.  The PCL’s longest losing streak is 17 games, in 1925 by Sacramento.  

Critical Stretch

The All-Star game
is over and the Zephyrs pennant run goes into overdrive this weekend in
Albuquerque.  The
Z’s will take on the first place Isotopes in a four game series and then travel
home to take on second place Oklahoma City. 

 

If the Zephyrs are
going to make a run they will need to win some games this week.  The Zephyrs dropped the first game on
Thursday at
Isotopes Park and now are 0-5 at this stadium this
season. 
New Orleans is now 4 games back of first place.   

 

The Z’s begin a
stretch a 28 games in 27 days.  We will
know a lot more in eight days if weather of not this team has a chance of
making back to the postseason for the first time since 2007. 

 

New
Orleans

starting pitcher Rick VandenHurk left last nights game after three
innings.  No official word but the
Marlins do need a starter on Monday night in
San Diego and it would appear Vandy will considered
for the spot.  So it’s a wait and see.

 

Z’s return home on
Monday for 9 games in 8 days. 

Hey Ladies…

Tonight is Ladies Night at Zephyr Field, so women 21 and up get in free
from 6-7 p.m. and will receive a pink, light-up martini glass. Drink
specials on Thirsty Thursday will include $1 Cosmopolitans, there will
be in excess of 20 vendors set up along the concourse, and after the
game, a few lucky ladies will get to participate in a diamond dive at
the pool for a diamond from Ramsey’s Jewelers.

On the field, the Marlins have made a few moves, including infielder
Andy Gonzalez getting promoted to the big club for the second time this
season. Outfielder Alejandro De Aza will re-join the Z’s tonight, as
will reliever Tim Wood, who did not allow a run in 7 2/3 innings with
the big club, but got squeezed out with the return of Kiko Calero.
Also, catcher Neil Wilson has joined New Orleans after the release of
Justin Knoedler.

The Z’s are have won four out of six from Omaha this season, and the
Royals are batting just .214 against Zephyrs pitching. Hayden Penn will
look to continue the solid pitching tonight.

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