April 2010

OKC is Buzzing with excitement

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers tip off at 8:30 pm tonight in Game Six of the NBA
Playoffs just a few blocks from Bricktown Ballpark.  At the ballpark the Zephyrs and Redhawks will
meet in the second game of the 4 game set. 
This city is buzzing with excitement.  Lets Go Thunder signs everywhere, I mean it everywhere.  Its chaos.

 

The Z’s try to put an end to their longest losing streak of
the season tonight.  NOLA had dropped 5
in a row.

 

The Zephyrs reassigned Andew Miller to Class A Jupiter
today.  He had been on the Zephyrs disabled
list.  The Z’s will be without catcher
Brett Hayes this weekend in OKC, he had a death in the family.  He should be back on Monday in NOLA. 

 

Here is the line up for the Zephyrs tonight:

 

SS Bonifacio

RF Petersen

3B Luna

LF Lane

1b Mitchell

CF Cousins

C Davis

2b Richar

DH Machado

P Tucker

 

Sunday Afternoon

The Zephyrs and Sounds are set for day baseball at Zephyr Field, KIDS DAY! 

New Orleans made another roster move this afternoon, a new roster for each day of the homestand.  Ryan Tucker has been activated from the DL, and Adalberto Mendez will return to Jacksonville. 

Tucker will start this afternoon, after his battle with stomach virus.  He has pitched well in his previous starts this season.

The Z’s did not fare well in day games last year and so far in 2010 they are 1-2.  The weather is perfect today…. Time to play ball

here is the line up

SS Bonifacio
LF Mense
RF Petersen
3b Luna
CF Cousins
C Hayes
2b Richar
1b Mitchell
P Tucker  
 

Morrison to DL, Mitchell added

First baseman Logan Morrison, who has battled a shoulder injury since colliding with Round Rock’s Matt Kata last Monday, was placed on the disabled list today. Lee Mitchell, who played in 21 games with the Zephyrs late last season, was promoted from Class AA Jacksonville.

We’re watching the radar, hoping things stay clear for tonight’s series opener with the Nashville Sounds. Weather (and wind) permitting, we’ll have fireworks after the game, along with a concert.

Tonight’s lineup:

Bonifacio, cf
Petersen, lf
Luna, 3b
Lane, 1b
Richar, 2b
Davis, c
Cousins, rf
Klosterman, ss
VandenHurk, p

Earth Day Moves

The Z’s and
Isotopes celebrate Earth Day 2010 tonight at The Shrine .  Z’s will be wearing green to celebrate.



The Z’s are 8-10 all-time on earth day and have dropped 4 of their last
5. 

The
Z’s made announced two roster moves today, as RH relief pitcher Jose Veras and
1B/OF Hunter Mense were added to the Zephyrs roster. To make room for the two,
reliever A.J. Battisto was sent to AA-Jacksonville; shortstop Donnie Murphy was
placed on the disabled list. Battisto was 0-0 with a 6.48 ERA in four games
with the Z’s, while Murphy batted .250 in 12 starts for the Zephyrs with four
doubles and one home run. Veras went 1-0 with a 15.43 ERA in four-relief
appearance with Florida. Mense batted .231
in 26 at-bats with Jupiter in the Florida State League.

Jorge Sosa added

The Zephyrs added another arm to the mix today.

Jorge Sosa has
been in extended spring training for the last week and joins the team today.  Sosa was with New Orleans in 2007 while with the Mets.

Sosa, 31, had been signed by the Red Sox on a minor league contract
earlier this winter. After a few spring innings, he was released by Boston.

The right-hander appeared in 18 games for the Nationals last season,
posting a 6.45 ERA over 22.1 innings.

Matt DeSalvo was placed on the DL to make room on the roster. 

Monday in Texas

The Zephyrs and Express are set for Monday night baseball at the Dell Diamond. Z’s lead series 2 games to one.

*Z’s are 11-4 alltime on Patriots Day
*No more Iron Men- Z’s have zero players that have started all 11 games. 
*Ryan Tucker will likely start on Wednesday for NOLa.  DeSalvo on Tuesday 

Here is the lineup

2b Bonifacio
CF Petersen    
SS Murphy
1b Morrison
3b Luna
RF Lane
C Hayes
LF Richar
P Vandy

Tucker a late scratch

The Zephyrs go for three in a row on Sunday over Round Rock. Today’s scheduled starter for New Orleans, Ryan Tucker, is not feeling well and has been scratched. Brian Lawrence will get the nod today, and Tucker will hope to be ready for Monday night’s series finale. Some notes:

–NOLA has won 5 of the first six meetings against the Express. 
–The Zephyrs have two players that have started all 10 games this season.  Both Bryan Petersen and Jason Lane will not start today.
–Round Rock first baseman Lance Berkman is expected to play seven innings this afternoon and be activated in time for the Astros series-opener against the Marlins on Tuesday.

Here is the line up for today:

CF Bonafacio
2b Machado
1b Morrison
3b Luna
LF Richar
RF Cousins
C Davis
SS Klosterman
P Lawrence  

Saturday night in Round Rock

The Zephyrs and Express get set for game two of the series.  Rainy day in Austin, but the weather has stayed south and hopefully it stays that way. 

New Orleans won last night and have defeated RR 4 of the first 5 this year.  Should be a packed house tonight.  Astros infielder Lance Berkman will be in the line up for the Express.  Berkman played for the Zephyrs in 1998, 99 and 2000.  He hit 20 homers for the Z’s in 128 career games.   

Here is todays lineup:

2b Bonifacio
CF Petersen
SS Murphy
1b Morrison
3b Luna
RF Lane
C Hayes
LF Richar
P Desalvo

Day Baseball

The Zephyrs play their first weekday day game of the season this afternoon. The Isotopes lead the series two games to one. Here is Greg Norton’s lineup for the game:

RF Petersen
2b Richar
3b Luna
1b Lane
Cf Cousins
C Davis
LF Rottino
SS Klosterman
P Lawrence

Logan Morrison is not in the line up for the second consecutive day, as he’s battling a stomach virus. He came off the bench last night and drilled a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth to tie the game.

The Z’s travel to Round Rock to open a four-game set with Express on Friday night. Emilio Bonifacio is expected to meet the team there, as is manager Edwin Rodriguez.

Leroux promoted, Bonifacio optioned

The Marlins made a pair of transactions on Wednesday, designating reliever Jose Veras for assignment and promoting Zephyrs right-hander Chris Leroux, who had allowed one hit in two innings over two scoreless outings. Taking Leroux’s place on the Z’s roster is right-handed reliever A.J. Battisto, who appeared in five games for the Zephyrs last August.

Also, the Fish activated outfielder Brett Carroll, who had been rehabbing an oblique injury at Class A Jupiter. To make room on the active roster, utility man Emilio Bonifacio was optioned to New Orleans. Bonifacio is expected to join the Zephyrs in Round Rock this weekend.

After ending a nine-game losing streak in Albuquerque last night thanks to some ninth-inning heroics, the Zephyrs and Isotopes continue the four-game set tonight with a dandy pitching matchup, featuring Rick VandenHurk and Scott Elbert. Both pitchers tossed six shutout frames in their season debuts last Friday, with Elbert striking out 10 Oklahoma City RedHawks in his outing.

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