June 2010

Edwin to the Marlins

Congratulations to Edwin Rodriguez, who has been named interim manager of the Florida Marlins. This is the second time in three years that a Zephyrs manager has been promoted to the big leagues midseason; in 2008, Ken Oberkfell was summoned by the New York Mets after the dismissal of Willie Randolph.

Padres Day in Memphis

Its Fathers Day in Memphis, the forecast is 100 degrees, 109 heat index.  There is a heat advisory, stay inside.  The Zephyrs and Redbirds meet in the 3rd game of the series.  DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS.  Its HOT

The Z’s struggled on Saturday after the huge offensive explosion on Friday.  NOLA with 13 runs in one inning and scored a season best 17 runs.   NOLA jumped on Memphis with two in the first but couldn’t score again.  

No roster moves today, Maybin will be officially added on Monday.

Sunday brings a new line up and the Z’s open the day 6.5 back of the leaders. 

Petersen- LF
Richar- 2b
Morrison- LF
Luna- 1b
Murphy- SS
Carroll- RF
Dawkins- 3b
Wilson- C
Mastny- P

Hot in the OKC

The temps got into the mid 90’s on Thursday as the Zephyrs get set to take on the Oklahoma City Redhawks.   New Orleans has dropped three in a row and try to salvage a game tonight. 

*NOLA is 0-3 in a stretch of 16 consecutive games vs 1st place teams.  OKC, MEM, OKC, and Iowa.  Iowa and Memphis are currently in a 1st place tie.

*The Zephyrs have lost 3 games in the stanings in 2 days and are now a season high 6.5 games back.

*The Marlins designated Renyel Pinto for assignment.  Florida has ten days to determine if they will trade, release or assign him to the Zephyrs.   Tim Wood has been re called.

*Chris Leroux is expected to join the Zephyrs on Friday in Memphis.

Here is the lineup  

LF Petersen
2b Richar
1b Morrison
3b Luna
DH Lamb
SS Murphy
RF Carroll
CF Cousins
C Davis

P VandenHurk

Rainy OKC

Monday brought 9 inches of rain to Oklahoma City and flooding throughout the city.  The game was a wash out.  Its Tuesday and drying up.  We are set for a day game against the 1st place team.

John Raynor was paced on the DL and Rick VandenHurk will join the team.

FirstPlace-  The next 12 games are against 1st place teams, as of todays standings.

Above Water-  A win today would get the Zephyrs at .500.   

Todays line up

Petersen LF
Gookie 2b
Morrison 1b
Lamb DH
Murphy SS
Carroll RF
Cousins CF
Davis C
Richar 3b

Mastny P

One, two….three?

Tonight, the Zephyrs are making a fourth attempt at stringing together three consecutive home victories. Reno and Sacramento are the only other teams without three straight home wins this season. Brian Lawrence seems to be the ideal pitcher to have on the mound in the quest for three in a row; Lawrence has a 2.35 ERA in seven games (six starts) at Zephyr Field this season.

Hector Luna has been ill the last few days, keeping him out of the lineup. He’s still under the weather, and will miss a third straight game.

The lineup:

LF Raynor
RF Carroll
1B Morrison
3B Lamb
SS Murphy
2B Dawkins
CF Cousins
C   Wilson
P   Lawrence

Mister Mastny

The Zephyrs have added another new player, Tom Mastny, a right-hander who signed a minor league deal with the Marlins after beginning the year with the independent Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. Mastny, who pitched in 80 games over three seasons with the Cleveland Indians from 2006-08, was 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA with Somerset.

Mastny looks to help New Orleans continue its mastery of the Round Rock Express tonight; the Z’s are 6-2 against Round Rock this season, and have won 18 of the last 27 meetings with their division rivals.

Tonight’s lineup:

LF Raynor
CF Petersen
1B Morrison
3B Luna
SS Murphy
RF Carroll
2B Richar
C   Davis
P   Mastny

More moves and a nooner

The Zephyrs are set to play to a day game today in Iowa.  Z’s have won two in a row and 4 of 5. 

New Orleans made a few more moves today including sending down Kyle Gunderson to Double A.  Gunderson was last nights winning pitcher. 

The Z’s add Tim Wood today and officially promote Rick VandenHurk and Emilio Bonifacio to Florida. 

Line up for game #57
LF Petersen  
2b Richar
1b Morrison
3b Luna
RF Carroll
SS Gookie
C Davis
P Lawrence

Mendez to start in emergency

Zephyrs continue the four-game road trip today with the third game of a series
against the Iowa Cubs.   Series is tied
at one. 


Z’s and Cubs split a four-game tilt at Zephyr Field May 3-6. 
New Orleans has nine wins in their last
14 meetings with the I-Cubs. In eight of the nine victories, the Zephyrs have
Iowa to two runs or fewer, including three
shutouts, and three games allowing just one run.


Adalberto Mendez makes his 1st start of
the season today for the Zephyrs.  He
replaces Rick VandenHurk, he will be promoted tomorrow to the Marlins.  Mendez has not made a start since 2007.  He made 5 starts for the Daytona Cubs.  Mendez has made 12 appearances between
and Jacksonville
and is 2-1, 2.17 ERA between the two stops.


The Z’s continue to make roster moves, New
has made 95 player moves this
season.  At this point last season the
club had made 62 moves.  The Z’s finished
with 156 moves in 2009.  The moves today include
activating John Raynor from the DL. 
will also add outfielder Brett
Carroll from the Marlins.  The Z’s will
add pitchers Kyle Gunderson from AA and Bryan Evans from Jupiter.   Tim Wood has been optioned to the Zephyrs
and will join the team on Tuesday.  The
Zephyrs have assigned outfielder Hunter Mense to Class AA.  The Z’s will promote Emilio Bonifacio and
Rick VandenHurk to the Marlins  on


It has rained 17 of the last 20 days in the city
that Zephyrs have played in. 

Monday’s game had a rain delay, 9th delay
of 2010.


Z’s line up at Iowa- Game #56


CF Raynor

RF Carroll

LF Morrison

3b Luna

SS Murphy

2b Gookie

C Davis

1b Mitchell

P Mendez








Sunday at IOWA

Game #55 at Iowa

The weather is perfect, Sunny and 72 degrees in Des Moines.

Logan Morrison makes his debut in the outfield today and Sean West makes start #2.  Z’s at I-Cubs

RF Bonifacio
CF Petersen
LF Morrison
3B Luna
SS Murphy
2b Gookie
1b Mitchell
C Wilson
P West

End of an era

The Zephyrs hit the road for a four game set in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Z’s have won two in a row and Iowa has dropped two in a row. 

The Z’s have made a few more roster moves.  Outfielder Jason Lane has been released.  Lane’s 136 career RBI as a Zephyr is 8th on the clubs all time list.  Lane was batting .229 with 3HR, 14RBI this season. 

The Z’s have activated pitcher Dan Meyer.  He was recently designated for assignment by Florida.  Brad Stone was placed on the DL.  Hunter Mence will rejoin the Z’s for the third time this season.

*The Z’s set a franchise record last night with 15 runs at Zephyr Field.

*It rained in Iowa today, marking the 15th time in the last 16 days it has rained in the city where the Zephyrs are playing.

*The Z’s are 2-2 vs Iowa this season.

Here is today’s lineup

LF Bonifacio
RF Petersen
1b Morrison
3b Luna
2b Richar
CF Cousins
C Davis
SS Dawkins
P Jones