April 2011

Full house

A capacity crowd is expected tonight when the Zephyrs face Oklahoma City, looking to snap a three-game losing skid.

The lineup:

  1. CF Petersen
  2. 3B Cervenak
  3. 2B Thurston
  4. 1B Salazar
  5. RF Aguila
  6. LF Kroeger
  7. C Davis
  8. SS Merchan
  9. P Buente

Back at home

After the first scheduled off day of the season, the Zephyrs return home tonight to open an eight-game homestand with the first of a four-game series against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

The Z’s made a roster move today, adding infielder Oscar Salazar, who had signed with the Marlins on April 8th, about 10 days after being released by the San Diego Padres. The 32-year-old veteran is in his 13th professional season, and batted .237 in 85 games with the Padres last season. Salazar takes the place of catcher Clint Sammons, who was placed on the disabled list with a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Tonight and tomorrow might feature the best weather we have all season at the Shrine, so come on out to see the Z’s against their division rivals! The lineup:

  1. CF Petersen
  2. SS Merchan
  3. 3B Gotay
  4. 2B Thurston
  5. RF Aguila
  6. 1B Kroeger
  7. C Davis
  8. LF Mathews
  9. P Villanueva

A windy afternoon in the desert

The Zephyrs and Isotopes wrap up the four game series with a day game today. The Zephyrs and Isotopes have combined for 52 runs in three games.

The Z’s are batting .353 in the series, scoring 8 runs per game. NOLA has raised its team average from .196 to .225. The Z’s have hit 23 home runs this year, 2nd most in the PCL. 39 of the 76 runs scored this season have been home run responsible.

The forecast today is calling for wind gusts up to 70mph, should be an interesting game.

Here is the line up for the Z’s:

1. CF Petersen
2. LF Rottino
3. 1b Gotay
4. RF Aguila
5 3b Cervenak
6. C Davis
7. 2b Merchan
8. SS Klosterman
9. P Mendez

Z’s go for two in a row in “The Duke City”

40 mph winds tonight at Isotopes Park

Game three of the series is Monday night and temperatures have cooled a bit. Its also windy with gusts up to 50 MPH. Should make a launching pad, well who knows what to expect in Albuquerque.

Z’s will start Tom Koehler, he has three of the 5 quality starts this season for the Z’s.

NOLA is batting .395 vs. the Isotopes. The outburst has raised the team batting average from .196 top 223 in two days.

Here is the lineup:

1. CF Petersen
2. LF Rottino
3. 3b Gotay
4. 2b Thurston
5. RF Aguila
6. 1b Kroeger
7. C Davis
8. SS Merchan
9. P Koehler

Hornets win, preempting Zephyrs

The Hornets earned a thrilling Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night, evening their first-round NBA Playoffs series at two games apiece. Since there will be a Game 6 at the New Orleans Arena on Thursday night, Cox Sports Television will be broadcasting the Hornets, bumping the Zephyrs-Oklahoma City game. CST will pick up another Zephyrs game for broadcast later in the season, but for now, the Z’s scheduled television debut in 2011 will be the June 10th contest against the Memphis Redbirds.

Easter Sunday

The Z’s have dropped three in a row matching the teams longest losing streak. The Zephyrs will give the baseball to Dallas Trahern. In his two starts this season, the Zephyrs have won both games. The Z’s dropped the opener of the series 12-8 to Albuquerque.

New Orleans is in “The Duke City” a place in which the visiting Z’s have dropped 15 of their last 17 games to the Isotopes.

Here is the line up for Sunday’s matinee:

1. CF Petersen
2. LF Rottino
3. 3b Gotay
4. 2b Thurston
5. RF Aguila
6. 1b Kroeger
7. SS Merchan
8. C Sammons
9. P Trahern

Isotopes Park Pregame Promotion

Hundreds of kids scrambling for free candy

Z’s travel west to Albuquerque

The Zephyrs took an early morning flight today to Albuquerque to begin a four game series against division rival Isotopes.

The Z’s are a half game back of the Isotopes for second place in the division. Round Rock is in first place. The Express have won 7 in a row.

The Zephyrs have struggled in the Duke City, dropping 6 of 8 a year ago and are 2-14 at Isotopes Park since ’09. The Z’s have not won a season series in Albuquerque since ’07.
Here is the line up for today’s game in Albuquerque.

CF Mathews
LF Rottino
1b Gotay
2b Thurston
RF Aguila
3b Cervenak
C Davis
SS Klosterman
P Buente

A new streak?

The Zephyrs lost their first three games of the season, then won six straight before losing another three in a row. Now, they’ve bounced back to win the last two, including yesterday’s 2-1 win where they managed just two hits – both solo home runs. The roller coaster ride continues tonight against Nashville.

  1. CF Petersen
  2. LF Rottino
  3. 3B Gotay
  4. 2B Thurston
  5. 1B Kroeger
  6. RF Aguila
  7. C Davis
  8. SS Klosterman
  9. P Mendez

Top o’ the mornin’

Wednesday is the first morning start of season for the Zephyrs, who snapped their three-game losing streak last night behind a quality start from Dallas Trahern. It was Trahern’s first win in nearly two years, since he beat Albuquerque on April 22, 2009.

Today’s lineup:

  1. RF Petersen
  2. 2B Martinez
  3. 3B Gotay
  4. 1B Kroeger
  5. LF Aguila
  6. C Davis
  7. CF Mathews
  8. SS Klosterman
  9. P Koehler

Close, but….

The Zephyrs were able to rally from a 5-0 deficit in the sixth inning yesterday to force extra innings, but ultimately came up short in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to Round Rock. With two straight losses on the heels of a six-game win streak, the Z’s will look to salvage a series split with their division rivals on Monday night.

The lineup:

1. LF Bryan Petersen
2. SS Ozzie Martinez
3. DH Ruben Gotay
4. 2B Joe Thurston
5. 1B Josh Kroeger
6. LF Vinny Rottino
7. RF Chris Aguila
8. C Brad Davis
9. 3B Mike Cervenak
P Mark McLemore
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