May 2011

Z’s head to midwest

The Zephyrs begin a four game set tonight in Papillon, Nebraska and the brand new Werner Park.

The ballpark is considerably smaller than Rosenblatt Stadium, the former home of the Omaha Royals. The new park seats 6400, down from 28,000. New name to the team too is Storm Chasers.

Omaha is loaded with prospects and they are a first place team in the North.

The Z’s have won three of four and

Here is the line-up: and are a 1 1/2 games back of Round Rock. Quick four game series then back home.

CF Petersen
SS Ozzie
LF Rottino
DH Aguila
RF Kroeger
3b Dominguez
2b Thurston
1b Gotay
C Davis

P Koehler

Pink In The Park

The Zephyrs return home after a 4-4 swing through the Golden State. Tough to drop the final three games in Sacramento, turning a potentially great road trip into a .500 one, but breaking even on the road isn’t something to scoff at.

After a long day of travel, the Z’s open up a four-game weekend series with Albuquerque, a team they trail by two games in the standings. Tonight is Pink In The Park, as the Zephyrs partner with the Susan G. Komen Foundation For The Cure and Mike’s Hard Lemonade to raise awareness for breast cancer. Look for pink all around the ballpark — and wear pink yourself to receive $5 admission!

The lineup:

  1. LF Petersen
  2. SS Martinez
  3. C Rottino
  4. RF Aguila
  5. CF Kroeger
  6. 3B Dominguez
  7. 2B Thurston
  8. 1B Salazar
  9. P West

Zephyrs look for the spilt

After a 6 plus hour day in Sacramento yesterday, The Zephyrs and Cats meet tonight in the final game of the series and west-coast road trip.

The Z’s are 4-3 on the trip and a win today would give NOLA a winning road-trip.

*The Zephyrs pitching staff allowed a total of 10 free passes yesterday, including nine walks and one hit
batsman. Adalberto Mendez walked five batters in 3.1 innings, giving him a team-high 28 walks on the year. The
Zephyrs have now issued a league-high 227 free passes (202 walks, 25 hit by pitches). Iowa ranks second with 218.

*By going 2×4 with a home run, Ruben Gotay continued his success on the road, where he is hitting
.297 (22×74) with four home runs and 12 RBI. At home, Gotay is batting .210 (17×81) with one homer and three RBI.

*The Zephyrs bullpen has worked 22.0 innings over the last four games (5½ innings per game). No Zephyrs starter has gone at least 7.0 innings since Tom Koehler tied a career high with an 8.0-inning outing vs. Salt Lake on May 11. In six of the 13 games since, the New Orleans starting pitcher has failed to get out of the fourth

Here is today’s line-up:

CF Peteresen
SS Ozzie
LF Rottino
1b Kroeger
3b Dominguez
DH Thurston
2b Gotay
C Davis

P Koehler

Cishek to bigs! Ozzie is back!

The Florida Marlins promoted Zephyrs pitcher Steven Cishek this afternoon. He will join the team in San Francisco. He posted a 2.35 ERA over 15 relief appearances this year.

The Zephyrs also get shortstop Ozzie Martinez back from the Marlins. Martinez was called up April 22 but appeared in only nine games and collected just one hit in seven at-bats.

The Zephyrs added reliever Peter Andrelczyk from Double-A Jacksonville. The 25-year-old was a fifth round pick from Coastal Carolina in 2008. Andrelczyk went 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA in 15 games and one start for the Suns.

The Marlins designated Jay Buente for assignment. He made one start for the Marlins and took the loss on Sunday vs. Tampa.

The red-hot Zephyrs are 1/2 game back of Round Rock and play game two in Sacramento tonight.

CF Petersen
SS Martinez
LF Rottino
RF Kroeger
2b Thurston
3b Dominguez
DH Cervenak
1b Gotay
C Davis

P Villanueva

Z’s open series in SAC-Town

The Zephyrs open a four game series in Sacramento today. NOLA has won three in a row and are 1.5 games back of first place.

The Z’s added pitcher Chris Sampson today and released outfielder Aaron Mathews.

*The Z’s pitching staff allowed just 9 runs in the four game set in Fresno, a 2.31 ERA.

*Ozzie Martinez will join the club tomorrow, he was 1×8 in 13 games with the Marlins.

Here is the Z’s lineup
1. DH Cervenak
2. 2b Thurston
3. LF Rottino
4. RF Aguila
5. CF Kroeger
6 3b Dominguez
7. 1b Salazar
8. C Davis
9. Merchan

P Chris Sampson

Saturday in Fresno

The Z’s continue the eight game west coast road trip tonight in Fresno. NOLA snapped a 2 game losing streak yesterday, winning 2-0.

*The Zephyrs pitched their league leading sixth shut-out last night. The franchise record is 12 shut-outs accomplished in 1997, and 2008.

*Jay Buente contract was purchased by the Marlins today, he will start on Sunday against Tampa. Buente leads the PCL with a 1.94 ERA. He is 3-0 and will make his first Major League start tomorrow.

*Vinny Rottino has reached base in 26 consecutive games, 2nd most on PCL. Josh Kroeger has reached in 19 straight.

*The Z’s have turned 48 double plays, tied for 2nd in the PCL. Las Vegas leads the league with 50.

*Catcher John Baker, has been returned to extended spring training in Florida. He suffered soreness on Thursday. His rehab assignment is on hold. Gregg Glime was activated today by the Z’s.

*Bryan Petersen has led off a pair of games this season with home runs. May 20th at Fresno and April 20th vs. Nashville. He has 5 homers this season and is 8×27 with 7 runs scored in his 7 games since returning from Florida.

Here is today’s starting line-up:
CF Bryan Petersen
2b Joe Thurston
C Vinny Rottino
RF Chris Aguila
LF Oscar Salazar
3b Matt Dominguez
1b Mike Cervenak
SS Jesus Merchan
P Tom Koehler

Dominguez and Baker join Z’s

The New Orleans Zephyrs return to action tonight as they travel to California as they take on the Fresno Grizzlies for a four-game series. Despite a 38-28 all-time record against Fresno, the Z’s have lost 11 of 16 against Fresno since 2007, including seven of eight meetings at Chukshansi Park. The Zephyrs have not won a series in Fresno since sweeping a four-game set, May 7-10, 2002.

Matt Dominguez, the Florida Marlins top-ranked prospect, has been added to the Zephyrs from Class AA Jacksonville. Dominguez was scheduled to start the year with New Orleans, but suffered a fractured elbow when he was hit by a pitch late in Spring Training. The third baseman was 3×18 (.167) in four rehab games with Class A Jupiter and 2×15 (.133) in four games with Jacksonville before joining the Z’s. Dominguez takes the roster spot of catcher Gregg Glime, who was transferred to Class A Jamestown.

Catcher John Baker, who one year ago last Sunday went on the Marlins’ disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm, has joined the Zephyrs on a rehabilitation assignment. Baker eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on September 3rd, and was 1×16 in seven rehab games with Jupiter and Jacksonville last week. The Alameda, California native is returning to his home state, where he starred at the University of California. Baker is the first player on rehab assignment to join the Zephyrs since pitcher Renyel Pinto in June 2009.

Today’s lineup in Fresno:
CF Petersen
LF Rottino
C Baker
RF Aguila
1b Kroeger
3b Dominguez
2b Thurston
SS Merchan
P Villanueva

On the bad side of history

The Zephyrs lost to Tacoma 18-6 yesterday, the most runs allowed by the Z’s in Zephyr Field history. The only time the Z’s have allowed more runs in New Orleans was in 1996, when they lost Oklahoma City, 19-3. The team record is a 21-8 loss at Colorado Springs in 2004.

Tacoma’s Mike Carp became the fourth player to hit three home runs in a game, joining current Zephyrs hitting coach Damon Minor, who did it while playing for Fresno, current Milwaukee Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun (Nashville) and the Zephyrs’ Valentino Pascucci in 2008. It was nearly three years ago to the day when Russell Branyan hit three bombs against the Zephyrs in Nashville, the last player to do so.

The lineup as the Z’s try to get back on the winning track:

  1. LF Petersen
  2. 2B Thurston
  3. DH Rottino
  4. RF Aguila
  5. CF Kroeger
  6. 1B Salazar
  7. 3B Gotay
  8. C Davis
  9. SS Merchan

P Koehler

Under the sun in Iowa

Z’s and Cubs will play the final game of a 4 game series this afternoon at 12 noon. The sun is shining and we are in for a great day of baseball.

The Zephyrs have scored a season high 11 runs on Friday and Sunday. NOLA was also shutout on Saturday night. The Z’s are batting .271 and have scored 22 runs in the series. The Zephyrs have allowed 14 runs and have a 4.28 ERA. The leadoff man, Vinny Rottino has reached base 10 times in the series and has scored 4 times.

The Z’s are 7-2 in day games this season. The Zephyrs are averaging 6.44 runs per game in day games and 3.62 runs per game in night contests.

The Z’s will turn to Jay Buente for his fourth start of the season this afternoon. He is the league leader with a 1.35 ERA. He has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings pitched. He started the season in the bullpen and made 5 relief appearances before mobbing into the rotation. As a starter he has allowed 2 runs in 18 innings pitched.

The Z’s have won two consecutive series wins, a victory today would bring a third consecutive. The Z’s did not win three series in a row last year and have not won 3 in a row since 2007. NOLA turned 2 more double play’s on Sunday, it was the Z’s 38th double play of the season, tied for 2nd in the PCL.

The Z’s won 6 of 8 during their recent homestand. The Z’s head home to begin a series with Salt Lake on Tuesday. The Z’s are in a stretch of 24 of 32 games at Zephyr Field.

Here is todays lineup card:
1. 3b Cervenak
2. 2b Gotay
3. LF Rottino
4. RF Aguila
5. CF Kroeger
6. 1b Salazar
7. C Davis
8. SS Merchan
9. P Buente

Happy Mothers Day!

Its Mother’s Day in Iowa and the Zephyrs and Cubs meet in the third game of the series.

Last night’s 1-0 loss in ten innings was the first time in 8 years, a Z’s game went nine innings with no score.

The Zephyrs are 12-6 on Mother’s Day. The Z’s have met the Iowa Cubs three times on Mother’s Day and the team is 2-1. The Z’s are 7-3 on the road on Mother’s Day and this is the third consecutive season the ballclub is on the road on the holiday.

The Z’s are 6-2 in day games this season. The Zephyrs are averaging 5.89 runs per game in day games and 3.62 runs per game in night contests.

The Z’s will turn to opening day starter Eli Villanueva. Eli will make his 7th start of the season, the Z’s are 2-4 in his starts. 21 of the 26 runs he has allowed this season have come in the “big inning” He has allowed 3 or more runs in a single inning in 5 of his 6 starts.

Here is the line-up:

1. C Rottino
2. 3b Cervenak
3. 2b Thurston
4. RF Aguila
5. CF Kroeger
6. 1b Gotay
7. LF Mathews
8. SS Merchan
9. P Villanueva