June 2011

Time to start a fire

The Zephyrs have dropped four in a row and 14 of their last 18 road games.

Prior to Tuesday’s game at Historic Greer Stadium in Nashville, the Zephyrs had a fire outside the clubhouse. The burning of Vinny Rottino’s shirt. Yes, the shirt he has worn to and from the clubhouse for all 80 games this season. The symbolic burning is to hope for better luck.

The Z’s and Sounds meet in the final game of the four game set tonight in the Music City.

New Orleans line-up:
LF Rottino
SS Ozzie
CF Petie
RH Aguila
3b Matty D
1b Cervenak
2b Torres
C Davis
P Sampson

Sunday in the Music City

The Zephyrs lost a heartbreaker on Saturday night. New Orleans starter Elih Villanueva pitched 8 shutout innings and also hit a homer and the Z’s led 3-0.

In a matter of seconds, 4 batters, 4 hits, ten pitches it was gone and Nashville celebrated a walk off win.

Sunday is a rainy day in Nashville but the tarp has been on the field and the forecast looks ok. So we should be able to play baseball.

Zephyrs starting pitchers have pitched six quality starts in the last 7 games.

The Sounds have won 9 of the 14 meetings this year and have won the season series for the 9th time in ten years.

Here is today’s Zephyrs line up
1. CF Petersen
2. LF Rottino
3 2b Thurston
4. 3b Dominguez
5. 1b Kroeger
6. RF Aguila
7. SS Martinez
8. C Davis
9. Koehler

The Roster Shuffle

Ther Zephyrs wrap up the series in Memphis today with a day game starting at 11AM.

The line up looks a a bit different than it has recently. Not sure if its a record, but the Zephyrs have made ten roster moves in less than 24 hours.

Thats a lot of turnover. Especially for a team that has been pretty stable. The Z’s roster has made a total of 53 moves through today. A year ago on the same date the roster had 104 moves.

The Z’s made a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday. The Marlins promoted pitcher Elih Villanueva to make his Major League debut yesterday, he was optioned back after the game. To make room on Florida’s 40-man roster, the Marlins designated catcher Brad Davis for assignment. The Marlins also promoted infielder Jose Lopez, who was 6×14 in four games with the Zephyrs since signing a minor league contract with Florida last week. The Zephyrs added infielder Ozzie Martinez, who went 2×12 in his second big league stint this season. The Z’s have also added catcher Gregg Glime from Class A Jamestown, and outfielder Dewayne Wise, who signed a minor league deal and was assigned to New Orleans. Wise was in spring training with the Marlins, batting .250 with 10 RBI in 18 games before opting out of his contract and signing with Toronto. Wise hit .338 in 31 games with Las Vegas before being released on June 2.

Today the Zephyrs have placed pitcher Mariano Gomez on the disabled list and added pitcher Pete Andrelczyk from Jacksonville.

Thats ten moves in less than a day. Time to to play ball!

Happy Flag Day

The Zephyrs continue the trip tonight in Memphis. NOLA dropped a tough one last night, its first loss of the season when leading after six innings.

The Z’s will start Todd Doolittle tonight. Eli Villanueva, the scheduled starter has been scratched. He is expected to be promoted tomorrow by the Marlins.

The Z’s are 11-8 all-time on flag day and have won four in a row on this fine holiday. Z’s did lose to Memphis at AutoZone Park in 2004.

Here is today’s lineup:

CF Petersen
1b Cervenak
LF Rottino
3b Dominguez
RF Kroeger
2b Thurston
C Davis
SS Merchan
P Doolittle

Big debut for J-Lo

Jose Lopez made his Zephyrs debut a memorable one last night, delivering a solo homer with the game scoreless in the seventh to propel the Zephyrs to a 2-0 win. The Z’s have won consecutive games on the heels of a four-game losing skid, and are now just two games behind division co-leaders Albuquerque and Round Rock.

Tonight, New Orleans goes after a ninth win in 10 tries against Memphis this season.

  1. LF Petersen
  2. SS Thurston
  3. 2B Lopez
  4. RF Aguila
  5. CF Kroeger
  6. 3B Dominguez
  7. 1B Gotay
  8. C Davis
  9. P Gomez

Stop the slide

The Zephyrs have lost three straight, five of their last six and eight of their last 12. And yet, the Z’s are still within 3½ games of first place. Plenty of baseball left, and they’ll look to get things going back in the right direction tonight against the Nashville Sounds, a team that has beaten the Zephyrs seven times in 10 meetings this season.

Tonight’s lineup:

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

Zephyrs wrap up series in Omaha

The Zephyrs will wrap up a four game series today against the Storm Chasers.

Here are some notes about last nights game between the Z’s and Omaha.

*The Zephyrs blasted seven home runs and routed Omaha, 22-6. Chris Aguila hit a grand slam in the first inning, and the Z’s scored 17 runs over the final three frames, powered by six home runs, including two from Matt
Dominguez. Ruben Gotay led the way with six RBI, and Josh Kroeger scored five runs as the Z’s pounded out a season high 20 hits. Chris Sampson picked up his second victory on the year, giving up three runs in six innings.

*Chatsworth High School – Is as high school in suburban Los Angeles, in last nights game Chatworth alum’s Matt Dominguez, Bryan Petersen and Mike Moustakas combined to hit four home runs.

*With 22 runs and 22 RBI last night, New Orleans erased franchise records set in a 19-4 win at Iowa on June 9, 2007, surpassing the club mark for runs scored (19) and RBI (18) in a game. The 22 runs are the second-most
scored in the PCL this year behind Colorado Springs, who tallied 24 runs in a 24-6 win over Fresno on May 29.

*The Zephyrs tied a 10-year-old record for most home runs in a single game with seven. The Z’s hit seven home runs in Omaha on April 29, 2001. The seven home runs are a PCL-high on the year; four teams have
cracked six homers in a game.

Here is today’s line up:

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

P Villanueva