June 2012

Jones released

The Marlins have released left-handed reliever Beau Jones, the Destrehan High grad who was Louisiana’s Mr. Baseball in 2005. Jones struggled in his hometown return, posting a 7.54 ERA in 22 appearances. Though Jones fared well against left-handed batters, limiting them to six hits in 39 at-bats (.154), righties hit him at a .378 clip. His wild pitch in the eighth inning on Wednesday allowed the go-ahead run to score in an eventual Zephyrs’ loss.

The Z’s return home tonight for a brief four-game homestand against Memphis before heading back on the road. New Orleans is in the midst of playing 24 of 31 games on the road. The lineup:

CF Mattison
2B Murphy
RF Coghlan
SS Green
1B Montz
LF Aguila
3B Dominguez
C Holm
P Villanueva

Hoops fever in OKC

The Zephyrs had an off day Wednesday to travel from Nashville to Oklahoma City, where the NBA’s Thunder were hosting Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The wet weather did not dampen the spirits of the city’s basketball fans, as shown by the view from the Zephyrs’ hotel across from the arena: