A huge crowd of 11,778 turned out on the 4th of July to see the Zephyrs face Oklahoma City last night – the second-largest crowd in Zephyrs history, just 147 people shy of the record, set in 2003! Big thanks to Zephyrs fans for the great turnout, it was a great game (despite the loss), great fireworks show, and an all-around fun night at the park. The players sure seemed appreciative of the support.
Lots of other off-the field news, as before the game, news broke of third baseman Matt Dominguez getting traded to Houston in a deal for Carlos Lee. Dominguez has always been known for his Gold Glove-caliber defense, and even though his bat has been slow to catch up to his glove, he still led the Zephyrs this season with 46 RBI. The good news for Matt: he’s going straight to the big leagues, as he’ll join the Astros tonight in Pittsburgh.
The other side of the deal: the Zephyrs will be adding first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who was optioned to New Orleans following the Marlins’ win in Milwaukee yesterday. With Lee taking over at first base, there was no room for Sanchez, even though he hit the game-tying home run off Brewers closer John Axford with two out in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings. Sanchez has already had one stint with the Z’s this year, and hit .310 with three homers and 10 RBI in 19 games.
Another old face is returning tonight: catcher Brad Davis, who began the year with the Padres’ Triple-A Tucson, signed a contract with Miami and is expected to be active for tonight’s game. Davis struggled to a .155 batting average with Tucson, but enjoyed some success in 2010 and 2011 in New Orleans, and got his first big league call-up to the Marlins in ’10. Nobody in the PCL was hotter than Davis down the stretch last year; his .388 average from July 20 through season’s end led the league.
The lineup tonight as the Zephyrs look to even the series with first-place Oklahoma City: