Storm Chasers 1, Zephyrs 0
Five Omaha pitchers — including former LSU standout Louis Coleman — combined to shut out the Zephyrs on three hits Thursday night at Zephyr Field.
Coleman (1-2) allowed one hit and struck out four in relief of starter Everett Teaford. It was the first win in this series for the Storm Chasers (15-11) against the Z’s (12-13).
David Lough drove in the game’s only run in the fifth inning with an opposite-field single to left field, scoring Anthony Seratelli from second base with one out.
The Zephyrs’ Paul Gran doubled in the sixth and eighth but was stranded both times.
What: Zephyrs at Albuquerque Isotopes.
When: Friday, 8:05 p.m.
Where: Isotopes Park, Albuquerque, N.M.
Broadcast: WMTI, 106.1 FM
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RH Jacob Turner (1-3, 6.56 ERA) vs. Isotopes RH Matt Palmer (0-0, 4.50)
The parent Miami Marlins picked up the contract of Zephyrs outfielder Matt Diaz, who was leading the team in hitting at .341 and 29 hits. Catcher Jake Jefferies rejoined the Z’s from Single-A Batavia.
Isotopes first baseman Scott Van Slyke ranks high in many offensive categories. He leads the PCL in home runs (eight) and total bases (72) and is second in batting average (.411), second in slugging percentage (.758), second in extra-base hits (16).
Isotopes starter Blake Johnson is from Baton Rouge, and reliever Josh Wall is from Walker.
Johnson, 27, who was drafted in the second round in 2004 from Parkview Baptist High School, is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA. In five starts, he has 19 strikeouts in 25 innings. He is scheduled to start Saturday against the Zephyrs.
In his previous start Tuesday, Johnson, who is 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, hit an inside-the-park homer, the first by a pitcher in the franchise’s history.
Wall, 6-6 and 215, played at Central Private High. He was optioned down from the parent Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday after giving up seven runs in two innings in a wild game at Colorado on Monday. He threw 62 pitches in those two innings in a game in which the Dodgers ended with a position player on the mound.
8:05 p.m. Saturday: Zephyrs LH Duane Below (1-0, 3.60) vs. Isotopes RH Angel Castro (2-1, 2.52)
2:05 p.m. Sunday: Zephyrs LH Brad Hand (2-1, 2.00) vs. Isotopes RH Blake Johnson (2-1, 5.40)
Pacific Coast League
American North Division
W L Pct. GB
Omaha 15 11 .577 —
Memphis 13 12 .520 1
Iowa 9 16 .360 5
Nashville 7 17 .292 6½
American South Division
W L Pct. GB
Oklahoma City 16 10 .615 —
Albuquerque 15 11 .577 1
Round Rock 15 12 .556 1½
New Orleans 12 13 .487 4
Pacific North Division
W L Pct. GB
Tacoma 17 10 .630 —
Colorado Springs 14 10 .583 1½
Salt Lake 13 14 .481 4
Reno 8 19 .296 9
Pacific South Division
W L Pct. GB
Sacramento 15 12 .556 —
Las Vegas 13 12 .520 1
Fresno 14 13 .519 1
Tucson 11 15 .423 3½
Round Rock at Iowa, ppd., wintry conditions
Omaha 1, New Orleans 0
Nashville at Oklahoma City, n
Memphis at Albuquerque, n
Colorado Springs at Salt Lake, n
Las Vegas at Reno, n
Tucson at Tacoma, n
Sacramento at Fresno, n
Oklahoma City at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
Nashville at Round Rock, 7:05 p.m.
Memphis at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Tucson at Salt Lake, 7:35 p.m.
New Orleans at Albuquerque, 8:05 p.m.
Reno at Tacoma, 9 p.m.
Las Vegas at Sacramento, 9:05 p.m.
Colorado Springs at Fresno, 9:05 p.m.
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