Zephyrs 9, Isotopes 8, 11 innings
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Matt Downs doubled in Ed Lucas with two outs in the 11th inning Monday as the New Orleans Zephyrs gained a split of their four-game series against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Reliever Jordan Smith (3-1) didn’t allow a hit in two scoreless innings. Downs went 4-for-7 and drove in three runs. Bryan Petersen homered and doubled to drive in two, and Jordan Brown went 4-for-4 and drove in a pair.
New Orleans had a season-high 21 hits and went 6-for-23 (.265) with runners in scoring position. The Zephyrs entered with a .215 average in that situation, worst in the Pacific Coast League.
What: Salt Lake Bees at New Orleans Zephyrs.
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
When: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: WTMI-FM, 106.1.
It’s Catholic Charities Night. Hot dogs are $1 all game, and fans receive $3 admission by showing their coupon from Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. All proceeds from voucher sales benefit CCA Education Services and Hispanic Apostle Programs. It’s also Triple Play Taco Tuesday: Fans can get an upper-deck ticket, a taco and a soda for $10.
Former LSU player Brad Hawpe is with the Bees. Hawpe played with the Colorado Rockies from 2006-10 and flourished there, hitting 29 homers in 2007 and helping the Rockies to the World Series. Things changed in 2011 after he had Tommy John surgery while playing for the San Diego Padres. Last season, he played 35 games with Double-A Frisco. This season, he’s hitting .269 with one homer and nine RBIs. He struggled with the Pittsburgh Pirates in spring training, and the Los Angeles Angels, the Bees’ parent club, signed him April 10.
Zephyrs catcher Kyle Skipworth was called up Sunday by the Miami Marlins, who returned infielder Nick Green to New Orleans. On Monday, left fielder Jake Smolinski was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville.
The Bees started 10-3 but will arrive in New Orleans at 15-17. At least part of the reason can be traced to the Angels’ trade of catcher Chris Snyder to the Baltimore Orioles on April 23 for pitcher Rob Delaney. Snyder was leading the Bees with a .342 batting average and added seven homers and 21 RBIs. But Snyder, who had played in more than 700 major league games, had a gentleman’s agreement with the Angels that, if he were not promoted by May 1, they would release him so he could try to catch on with another MLB team. Then, the Orioles came calling.
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