Zephyrs 3, Bees 2
Bryan Petersen, Ed Lucas and Jordan Brown hit consecutive doubles as the Zephyrs scored two runs in the sixth inning Wednesday night at Zephyrs Field.
The victory was New Orleans’ third straight wom and fourth in five games.
Starter Jacob Turner (2-3) gave up two solo home runs to Salt Lake City’s Trent Oeltjen, but got out 17 consecutive batters between the two blasts, which occurred in the first and seventh innings. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four.
The Zephyrs had tied the score 1-1 in the fourth when Brown singled in Petersen, who had tripled.
Left-hander Dan Jennings pitched 2.1 innings of shutout ball for his first save.
What: Salt Lake City Bees at New Orleans Zephyrs.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs left-hander Duane Below (2-0, 3.27 ERA) vs. Bees right-hander Kip Wells (0-2, 15.00)
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.
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Also East Jefferson General Hospital Night and Gildan’s Underwear Giveaway Night.
When Zephyrs third baseman Matt Downs stepped up to the plate for the first time during the second inning of Tuesday’s opener against Salt Lake City, the scoreboard had his name as “Popcorn” Downs.
In the Zephyrs recent series at Albuquerque, Downs noticed that Chili Buss played for the Isotopes.
“How’s this guy calling himself Chili?” Downs said. “I like that. I might call myself Popcorn. I like Popcorn.”
Teammates took a liking to it, too.
Downs had gone 4-for-7 and had driven in the winning run with a double in the 11th as the Zephyrs won the final game against the Isotopes 9-8 Monday. On the team’s flight home, one of the airline attendants, having been informed by one of the Zephyrs, announced that “Popcorn” Downs was on the plane.
Perhaps inspired, he went 2-for-4 Tuesday night with an RBI and a run. It marked his fourth consecutive game with a hit. Starting with the second game in Albuquerque, “Popcorn” has gone 8-for-17 (.470), raising his season’s average to .237. In his previous 22 games, he had hit .162.
The nicknames may prove contagious. When right fielder Bryan Petersen came up to the plate Wednesday in the first inning, “Peanut” Petersen appeared on the scoreboard. Petersen, who hit well over .300 at the start of the season, is batting .272.
By the way, Buss’ first name is Nick. However, Chili is his middle name on his birth certificate.
The Zephyrs came into the series last in the PCL in batting average with runners in scoring position (.215). However, they were 4-for-6 in RISP on Tuesday. … The Zephyrs are 13-3 when scoring first this season, third-best in the PCL.
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