Bees 2, Zephyrs 1
METAIRIE — Salt Lake City starter Kip Wells held the Zephyrs to one run through five innings, and four relievers blanked New Orleans the rest of the way in ending the Zephyrs’ three-game winning streak.
The Z’s got one hit after the second inning, and that didn’t come until Wilson Valdez doubled in the bottom of the ninth with two out.
The Bees’ Trent Oeltjen led off the game with a double off Duane Below (2-1) and scored when Roberto Lopez followed with a single. The Z’s (16-16) tied it in the bottom half when Jordan Brown scored Gorkys Hernandez with a sacrifice fly.
Salt Lake City (16-19) claimed the lead in the second when former LSU player Brad Hawpe and Bill Hall both walked, and Matt Young, attempting to sacrifice, reached on an error, allowing Hawpe to score.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Salt Lake City Bees
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Brad Hand (2-2, 2.76 ERA) vs. Bees RH Orangel Arena (1-5, 6.57)
BROADCAST: WMTI 106.1 FM
PROMOTIONS: It’s Superhero Night, Caped Crusader! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and be admitted for half-price. The costumed fans should add to the post-game excitement, because it’s also Fireworks Night. There will be a fireworks display after the game.
Perhaps Zephyrs fans should see Jacob Turner pitch whenever they can. Turner may not be in AAA baseball too long.
He had a dominating performance in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory against Salt Lake City, the only blemish being two home runs he allowed to Bees outfielder Trent Oeltjen. However, those were the only two hits he allowed in 6.2 innings, and he walked just one batter.
“Turner did an outstanding job, and he’s just been getting better with his starts,” Z’s manager Ron Hassey said.
It was the fourth consecutive start of at least six innings for Turner, and the third in a row allowing just two earned runs. He has a lowered his ERA from 8.74 to 5.20.
Turner, 6 feet 5, seems the total package for a good major league pitcher.
“He’s 22 years old, he has a great body, great stuff, and his command is coming along,” scout Tom Korenek said. “I think he’ll be in the major leagues in a year.
“The only thing I don’t like about him is he doesn’t hold runners on first base. Guys get on, and they steal against him.”
Steve Klauke has been the voice of the Bees the entire 20 years the team has been in existence.
Klauke broadcast his 2,800th game Thursday night. The franchise has played 2,810 in its history. In April 2012, he surpassed the Jazz’s Hot Rod Hundley for the most broadcasts of one team in Utah history.
“Just coming to the ballpark everyday is a pleasure,” he said. “I never get tired of the games.”
Nor the travel. New Orleans is a favorite spot because of its restaurants. A big fan of the TV program Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, he regularly tweets about his restaurant experiences on the road.
“I call it Triple D in Triple A,” he said.