Zephyrs road trip

Redhawks 5,

Zephyrs 3

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City scored two runs in the in the fifth on Cody Clark’s RBI single and Andrew Simunic’s grounder to take a 4-2 lead on its way to a 5-3 victory Sunday.

The loss was the third in a row for New Orleans (10-12), which fell to 2½ games behind the first-place RedHawks (13-10) in the American Southern Division.

Ed Lucas went 2-for-3 to lead the Zs, getting a solo homer and a double.

The Zephyrs hit only 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven baserunners.

Jacob Turner (1-3) allowed three earned runs in six innings and took the loss.

MONDAY NIGHT

WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

WHERE: Zephyr Field,
Metairie

WHEN: 7 p.m.

BROADCAST: 106.1 FM

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Duane Below (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Storm Chasers RH Nate Adcock (2-1, 5.74).

PROMOTION

It’s Senior Citizen Day. Fans ages 60 and up receive discounted $5 admission.

ON THE MEND

Below is making his debut with the Zephyrs, but his record this season is 1-2 with a 2.10 earned-run average after pitching with Toledo of the International League.

He was picked up by the Marlins after being waived by the Detroit Tigers, and had been a promising pitcher in their organization. Drafted in the 19th round in 2006 from Lake Michigan College, he led the Midwest League with 160 strikeouts in 2007 and was the Tigers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

However, in 2009 he was 2-4 with a 2.70 ERA before having Tommy John surgery and missing the rest of the year.

LOUISIANA FLAVOR

Former Jesuit High School and University of New Orleans player Johnny Giavotella has been on a tear of late with the Storm Chasers.

Giavotella, who plays second base, is batting .329 with 16 runs and 14 RBIs. However, heading into Sunday’s game, he was on a nine-game hitting streaking since April 19, batting .444 (16-of-36) with 10 runs, eight RBIs, one home run and four doubles.

His showing of late came after he had his best training camp in three tries with the parent Kansas City Royals.

Giavotella, who was drafted in the second round (49th overall) by KC in 2008, is in his sixth year in the minors, but has had two stints in the majors. He batted .247 in 46 games with Kansas City in 2011 and .238 in 53 games with the Royals in 2012.

Darrell Williams

Pacific Coast League

American North Division

W L Pct. GB

Omaha 14 9 .609 —

Memphis 13 9 .591 ½

Iowa 8 14 .364 5½

Nashville 7 14 .333 6

American South Division

W L Pct. GB

Oklahoma City 13 10 .565 —

Round Rock 13 11 .542 ½

Albuquerque 12 11 .522 1

New Orleans 10 12 .455 2½

Pacific North Division

W L Pct. GB

Tacoma 14 10 .583 —

Colorado Springs 12 9 .571 ½

Salt Lake 12 12 .500 2

Reno 8 16 .333 6

Pacific South Division

W L Pct. GB

Fresno 13 11 .542 —

Sacramento 13 11 .542 —

Tucson 11 12 .478 1½

Las Vegas 10 12 .455 2

Saturday’s Games

Memphis at Nashville, ppd., rain

Omaha 13, Iowa 2

Oklahoma City 11, New Orleans 1

Albuquerque 5, Round Rock 2

Fresno 9, Reno 6

Tucson 7, Colorado Springs 3

Tacoma 8, Las Vegas 2

Sacramento 6, Salt Lake 5

Sunday’s Games

Round Rock 4, Albuquerque 3

Oklahoma City 5, New Orleans 3

Tacoma 5, Las Vegas 3

Memphis 1, Nashville 0, 1st game

Iowa 10, Omaha 6

Tucson 7, Colorado Springs 4

Reno 11, Fresno 2

Sacramento 7, Salt Lake 2

Memphis 2, Nashville 1, 2nd game

Monday’s Games

Round Rock at Iowa, 6:35 p.m.

Omaha at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Nashville at Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.

Memphis at Albuquerque, 7:35 p.m.

Colo. Springs at Salt Lake, 7:35 p.m.

Tucson at Tacoma, 8 p.m.

Las Vegas at Reno, 8:35 p.m.

Sacramento at Fresno, 9:05 p.m.