Zephyrs homestand

Texas Rangers' A.J. Pierzynski, left, holds the ball up for umpire Jordan Baker after a collision with Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson, right, in the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Donaldson was out on the play to end the game. The Rangers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Show caption
Texas Rangers' A.J. Pierzynski, left, holds the ball up for umpire Jordan Baker after a collision with Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson, right, in the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Donaldson was out on the play to end the game. The Rangers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

RedHawks 4,
Zephyrs 1

Che-Hsuan Lin hit a two-run double in a three-run sixth inning, lifting Oklahoma City on Thursday at Zephyr Field.

RedHawks starter Jarred Cosart (7-3) allowed just four hits and no walks in six innings, striking out eight. The Zephyrs didn’t score until the eighth, when Joe Mahoney doubled off Alex Sogard with one out, scoring Jake Smolinski.

Z’s starter Matt Neil (2-3) left in the fifth with no score after allowing a leadoff double and a walk. The RedHawks then got two hits off reliever Jordan Smith, plating the three runs.

OKC top prospect Brett Wallace was 4-for-5 and scored two runs.

FRIDAY’S GAME

What: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City RedHawks

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie

Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RHP Jared Rogers (2-1, 4.79 ERA) vs. RedHawks RHP Asher Wojciehowski (3-2, 3.02).

Broadcast: WMTI-FM, 106.1; Cox Sports Television, Ch 37

PROMOTION

It’s Star Wars Night. Admission is half-price for those wearing Star Wars costumes or shirts, and bring a camera for pictures with Star Wars characters.

The first 1,000 fans will receive a light sword. And, after the game, there will be a special Star Wars-themed fireworks show.

LOUISIANA FLAVOR

Former Tulane pitcher Josh Zeid is in his first year of AAA ball with Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco said Zeid is progressing well.

“He’s starting to come into his own,” DeFrancesco said. “(Tuesday night), He got a save for us, so hopefully he’ll be a guy we can put out there late in games.”

Zeid, 26, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th round in 2009 after his senior year at Tulane. In July, 2011, he and three other Phillies minor-league prospects were traded to the Astros in exchange for outfielder Hunter Pence, who helped the San Francisco Giants to the 2012 World Series title.

The Phillies had tried Zeid as a starter, but decided he was most effective as a reliever. The Astros have him on the fast track, and he is expected to be with them next season.

Zeid, 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, is long an angular and throws with a high release point, downhill, as those baseball like to say.

“He throws in the mid-90s (on his fast ball),” DeFrancesco said. “He has a good slider, and he’s working on a split-finger. He’s on his way, hopefully, to good things.”

This season, Zeid is 3-0 with a 3.49 earned-run average in 28.1 innings over 27 games.

EXTRA BASES

Of course, the RedHawks have had a lot more than baseball on their minds the past few weeks.

Although most of the players obviously are not from Oklahoma City, the area has been ravaged by tornadoes, putting everything in perspective. The team was on the road when the first one hit, causing a lot of anxiety with regard to the families of the team and coaches. Ironically, the ballpark proved to be a haven.

“A lot of the wives and families were still there, and that night they all reported to the stadium and were kind of underground,” DeFrancesco said. “Everybody was safe.”

When the RedHawks returned, they immediately got into the relief effort.

Ironically, the RedHawks’ opponents for the series when they returned home were the Omaha Storm Chasers. They joined in the relief effort, also.

Darrell Williams