ZEPHYRS 9, CUBS 0
New Orleans had a rare scoring outburst, and Doug Mathis shut out the Cubs on two hits over seven innings in a 9-0 Zephyrs’ win Tuesday at Zephyr Field.
The Zephyrs evened the series at a game apiece with the final game today.
New Orleans took a 2-0 lead in the second when Kyle Skipworth doubled in Jake Smolinski and Mathis (4-7) singled home Skipworth. The Z’s made it 3-0 in the third when Smolinski scored on a wild pitch by Iowa starter JakieArrieta (0-1).
A two-out error by Cubs shortstop Donnie Murphy on a grounder by Mathis, on which Nick Green scored, enabled the Zephyrs to break it open. A triple by Kevin Mattison, a single by Gil Velazquez and one by Jordon Brown all scored runs, pushing the lead to 7-0.
What: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Iowa Cubs.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie.
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs LH Brian Flynn (2-9, 3.91 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Nick Struck (5-5, 5.94)
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.
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Flynn’s record would suggest he is pitching poorly. He is one of six Pacific Coast League pitchers with nine losses, five of which have come in his past six outings.
However, in three of the losses, Flynn, a 6-foot-7 left-hander, had decent starts.
Against Albuquerque on June 7, he allowed just three runs in six innings, even though two of the five hits against him were homers. He walked two and struck out five.
On June 29 at Round Rock, Flynn, 23, gave up eight hits in just 4.2 innings but gave up two earned runs, no homers and struck out eight.
His last loss, on July 4 at home against Oklahoma City, before 11,212 fans, seemed to rankle manager Ron Hassey. Flynn pitched 6.2 innings and was touched for seven hits, but he allowed just two runs, again didn’t give up a homer, and had six strikeouts.
However, in the five losses, the Zephyrs have scored one, three, one, two and one run.
“The record doesn’t really stand for what he’s really done here,” Hassey said. “He’s done a good job. When you’re not able to score runs, it’s going to make it really tough on the pitcher. He’s trying to throw shutouts every inning.”
Former Zachary-Central Private High School standout Josh Wall made his first mound appearance for the Zephyrs on Monday night against Iowa, pitching the ninth inning of New Orleans’ 5-2 loss.
He allowed two hits but no runs. Although it wasn’t a save situation or a win, Wall said it was good to get out there with his new team, especially playing near home.
He was obtained by the Marlins in the Ricky Nolasco trade with the Dodgers that was completed late Saturday night, arrived in New Orleans about 3 p.m. Sunday and headed for the ballpark. But the game against Oklahoma City was rained out.
“It was good to get out there and get my feet wet with a new organization,” he said. “I hadn’t pitched in a few days, too, so it was nice to get out there.”
Wall is from Walker, but his family now lives in Prairieville, which is about a 50-minute drive from Zephyr Field. There was a host of family members witnessing his first game with the Zephyrs. He said it felt great pitching at home.
“Not many of my family members got to come see me throw during the season (in Albuquerque),” he said. “It’ll be a fun experience to play here close to home.”
Pitcher Duane Below was recalled by the Marlins, and reliever Chris Hatcher was optioned back to New Orleans on Tuesday. Below was 5-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 11 starts with the Zephyrs. Earlier this season with Miami, he was 0-1 in two relief appearances, giving up three runs in 2.2 innings. Hatcher was called up by the Marlins on Sunday. On Monday, against the Atlanta Braves, he gave up six runs on four hits and three walks in the 14th inning and took the loss 7-1. He was chosen to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team last week after notching 24 saves in 25 chances. … Outfielder Kyle Jensen was chosen as the Marlins’ Minor League Player of the Month for June. Before coming up to the Zephyrs on June 24, Jensen, playing for AA Jacksonville, led the Southern League with 16 homers. Between Jacksonville and the Zephyrs, Jensen hit .277, with 11 homers, 21 RBIs and 21 runs.
Pacific Coast League
American North Division
W L Pct. GB
Iowa 47 45 .511 —
Memphis 44 48 .478 3
Omaha 41 50 .451 5½
Nashville 32 60 .348 15
American South Division
W L Pct. GB
Albuquerque 51 41 .554 —
Round Rock 51 41 .554 —
Oklahoma City 49 41 .544 1
New Orleans 43 48 .473 7½
Pacific North Division
W L Pct. GB
Tacoma 54 38 .587 —
Salt Lake 50 42 .543 4
Colorado Springs 48 42 .533 5
Reno 35 57 .380 19
Pacific South Division
W L Pct. GB
Tucson 50 42 .543 —
Sacramento 48 43 .527 1½
Las Vegas 46 43 .517 2½
Fresno 42 50 .457 8
Iowa 5, New Orleans 2
Oklahoma City 5, Round Rock 0
Omaha 5, Memphis 1
Sacramento 14, Colorado Springs 6
Salt Lake 7, Las Vegas 1
Albuquerque 6, Nashville 5, 5 innings
Fresno 6, Reno 2
Tacoma 7, Tucson 0
Iowa at New Orleans, (n)
Omaha at Memphis, (n)
Oklahoma City at Round Rock, (n)
Nashville at Albuquerque, (n)
Sacramento at Colorado Springs, (n)
Las Vegas at Salt Lake, (n)
Reno at Fresno, (n)
Tacoma at Tucson, (n)
Sacramento at Colorado Springs, 1:35 p.m.
Iowa at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Round Rock, 7:05 p.m.
Omaha at Memphis, 7:05 p.m.
Nashville at Albuquerque, 8:05 p.m.
Las Vegas at Salt Lake, 8:05 p.m.
Reno at Fresno, 9:05 p.m.
Tacoma at Tucson, 9:05 p.m.
Albuquerque at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
Round Rock at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Memphis at Nashville, 7:05 p.m.
New Orleans at Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.
Salt Lake at Colorado Springs, 8:05 p.m.
Reno at Tacoma, 9 p.m.
Tucson at Las Vegas, 9:05 p.m.
Fresno at Sacramento, 9:05 p.m.