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Fourth of July fireworks: Zephyrs 7, Cubs 0

Former LSU shortstop Austin Nola went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs in his first home game with the Zephyrs, and Jose Urena pitched a complete game as New Orleans won the series opener before a Fourth of July crowd of 9,942 at Zephyr Field. “The big thing is we won, but to contribute is always great,”… Continue reading →

Kila Ka’aihue’s big bat sparks Zephyrs

PAPILLION, Neb. — Kila Ka’aihue delivered three hits and knocked in four runs as the New Orleans Zephyrs defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers 8-4 in the series finale Friday night. The win gets the Z’s a split in the four-game series. Ka’aihue played four seasons for Omaha from 2008–11 and hurt his former club Friday night… Continue reading →

Having reached Triple-A and back in his home state with the Zephyrs, ex-LSU standout Austin Nola is eager to prove himself

Austin Nola with the Jacksonville Suns

Late on June 27, A.J. Nola and his wife, Stacie, were in Tallahassee, Florida, on their way to see their son Austin play for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. They were three hours away and called to let him know. “He said, ‘I’ll be on my way to Iowa in the morning. I got promoted to the… Continue reading →

Zephyrs fall 5-2 to Omaha

PAPILLION, Neb. — Whit Merrifield hammered a three-run, second-inning home run and the Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs 5-2 Thursday night. Omaha starter Aaron Brooks (5-4) limited the Zephyrs to three hits through the first six innings. The Z’s nicked him for two runs in the seventh inning on a solo… Continue reading →

Kendry Flores, bullpen shine in Zephyrs victory

PAPILLION, Neb. — Kendry Flores pitched six shutout innings, and the Zephyrs bullpen picked up the final three innings to earn their league-best 11 shutout of the season as New Orleans defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers 2-0. Flores matched up against the young fireballer from the Kansas City Royals, Yordano Ventura. Ventura on a… Continue reading →

Zephyrs pitchers Adam Conley, Nick Wittgren picked for Triple-A All-Star Game

It appears that having a New Orleans Zephyrs pitcher on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team has become a virtual certainty. Starter Adam Conley and closer Nick Wittgren were selected Wednesday to play in Triple-A All-Star Game, marking the fourth consecutive season at least one Zephyrs pitcher has been chosen. Six Z’s pitchers have been All-Stars in the… Continue reading →

Zephyrs split doubleheader with Storm Chasers

PAPILLION, Neb. — The New Orleans Zephyrs and Omaha Storm Chasers split a doubleheader Tuesday night. The Z’s grabbed the first game, shutting out Omaha 6-0. In the second game, Omaha returned the favor and silenced the Zephyrs 3-0. The first game was the completion of a suspended game from June 14 at Zephyr Field.… Continue reading →

Monday: Zephyrs 2, Cubs 1

Des Moines, Iowa — Juan Diaz drilled a sacrifice fly to score Jordany Valdespin to give the New Orleans Zephyrs a 2-1 win in 12 innings over the Iowa Cubs. Nick Wittgren earned the save as the Zephyrs split the series.… Continue reading →

Sunday: Cubs 6, Zephyrs 5

Des Moines, Iowa — Ryan Dent’s eighth-inning bunt single scored the go-ahead run and the Iowa Cubs rallied to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-5 on Sunday. The Z’s took a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning with closer Nick Wittgren on the mound. Wittgren was a… Continue reading →

Saturday, June 27: Cubs 6, Zephyrs 1

Des Moines, Iowa — Jonathan Mota drilled a two-out, three-run double in the fourth inning to lead the Iowa Cubs over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Saturday. Iowa loaded the bases, and New Orleans starter Chris Narveson got Chris Valaika to pop out for the second out, but Mota… Continue reading →

Friday: Zephyrs 5, Cubs 0

DES MOINES, Iowa — Kendry Flores silenced the Iowa Cubs for seven innings, and Grant Dayton and Lay Batista handled the final two as the New Orleans Zephyrs shut out the Iowa Cubs 5-0 on Friday night at Principal Park. Kila Ka’aihue had two big hits, driving home three to power the Zephyrs offense.… Continue reading →

Express 5, Zephyrs 1

Josh Hamilton, on a rehab assignment from the Texas Rangers, went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs before being replaced in the bottom of the fifth inning on Thursday at Zephyr Field. The Express (43-29), which leads the American Southern Division, prevented the Zephyrs (33-38) from sweeping the three-game series. Hamilton, sidelined since May 21 with a hamstring injury,… Continue reading →

Wednesday: Zephyrs 6, Express 3

Left fielder Vinny Rottino hit a three-run homer with two outs in the third inning, and third baseman Juan Diaz followed with a solo shot, as New Orleans roughed up former LSU pitcher Anthony Ranaudo on Wednesday at Zephyr Field. Adam Conley (7-2) allowed one hit through six innings,… Continue reading →

Tuesday, June 23: Zephyrs 5, Express 0

New Orleans starter Andre Rienzo (1-4) shut out Round Rock on three hits through seven innings for his first victory of the season, and third baseman Juan Diaz capped the victory with a three-run homer in the eighth in the series opener Tuesday at Zephyr Field. “When you look at his numbers (2.65 earned-run average), he deserves… Continue reading →

Sunday: Sky Sox 6, Zephyrs 2

SKY SOX 6, ZEPHYRS 2 Colorado Springs, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Sky Sox scored five first-inning runs and cruised to a 6-2 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Sunday afternoon at Security Service Field. Matt Dominguez, Nevin Ashley and Yadiel Rivera each had RBI singles in… Continue reading →

SkySox rally past Zephyrs 9-6

Colorado Springs, CO. — Colorado Springs scored five runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs 9-6 on Saturday. Former Zephyr Matt Dominguez drilled a two run double to give the Sky Sox the lead in the seventh inning.… Continue reading →

Friday, June 19: Zephyrs 4, Sky Sox 0

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Zephyrs pitchers retired the final 26 hitters and delivered the seventh shutout of the season in a 4-0 win on Friday night. The Z’s picked up their second consecutive victory and improved to 31-35 on the season. Travis Blackley pitched five shutout innings in a spot start after… Continue reading →

Tuesday: Round Rock 8, Zephyrs 7

Round Rock , Texas — The Round Rock Express sent nine batters to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring four runs, to rally past the New Orleans Zephyrs 8-7 on a rainy Tuesday night. Rain from Tropical Storm Bill delayed the start of the game by 30 minutes, and it rained pretty… Continue reading →

Saturday: Zephyrs 5, Storm Chasers 4, 13 innings

Juan Diaz scored from second base on Isaac Galloway’s high-bouncing single to left field in the bottom of the 13th inning, and the New Orleans Zephyrs ended a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 5-4 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers. The Zephyrs (29-32) cut Omaha’s series lead to 2-1 with the… Continue reading →

Storm Chasers top Zephyrs 3-1

Whit Merrifield scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Paulo Orlando in the eighth inning against reliever James Nygren, lifting the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 3-1 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Friday night at Zephyr Field. The Storm Chasers (32-30) took a two games to none series lead against New Orleans (28-32),… Continue reading →

Storm Chasers edge Zephyrs 3-2

Francisco Pena, son of former Zephyrs manager Tony Pena, crushed a home run to left-center field in the 11th inning off reliever Greg Nappo, as Omaha won the series opener Thursday 3-2 at Zephyr Field. Shortstop Miguel Rojas led off the bottom of the inning with a double but Omaha closer Michael Mariot got Reid Brignac on… Continue reading →

Zephyrs up next: Omaha Chasers on Thursday

Chasers at Zephyrs When: 7 p.m. Where: Zephyr Field Probable starters: Zephyrs right-handed pitcher Jared Cosart (0-0, rehab assignment); Chasers right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks (4-3, 3.41). Radio: WMTI-FM, 106.1 On the mend Zephyrs starter Jared Cosart will be pitching on a rehabilitation assignment, as the Miami Marlins’… Continue reading →

SOUNDS 6, ZEPHYRS 3

SOUNDS 6, ZEPHYRS 3 Left fielder Matt Carson hit a three-run home run in the second inning, and Nashville stayed in control the rest of the way Tuesday at Zephyr Field in a game called in the top of the sixth inning due to rain. The victory gave the Sounds (29-31) the series, three games to… Continue reading →

Monday: Zephyrs 4-3, Sounds 3-1

Miami Marlins right-hander Mat Latos allowed one run on three hits in 4.2 innings in his rehab assignment, and relievers Fabian Williams and Lay Batista shut out Nashville the rest of the way in the second game a doubleheader Monday at Zephyr Field. Shortstop Reid Brignac scored two… Continue reading →

Sunday: Sounds 3, Zephyrs 2

Left-fielder Alden Carrithers’ two-out single drove in Jason Pridie from second base, and Nashville won by scoring in the ninth inning for the second consecutive game Sunday at Zephyr Field. New Orleans left-hander Justin Nicolino pitched 8.2 innings, getting out the first two batters in the ninth. However, he gave up an opposite-field double to Jason… Continue reading →

Zephyrs on Saturday: Sounds 4, Zephyrs 2

Nashville scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning against reliever Pat Urckfitz in the series opener Saturday at Zephyr Field. The loss was the fourth in five games for the Zephyrs, who just completed an eight-game West Coast trip. “It’s a tough one to swallow,” Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. “(Urckfitz)… Continue reading →

Sunday: Aces 4, Zephyrs 3

Reno, Nev. — The Reno Aces rallied for a a pair of runs in the seventh inning and held on to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs 4-3 on Sunday. The Zephyrs grabbed an early lead, scoring a run in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead. Reno picked up… Continue reading →

Saturday: Zephyrs 14, Aces 3

RENO, Nev. — The New Orleans Zephyrs pounded a season-high 14 runs and hammered a pair of first-inning home runs to defeat the Reno Aces 14-3 on Saturday night at Aces Ballpark. The Z’s sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring five times off Reno starter Gabriel Arias. Jordany Valdespin worked a lead-off… Continue reading →