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Lou Schwechheimer says Major League Baseball approves sale of Zephyrs

Major League Baseball approved the sale of part of the New Orleans Zephyrs from Don Beaver to Lou Schwechheimer, Schwechheimer said. “We have been approved by the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball, and Friday we received a letter from Major League Baseball, from the Commissioner’s office, that we have their blessing, as well,” Schwechheimer said. Schwechheimer,… Continue reading →

Source says Zephyrs to announce partial sale of team

The New Orleans Zephyrs will announce the partial sale of the team to former Pawtucket Red Sox owner Lou Schwechheimer at a news conference Nov. 30, two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The Zephyrs sent out a news release stating there would be an announcement concerning the Zephyrs’ new stadium lease and the future… Continue reading →

Zephyrs 'will remain in New Orleans indefinitely' as LSED takes over management, upkeep of Zephyr Field

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- Zephrys' manager Andy Haines, second from left,  speaks to members of the media during the New Orleans Zephyrs' Media Day at Zephyr Field.

The Louisiana Stadium and Expedition District Chairman Ron Forman signed the lease agreement Wednesday giving it management of Zephyr Field and extending the New Orleans Zephyrs' lease for at least five years. The signing comes while the sale of the Zephyrs, the city's Class Triple-A Minor League Baseball team, to former Pawtucket Red Sox owner Lou Schwechheimer nears completion. “The good news… Continue reading →

Zephyrs wrap up season of struggles, frustrations

The New Orleans Zephyrs returned from this season’s Pacific Coast League All-Star break intent on making a run and getting into contention in the American Southern Division. The Zephyrs were 42-48 before the break. However, instead of beginning an ascent, the bottom fell out of the Zephyrs’ season. It was a clear reminder of… Continue reading →

Zephyrs win season finale 8-7 over Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The New Orleans Zephyrs and Colorado Springs Sky Sox combined for 15 runs and 28 hits on a wild Monday to end the season. Zephyrs closer Nick Wittgren silenced the Sox in the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning and earning his 19th save.… Continue reading →

Sky Sox defeat Zephyrs 6-4

Colorado Springs — The New Orleans Zephyrs scored three runs in the ninth inning but the rally fell short as the Sky Sox defeated New Orleans 6-4 on Saturday night. The Zephyrs scored first with a second inning run when New Orleans had three consecutive hits and Austin Nola picked up an RBI.… Continue reading →

Zephyrs report: Redbirds 6, Zephyrs 5

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Redbirds stunned the New Orleans Zephyrs by scoring three ninth-inning runs for a 6-5 victory Wednesday at AutoZone Park. Memphis loaded the bases in the ninth off of Zephyrs closer Nick Wittgren. A pair of hits and a two-out walk set the stage for a bases-clearing double… Continue reading →

Sunday: Bees 4, Zephyrs 1

Former LSU center fielder Jared Mitchell and shortstop Angel Rosa hit consecutive two-out doubles in the seventh inning, producing the go-ahead run, and Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer in the eighth, lifting Salt Lake on Sunday at Zephyr Field. The uprising came against reliever Craig Stem (0-2) in the… Continue reading →

Saturday: Zephyrs 4, Bees 0

Reid Brignac’s two-run single capped a three-run seventh inning, and New Orleans won its third consecutive game in the series Saturday night at Zephyr Field. Zephyrs starter Trevor Williams shut out the Bees on four hits over five innings. Chris Reed (1-0) and Scott McGough preserved the shutout. “As a staff we threw very well,” said Williams, who… Continue reading →

Friday, Aug. 28: Zephyrs 7, Bees 4

New Orleans broke open a close game with a three-run fifth inning, highlighted by Austin Nola’s two-run double to right field on Friday night at Zephyr Field. “Pitching-wise, we kind of gutted it out,” manager Andy Haines said. “And, it’s nice to score runs late. This game was closer than it may have seemed.” The Zs (54-80) took… Continue reading →

Thursday, Aug. 27: Zephyrs 3, Bees 2

After going against first-place teams and a second-place team in its past six series, New Orleans found last-place Salt Lake more to its liking on Thursday at Zephyr Field. The Zephyrs ruined Bees starter Rick Tropeano’s 25th birthday, scoring three runs in the sixth inning in winning the series opener. “Victory is always beautiful, especially the… Continue reading →

Zephyrs report: Las Vegas 10, Zephyrs 6

Las Vegas ripped starter Robert Morey for eight runs on nine hits through four innings in finishing off New Orleans in the series, three games to one, Wednesday at Zephyr Field. The Zephyrs (52-80), banged out 15 hits, but lost for the 17th time in 18 games and the 23rd game in their past 28 at… Continue reading →

Tuesday: 51s 3, Zephyrs 0

Right-hander Dillon Gee shut out New Orleans on seven hits over seven innings, and Las Vegas got home runs by Brandon Allen and Darrell Ceciliani on Tuesday at Zephyr Field. The Zephyrs (52-79) finished with 10 hits, but went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. The… Continue reading →

Monday: Zephyrs 5, 51s 0

New Orleans ended a 15-game losing streak Monday at Zephyr Field, as right-hander Ivan Pineyro shut out Las Vegas on three hits through eight innings in getting his first Triple-A victory. “I’m just glad for the guys,” manager Andy Haines said. “They scrapped and scrapped and to finally get… Continue reading →

Sunday: 51s 5, Zephyrs 4

Brady Shoemaker grounded into a 5-2-3 game-ending double play in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded, and New Orleans opened its final homestand of the season with its 15th consecutive loss, extending a franchise high. The Z’s trailed 5-1 entering the inning, but scored three runs… Continue reading →

Late Thursday: River Cats 4, Zephyrs 3, 14 innings

SACRAMENTO — Brandon Hicks’ single with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning lifted the River Cats over the Zephyrs. Mac Williamson singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a ground-out to set up Hicks’ single down the left field line to give the Cats their 11th consecutive… Continue reading →

River Cats shut out slumping Zephyrs 2-0

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jarrett Parker picked up three hits including a first inning two out RBI single to lead the River Cats to a 2-0 shutout win over the New Orleans Zephyrs. Sacramento starter Tommy Hanson had lost five of his eight starts this season with a 7.71 ERA but on Wednesday night he… Continue reading →

Tuesday: Fresno outslugs Zephyrs 14-12

FRESNO, Calif. — Tyler White pounded out three hits in five at-bats and drove in four runs to lead the Fresno Grizzlies to a win over New Orleans on Tuesday night. White finished off an two-game stretch with 10 RBIs and seven hits in the final two games of the series. The Zephyrs scored… Continue reading →

Zephyrs report

Late Monday Tyler White went 4-for-5, falling a triple short of the cycle, and drove in six runs to lead the Fresno Grizzlies to a 10-4 rout of the New Orleans Zephyrs on Monday night in Fresno, Calif. White’s two-run homer in the bottom… Continue reading →

Sunday: Grizzlies 4, Zephyrs 0

FRESNO, Calif. — Nolan Fontana drilled a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning to snap a scoreless tie and give the Fresno Grizzlies a win over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Chukchansi Park late Sunday night. The Z’s and Grizzlies were in a fantastic pitcher’s duel. Rob… Continue reading →

Friday: Dodgers 6, Zephyrs 4

Shortstop Ronny Torreyes’ one-out single in the 10th inning scored O’Koyea Dickson, and Andy Wilkins singled in Torreys one out later, giving Oklahoma City a sweep of the four-game series Friday night at Zephyr Field. The loss was the sixth in a row and eighth in nine games for New Orleans (51-69), all coming in their nine-game homestand. The… Continue reading →

Wednesday: Dodgers 5, Zephyrs 2

Oklahoma City scored two runs in the fourth inning with two outs, including the go-ahead run on a bloop single by pitcher Trevor Cahill on Wednesday at Zephyr Field. The Dodgers (70-47) took a 2-0 lead in the four-game series. The loss was the fourth in the row for New Orleans (51-67), its 12th in 14 games and its… Continue reading →

Zephyrs notebook

Marlins tab Nicolino Zephyrs left-hander Justin Nicolino (7-7, 3.52 ERA) was called up by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, a move that was expected. In a corresponding move, right-hander Blake Logan will rejoin the Zephyrs. Logan was designated for Single-A Batavia on Sunday to create a roster spot for Continue reading →

Sunday: Express 12, Zephyrs 7

Round Rock jumped on another Zephys pitcher making his Triple-A debut, roughing up Matt Tomshaw for 10 hits in 3.1 innings Sunday at Zephyr Field in the series finale. “We know (Tomshaw) is capable of batter than that,” said manager Andy Haines, his team falling to 51-65. “And that (Express)… Continue reading →

Saturday: Express 6, Zephyrs 2

Ivan Pineyro’s first start in Triple-AAA didn’t exactly go as planned. The right-hander was chased off the mound after 3.2 innings in his Zephyrs debut, leading to the Round Rock Express cruising to a victory Saturday night. “Ivan’s a young guy, and he had some growing pains tonight, but he has… Continue reading →

Friday: Zephyrs notebook

Visit from papa Tiger LSU coach Paul Mainieri was at Zephyr Field on Friday night. “I’d been telling Austin (Nola) I couldn’t wait to get out here and see him,” Mainieri said, “but after our season ended, I was only home for three days, then I went to help with… Continue reading →

Thursday: Express 6, Zephyrs 1

Third baseman Joey Gallo hit three home runs and center fielder Leonys Martin two, as Round Rock took a 2-0 lead in the series Thursday night at Zephyr Field. The loss was the eighth in nine games for New Orleans (50-63), which played its seventh of 18 consecutive games against first-place teams in the Pacific Coast League. Martin set… Continue reading →

Wednesday: Express 6, Zephyrs 1

Third baseman Joey Gallo doubled in a run during a two-run fourth inning and second baseman Tyler Pastornicky led off the fifth with a home run in the series opener Wednesday at Zephyr Field. The loss was the seventh in eight games for New Orleans (50-62) after streaks of seven… Continue reading →