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Zephyrs Win 7-3, Take Series From Vegas05/28/2009 11:56 PM ET
May 28 - Zephyrs 7, Las Vegas 3
John Koronka allowed three runs in seven innings and earned his third win of the season as the New Orleans Zephyrs beat the Las Vegas 51s 7-3 at Cashman Field.
The Z's took three of four games from Las Vegas and won their first series in nearly a month.
Koronka retired a stretch of 12 consecutive hitters from the third inning into the seventh.
Alejandro DeAza had four hits and an RBI and Andy Gonzalez added three hits and three RBI for New Orleans. The Z's took the lead in the fourth inning with a two-run home run by Gonzalez. The Zephyrs added a run in the fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth. New Orleans led the contest 7-3 through seven innings.
Brett Sinkbeil entered the game in the eighth and immediately made the game interesting. He allowed two hits and a walk to load the bases. Lavale Speigner entered the game with the bases loaded and Jason Lane drilled a towering fly ball to deep centerfield that Cameron Maybin tracked down with an extraordinary catch to end the threat. Speigner then retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up the save.
Game Notes: Pitcher Dave Davidson was a waiver claim of the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. He will join the O's Triple-A team in Norfolk ... Z's starters have pitched three consecutive quality starts, giving the staff seven for the season ... The Z's finished the Nevada road trip 4-4. Coming Up: The Zephyrs will open a nine game homestand on Friday at Zephyr Field. The Z's will meet the Round Rock Express in game one of a four game set. RH Daniel Barone (2-5, 6.13) will get the start for the Zephyrs against the LH Josh Muecke (1-4, 8.31) Promotion: Military Night. Radio: WIST 690 AM
May 27 - Las Vegas 3, Zephyrs 1
Randy Ruiz dropped a bloop single just out of reach of Zephyrs second baseman Manny Mayorson in the eighth inning to plate a pair of runs for the Las Vegas 51s in a 3-1 victory over New Orleans at Cashman Field.
Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco made his Zephyrs debut and hurled the Z's first complete game of the season in the loss, tossing innings and allowing three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.
The 51s scored a run off the Marlins' Opening Day starter in the fourth with a Buck Coats double followed by a Travis Snider RBI single. New Orleans answered with a John Raynor RBI single in the seventh inning.
The game was tied in the eighth and with two outs and the bases loaded Ruiz dropped the single out of reach of Mayorson.
Las Vegas starter Brian Burres pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run and striking out nine. Jonah Bayliss pitched one inning in relief and earned the win. Jeremy Accardo allowed two ninth inning hits but got the save.
Game Notes: Outfielder Brett Carroll was promoted to Florida before the game and Dave Matranga rejoins the club from Extended Spring Training ... The Z's will attempt to win their first series since May 3rd tonight ... New Orleans is 3-4 on the trip.
Coming Up: The Zephyrs will wrap up the eight game road trip and the finale of a four game set against Las Vegas on Thursday. The game starts at 9:05. The Z's will start John Koronka (2-1, 2.73) against LH Brad Mills (0-5, 3.63). Radio: WIST 690 AM
May 26 - Zephyrs 10, Las Vegas 2
Willie Collazo dealt for seven innings, allowing one run and the New Orleans Zephyrs won their second consecutive game in Las Vegas, a 10-2 win over the 51s.
Michael Ryan went 5-for-5 with two RBI to pace the Z's offense. Ryan became the first Zephyr this season with a five-hit game, as the Zephyrs out-hit the 51's 15-8 overall.
Andy Gonzalez had three RBI and Brad Davis drove home a pair in the game. New Orleans took the lead in the first with consecutive two-out doubles by Cameron Maybin and Ryan. The Z's added a pair in the fourth and three more in the sixth and seventh innings.
Willie Collazo made 96 pitches and limited the 51s to one run on five hits in his fourth win of the season. Fabio Castro took the loss for the Las Vegas.
Game Notes: The Z's Michael Ryan improved his batting average to .347 with the five hits ... New Orleans is now 7-3 in games against American League affiliates ... New Orleans also is 2-0 when sitting in the third base dugout ... The Z's are 3-3 on the 8 game road trip.
Coming Up: The Zephyrs will continue a four game set against the Las Vegas 51's on Wednesday night. The game starts at 9:05. The Z's will start RH Ricky Nolasco (AAA debut)against LH Brian Burres (1-4, 6.35). Radio: WIST 690 AM
May 25 - Zephyrs 8, Las Vegas 5
LISTEN to De Aza's 3-run double.
Alejandro De Aza broke an eighth inning tie with a three-run double to give the New Orleans Zephyrs an 8-5 win over the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field on Monday.
The win snapped the Zephyrs' three-game losing skid.
New Orleans took advantage of a Howie Clark error in the third inning to score four runs. John Raynor led the Z's with three hits and scored a pair of runs in his return to the lineup after missing three games due to injury.
Clay Hensley pitched well in his Zephyr debut, working five innings and allowing four runs. Las Vegas rallied to tie the game in the seventh inning with a Randy Ruiz single.
The Z's loaded the bases in the eighth and De Aza delivered the go-ahead hit. Chris Mobley earned the win in relief and Nate Field finished off Vegas with his second save.
Game Notes: The Z's won their first game of the season on Monday, improving to 1-5 on that day of the week ... The Z's are batting .321 with an average of 7.3 runs per game in games they use the designated hitter as opposed to .255 and 4.0 runs per game in National League games ... New Orleans added starting pitchers Clay Hensley and Ricky Nolasco to the roster. Mike Wood was released and reliever Brett Harker was assigned to Class A Jupiter.
Coming Up: The Zephyrs will continue a four game set against the Las Vegas 51's on Tuesday night. The game starts at 9:05. The Z's will start LH Willie Collazo (3-2, 5.12)against LH Fabio Castro (2-0, 1.42). Radio: WIST 690 AM
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