New Orleans 4, RedHawks 3
For the second consecutive night, the RedHawks allowed a New Orleans hitter five hits as the RedHawks dropped their third consecutive game in front of a crowd of 9,972 at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.
Joe Thurston was 5 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, a night after Vinny Rottino had five hits. Rottino was 2 for 5.
The crowd was the second-largest of the season for the RedHawks. The only larger crowd came May 17, a Tuesday morning game against Salt Lake City that drew an announced crowd of 9,976.
The Zephyrs scored one each in the third and fourth and two in the seventh before holding on in the ninth.
The RedHawks had the winning run on second in the ninth after a pair of errors by New Orleans shortstop Ozzie Martinez, but Jose Ceda got pinch-hitter Drew Locke to fly out to end the game.
“We were flat the whole way until the ninth,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “We got some confidence there in the end but we need some better at bats earlier in the game.”
Barnes starts wild double play
With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Ozzie Martinez hit a sinking liner to RedHawks center fielder Brandon Barnes.
Barnes dove for the ball and couldn't get to it, but his throw to third beat Ryan Klosterman to third, and Oswaldo Navarro's throw to second beat Bryan Petersen to second.
Neither, though, were initially called out.
But after the umpires conferred, both runners were called out, taking a run off the board for the Zephyrs and ending the inning.
“I've never seen anything like that,” RedHawks shortstop Tommy Manzella said. “I didn't see the call since I was looking to the outfield but I knew we had the guy at second, I just didn't know about third.”
Cancel exits after strikeout
Just two days after releasing catcher Max Ramirez, the RedHawks at least briefly lost a catcher to injury.
Robinson Cancel, who had a seven-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, left the game after striking out in the fourth inning with a knee injury.
“He said yesterday that it felt a little sore,” DeFrancesco said. “But it doesn't look like it's that big of a deal.”
Brian Esposito replaced Cancel behind the plate and had two of the RedHawks' five hits.
Cancel is hitting .414 (12 of 29) since returning from a stint in Houston on June 11.
Bogusevic extends hitting streak
After returning from Houston in late May, Brian Bogusevic went ice cold at the plate.
In his first 12 games since being optioned May 27, Bogusevic was just 9 for 49 (.183).
Since, though, Bogusevic has gone 15 for 40 (.375) after his 2 for 3 performance Saturday.
Bogusevic extended hit hitting streak to eight games with a first-inning single and then led off the seventh with a double.
Former Oklahoma State infielder Zach Johnson, who was drafted in the 15th round by the Astros earlier this month, will start the season at Class A short-season Tri-City in the New York-Penn League. ... RedHawks reliever David Carpenter threw a scoreless ninth, working around two singles, to run his streak of appearances without allowing a run to 15 to start his Triple-A career. ... The RedHawks didn't have a runner reach second until Bogusevic's double in the seventh. ... The Zephyrs stole three bases, two by Thurston.
New Orleans (RH Todd Doolittle, 2-1, 3.00) at RedHawks (RH Nelson Figueroa, 4-2, 4.93), 4:05 Sunday