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