METAIRIE, La. — Andrew Heaney threw five strong innings Thursday night in his Triple-A baseball debut for the New Orleans Zephyrs.
The former Oklahoma State and Putnam City High standout did not factor in the decision — New Orleans trimmed the Oklahoma City RedHawks 3-2 in 10 innings — but Zephyrs manager Andy Haines had a impressive scouting report to offer the parent Miami Marlins.
The top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, who was promoted from Double-A just a few days ago, surrendered one run on seven hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out seven, before the Zephyrs bullpen took over the final five innings.
It appeared the RedHawks (26-22) would make the fourth-inning run Heaney allowed stick. But Oklahoma City committed two errors in the bottom of the ninth, leading to an unearned run that tied the game 1-1.
Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th, but the Zephyrs answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning against Rhiner Cruz. With runners on first and second and one out, Jordan Valdespin smacked a two-run double to center. Cruz was tagged with his first blown save and loss of the season, overshadowing a nice 62/3- inning performance by Oklahoma City starter Nick Tropeano. He shut out New Orleans (21-26) on three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts.
Oklahoma City and New Orleans split the four-game series at Zephyrs Park.
The RedHawks begin the final leg of a 12-game road trip at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Memphis. The teams will play four games before Oklahoma City returns to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to play defending Triple-A champion Omaha.