Nola returns to Omaha with Zephyrs

Austin Nola warms up with Marlins teammates prior to an exhibition game at Zephyr Field on March 30, 2013. Photo by: Parker Waters

Austin Nola warms up with Marlins teammates prior to an exhibition game at Zephyr Field on March 30, 2013. Photo by: Parker Waters

The last time New Orleans Zephyrs shortstop Austin Nola took the field in Omaha, Nebraska, he was suiting up for the LSU Tigers in the College World Series.

This week, Nola returns to the city of his most successful triumph, having earned a promotion to Triple-A for the first time as the Z’s open a four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers.

“I haven’t been back in Omaha since we won in 2009 so it’ll be a lot of fun,” Nola said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to run by the old Rosenblatt site where we had so many memories.”

It was in the 2009 College World Series where Nola, then a freshman for the Tigers, had his coming-out party, helping LSU win its sixth championship in the penultimate season at historic Rosenblatt Stadium. His defense at shortstop was perfect – no errors in 24 chances in Omaha – and his bat started to come around .250 (5-for-20 with a double, home run and four runs scored) ahead of three more seasons in the middle of the diamond for LSU.

Following a four-year run at LSU, Nola was chosen by Miami in the fifth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and he worked his way to Double-A Jacksonville in 2014, where he was a member of the Southern League championship team that was headlined by a host of current Zephyrs.

But it was not an easy road for Nola once he got to Jacksonville, and even after tasting success for the Suns last season, he returned to Double-A this year and was tasked with playing some second base, a new position for him.

“I needed to learn how to play more second base and get used to playing all around the diamond, being a utility player. That was big for me to get some good reps at second base at Double-A,” Nola said. “I was just trying to refine my approach, that’s it. I want to be consistent and I’ve been able to hit in all counts and play good defense at some different positions, which is a big thing for me.”

Though he hit only .211 in 69 games for Jacksonville this year, Nola was called up to New Orleans last weekend when starting shortstop Miguel Rojas earned himself a promotion to Miami.

“It’s a change of scenery and I’m moving on up. That’s always what you want to do when you get into this line of business: move up the ladder,” he said.

Nola played 27 games at second base, making three errors in 101 chances, but knows he needs to show versatility to continue “climbing the ladder.”

“Reid [Brignac] and I talked about that in spring training,” Nola said. “We talked a little about he and I being Louisiana guys and he just told me to play everything like shortstop. A lot of people I have talked to about it say that if you play shortstop a lot, you’ll be able to adjust to any other position on the field.”

For now, Nola will have to adjust to playing close to home for the first time since graduating from LSU in 2012. But he knows that when he and the Zephyrs return home starting July 4, he’ll have plenty of ticket requests to deal with.

“I’ve got a lot of great family and friends that are all looking forward to getting to see me when we get home and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “I have a lot of family and friends and you can’t beat that.”

Zephyrs take finale in extras against Iowa

uan Diaz hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the top of the 12th inning to send the New Orleans Zephyrs to a 2-1 victory a salvage a split from the Iowa Cubs on Monday afternoon.

Pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin led off the 12th with a single and advanced to third when a sacrifice bunt by Jhonatan Solano was thrown up the first base line by catcher Kyle Schwarber. After an Austin Wates strikeout, Diaz hit a 1-1 pitch to right field to score Valdespin.

Nick Wittgren worked a perfect bottom of the 12th for his ninth save, just one day after allowing two runs on three hits to the Cubs, giving the Zephyrs their fourth win in nine tries in extra innings.

Grant Dayton (2-1) tossed a season-high three innings in relief to get the win for New Orleans, yielding one hit and one walk. It was his longest outing since August 10, 2013 for Double-A Jacksonville.

Vinny Rottino continued his torrid month of June with his seventh home run of the season, leading off the second inning. Rottino is now batting .413 in June to lead the Pacific Coast League, and his seven homers move him into a tie with Derek Dietrich for the team lead.

Adam Conley turned in another solid start for the Zephyrs, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings, but did not factor into the decision. The southpaw struck out seven and walked four. He lowered his ERA to 2.52, the fourth-lowest mark in the league.

Lay Batista hurled two scoreless innings of relief for New Orleans, which split the four-game set in Iowa and eight meetings this season at Principal Park.

Blake Cooper (5-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing the unearned run in the 12th, his third inning of relief for Iowa.

Cubs pitchers combined to limit the Zephyrs to three hits through the first 10 innings.

The Zephyrs continue their road trip on Tuesday night in Omaha against the Storm Chasers. The two teams will resume the suspended game from June 14 at Zephyr Field before playing a seven-inning contest afterward. The suspended game will resume at 4:35 p.m. from Werner Park.

Conley’s debut highlights “awesome week”

Adam Conley has ranked among the PCL leaders in wins and ERA en route to making his big league debut. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

Adam Conley has ranked among the PCL leaders in wins and ERA en route to making his big league debut. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

Pitching just an hour from his hometown, Adam Conley had more support than usual in the stands on June 5.

The 25-year-old left-hander was making his first professional start in his home state of Washington, with more than 30 friends and family in the stands as the Zephyrs took on the Tacoma Rainiers. Conley, who resides nearby in Olympia, Washington, gave his supporters plenty to cheer for.

Conley delivered his best start of the year, throwing 7 1/3 innings, scattering six hits and three runs, while striking out eight as the Z’s won 6-4. He threw 72 of his 107 pitches for strikes and turned in his longest start of the year.

“There was more adrenaline in that start than others. I just felt like the atmosphere there was a little more electric for me, knowing who was there and everything and just from the baseball side of it, it’s a great atmosphere there in Tacoma,” Conley said. “But on top of it, knowing there were so many friends and family there watching me put it over the edge.”

But the great feeling that Conley had following his best start of the season was only multiplied three days later when the Marlins called him up for his Major League debut.

“It was an awesome week for me, that’s for sure. It’s one I won’t forget,” Conley said. “When you go through professional baseball you wonder what that day is going to be like, and over the past few years, I was anticipating it more and was more anxious about that day coming. As I’ve gotten older, I understand better that when I was going to go up there, I needed to be ready and give myself the best chance to stay.”

Conley did his part, setting down the side in order on only six pitches on June 10 at Toronto. Although he was returned to New Orleans on June 12, Conley was able to take in the full experience of being in the bigs and pitching on a new mound, in a new stadium in front of all kinds of new fans.

“What I like to do, and I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, is when I get to a new stadium that I’ve never been to, I take a good look around then so when I go out there to pitch, it’s not going to be the first time I’ve been out there,” he said. “I had not only the early stretching and throwing program before the game, but I sat through two games from start to finish and it was actually the last defensive inning for us in the whole series, so I had a lot of time to take it in and be with the guys and learn the ropes.”

In two starts upon returning to Triple-A, Conley has earned a pair of victories, including Wednesday’s win over Round Rock when he limited the Express to one hit in six scoreless innings.

The win was Conley’s seventh of the year to move him into a tie for the Pacific Coast League lead, and he lowered his ERA to 2.61, putting him in consideration for the third All-Star nod of his career in his third different level of the Marlins organization.

But Conley said he’s just pitching more consistently to get more outs this season, after struggling in his first taste of Triple-A in 2014.

“I don’t think the things I am doing well right now are any better than they have been in the past when I do things well,” he said. “But I think it’s just limiting those mistakes and being more consistent. When I go out there I don’t do anything special. I just try and move my fastball to both sides of the plate and I try and get ahead and stay ahead.”

“When I can throw three pitches for a strike, on both sides of the plate, I like my chances. I think hitting is the hardest thing to do in sports and I try and keep that in mind when I’m on the mound.”

Dietrich’s game rounding into form

Derek Dietrich has hit .424 over his last nine games with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

Derek Dietrich has hit .424 over his last nine games with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

After getting off to a hot start in the season’s first three weeks, Derek Dietrich cooled off significantly and saw his average dip into the low .200’s. For a player with 106 games and 373 at-bats under his belt in the major leagues, Dietrich knew that he needed to just stay the course and his bat would come back to him.

He closed May with a bang, racking up five extra-base hits and seven RBI over the final week of the month, getting his average back near his career minor league mark of .280.

“I think I’m usually a pretty good starter into the season and I got off to a good start here, but I just had to battle there for a few weeks,” Dietrich said. “I never panicked once and I trusted my ability to hit and I’ve just been a little bit more aggressive and really looking to drive the ball and use the opposite field.”

From May 23-27, Dietrich went on a tear, picking up three straight two-hit games, with five of those hits being doubles. He sprayed the ball to left field helped lengthen a lineup that dipped as the month went on. But when the club went on its first West Coast trip of the season, Dietrich’s bat exploded even more, culminating with a 3-for-4 night in Reno, in which he homered and drove in five runs as part of a 14-3 Zephyrs victory.

“Some days you get 10, 12, 15 hits and the runs come easy and other nights you get two or three and win or lose by one,” he said. “Those are tough games, but the defense has been huge for us and our pitching as well, but I don’t think anyone is worried about our lineup. We’ve shuffled around, but when we get the guys in there, everyone trusts we’re going to get it done at the plate.”

New Orleans finished the month of May with the Pacific Coast League’s best ERA at 2.73 and has committed a PCL-low 27 errors on the season, with Dietrich at the center of the defensive renaissance.

He has been involved in the most double plays at second base and leads all PCL second basemen with a .994 fielding percentage (one error in 160 chances), despite playing seven games at third base and one in left field. Dietrich said that shifting around with his glove isn’t too much of an adjustment.

“Third base comes naturally to me, just being an infielder in general, but I also played third a little bit for the USA team in college and in summer baseball, so I played a little bit on that side of the diamond and it’s always been a spot that I feel comfortable at,” he said.

But he knows that showing flexibility and playing multiple positions is a good way to get his resurgent bat into the lineup and show the Marlins that he is more than a one-trick pony in an effort to get back to the big leagues.

After hitting his team-high sixth home run in Tuesday’s loss at Tacoma, Dietrich is batting .276 and has moved into a tie for the club lead with 24 RBI. He has 10 doubles to equal his season total from all of last year.

“I’m just playing anywhere I can to get my bat in the lineup and give our club here and the Marlins an opportunity to use my bat,” he said.

NOLA burned by late Romak double in Reno

Jamie Romak doubled home the go-ahead runs off of Greg Nappo in the seventh inning to push Reno past New Orleans 4-3 on Sunday at Aces Ballpark. Romak finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Aces, and came up with the back-breaking double for the third hit in the inning off of Nappo.

Nick Buss singled and Peter O’Brien doubled with one out off of Nappo before the left-hander got Nick Evans to strike out swinging. But three pitches later, Romak clubbed a two-bagger past Austin Wates in left field to put the hosts ahead for good.

New Orleans rallied in the ninth, getting a run when Cole Gillespie walked with the bases loaded, but Vinny Rottino struck out swinging one batter later to end it.

Adam Conley turned in another solid start for the Zephyrs, allowing only one earned run over five innings, scattering five hits. The southpaw threw 54 of 92 pitches for strikes, but did walk four Aces’ batters. Fabian Williamson worked around a single for a scoreless sixth, before Nappo entered and allowed three hits and two runs in two innings out of the New Orleans bullpen.

Gillespie plated Miguel Rojas with a third-inning single and Conley executed a sacrifice bunt to plate Isaac Galloway one frame later for the other Zephyrs runs.

Galloway went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Wates was 2-for-3 with a run for New Orleans, which failed to make up ground on first-place Round Rock which lost for a third straight day on Sunday.

The two clubs will wrap up the series with an 9:05 p.m. CT start on Monday, with right-hander Robert Morey scheduled to oppose Allen Webster.

Winning formula a simple one for Zephyrs

Highlight reel plays have become commonplace for Zephyrs shortstop Miguel Rojas. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

Highlight reel plays have become commonplace for Zephyrs shortstop Miguel Rojas. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

Two months into the 2015 season, the New Orleans Zephyrs have established an identity that’s led to victories. It may sound simple, but for the Zephyrs to be successful, it comes down to two things: pitching and defense.

Going into the finale of an eight-game homestand on Thursday, New Orleans led the Pacific Coast League in team ERA in the month of May and paced all of the minor leagues with only 20 errors committed in 44 games.

The Z’s are 15-11 in May after going 8-11 in April, and the club’s ERA has sunk from 3.40 in the season’s first month to 2.68 since the calendar turned.

“I really can’t pinpoint anything our guys are doing differently right now,” Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. “I have been impressed with our pitching from day 1. There are ebbs and flows to the season and I think that’s just natural. There are different parks we go to on the road that are much more difficult to pitch in than ours, but you just can’t ignore how well we’ve thrown the ball on the mound. It gives us a chance to win.”

The Marlins have called up five different pitchers that appeared in game for the Zephyrs so far this year, forcing Haines to readjust his bullpen alignment. But one of the shining stars of the first two months has been 23-year-old Nick Wittgren, who has saves in back-to-back games and has four saves in as many chances in his first taste at Triple-A.

“I’ve had him in the past in Jupiter and he’s been a lockdown closer. He has really responded to the challenge at Triple-A,” Haines said. “It’s huge for the entire club when they have confidence when they get the lead that you can lock it down. There’s nothing more deflating than to not pitch well late in the game when you’ve played well for three hours and your bullpen is in a tough stretch or you don’t have a strong pen.”

Over the last 17 games, Zephyrs relievers have only allowed 13 runs in 56 2/3 innings, a sparkling 2.06 ERA, and Wittgren has allowed just one run over his past 10 appearances.

But a stingy defensive unit led by shortstop Miguel Rojas has nearly overshadowed the great pitching. The 25-year-old pivot man has made a host of sparkling defensive plays up the middle so far this year, catching the eye of Haines from the dugout on a nightly basis.

“You can’t say enough about Rojas in the middle of the field, the way he takes pride in his defense. I would pay to watch him play. That’s the biggest compliment I can give him; the way he goes about it is exciting to watch,” Haines said.

Rojas and second baseman Derek Dietrich have developed into a very solid double-play combination up the middle for the Z’s, with Rojas pointing to a strong relationship between the two for a little insight into the on-field success.

“It’s a good experience to work with a guy you can help out. We can help each other with different things. We’ve been doing a lot together; I help him with defense and he helps me with hitting. That relationship has been great, especially for him,” Rojas said.

Dietrich leads all PCL second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage (one error in 147 chances) and has been involved in the most double plays 28. He and Rojas, along with center fielder Isaac Galloway have provided stability up the middle of the diamond, giving the Z’s pitchers a level of confidence that they’re going to catch the ball if it’s hit to them.

“We’re competitive offensively, but when you have the team we have pitching-wise and the way we can play defense it’s an exciting team to manage,” Haines said. “You see a lot of great plays. You see in big spots if we can make a good pitch, there’s confidence the play is going to be made. Our guys take pride in their defense and you can see the energy they play with on the defensive side of the ball.”

Rojas knows that for the Z’s to continue to win games and put pressure on Round Rock – a team New Orleans has not played yet – as the season pushes towards the midway point, they need to continue playing solid defense, starting with he, Dietrich and Galloway up the middle.

“We need to be able to catch the ball and pitch because we aren’t the kind of team that’s going to hit the ball out of the ballpark,” he said. “We’re going to score a couple of runs, but we need to pitch and play defense. That’s why we have been successful here.”

Red-hot Gillespie powering Z’s attack

Cole Gillespie ranks among the Pacific Coast League's leading hitters in May. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

Cole Gillespie ranks among the Pacific Coast League’s leading hitters in May. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

In 2014, Cole Gillespie reached the big leagues with both Seattle and Toronto, but managed just 74 at-bats between the two stops and spent time on the disabled list for nearly a month. In all, he suited up for six different teams in two different organizations, with a pair of rehab stops in Florida.

But this year, Gillespie has found his groove while comfortably being slotted into manager Andy Haines’ lineup nearly every day and the Zephyrs are reaping the benefits of a healthy and productive player.

In 17 games since May 1, Gillespie has the eighth-highest batting average in the Pacific Coast League at .379 and his 13-game hitting streak from May 2-16 was the sixth-longest streak in the league this season.

Since the calendar turned to May, Gillespie’s average has risen from .270 to .326, coinciding with a recent run of success for New Orleans, whose 11 wins in the month has already eclipsed its total in April.

In the midst of his hitting streak, Gillespie went 9-for-17 in a four-game series in Memphis, including a 4-for-6 game in which he scored three runs.

“I think every hitter will contest that there will be parts of the season where things are starting to roll a little bit and I think it started for me in Memphis,” Gillespie said. “The first game in town over there, it was a hit-parade for the whole team and I was able to get four that night. And that series parlayed into some good at-bats and some hits and things were just falling in place and finding some holes and that’s how baseball works.”

The team returned home and Gillespie remained red-hot, collecting five hits in three games against Oklahoma City before the streak ended with an 0-for-4 night in the second game of the series in Nashville last weekend.

A professional hitter with 243 big league at-bats on his resume, Gillespie said he didn’t put a ton of thought into his streak, instead just trying to “put a good swing on the ball and let the rest take care of itself.” Over the length of his streak, Gillespie struck out only six times and scored nine runs.

“It’s a long season, there’s going to be some ups and downs and you just don’t want to bury yourself when things aren’t going well or you’re not quite feeling well at the plate. You just have to find a way to grind out some at-bats and get some hits,” he said. “I’ve been able to do that for the most part this season.”

Despite the success throughout the season’s first seven weeks, Gillespie is not completely satisfied with what he’s done.

“I wish on a personal level I was driving the ball a little more and hitting for some more power, which I’m capable of, but that park at home might be giving my head a little fits. All I’ve known as a hitter is a friendly yard, but you can’t let that affect you,” he said.

Gillespie leads the Zephyrs with 11 doubles but is yet to hit a home run and has only eight RBI in 129 at-bats. Nevertheless, he ranks in the top-5 in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS and his 53 total bases rank third on the club.

Veteran Rottino giving Zephyrs a boost

After spending time in Japan and Korea, Vinny Rottino has gotten off to a hot start in his return to the Zephyrs. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

After spending time in Japan and Korea, Vinny Rottino has gotten off to a hot start in his return to the Zephyrs. Photo by: Parker Waters / New Orleans Zephyrs

Vinny Rottino is from the old adage that age is just a number. And the 35-year-old is playing like he’s a spring chicken this year for the Zephyrs.

Coming into Tuesday’s series finale against Nashville, Rottino is tied for the team-lead with a .336 batting average and that mark ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League. He has a team-best 22 RBI and also leads the club with 20 runs scored, as the Z’s have climbed to second place in the division behind Round Rock.

Rottino credits his offensive surge to four years ago, when he played for the Zephyrs for the first time. In 2011, playing for manager Greg Norton and hitting coach Damon Minor, both former major leaguers, Rottino said he picked up a couple adjustments that he continues to use today.

“Using some of those adjustments back then and going to Asia I learned how to block stuff out a little bit better, mentally,” Rottino said.

After spending time with both the New York Mets and Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A and MLB clubs in 2012, Rottino spent the last two seasons playing in Asia, first in Japan’s Pacific League in 2013 and then in the Korean Baseball Organization last year.

Over 313 at-bats in the past two seasons, Rottino hit .275, with six home runs and 30 RBI. He’s on pace to shatter those numbers this year, but knows he learned invaluable lessons playing in the foreign lands.

“They just are so demanding over there and I stay in the moment a little bit better now. It was a good experience to be over there and if I go to the big leagues, that’s going to have to happen again. You have to perform and to learn how to and know how to forget past at-bats, which is invaluable,” he said.

Rottino has at least one hit in every away game this year and has three hits in 14 at-bats in the current series against Nashville, which began this past Saturday with a marathon 18-inning game.

“I was talking to the first base coaches on Saturday, just trying to stay awake at that point, and I was telling them about that 24-inning game,” he said. “I was saying that it was the second-worst game I’d ever played in. The worst was the 24-inning one. It wouldn’t end. We had to finish the game the next day.”

That 24-inning game Rottino speaks of was played out over two days in May of 2006 at the now-closed Greer Stadium in Nashville. Nine years ago, Rottino was a Brewers farmhand and a member of the Sounds, giving him the distinction of being the only player to suit up for both marathon games between the two clubs.

“It was crazy, but it was cool that I was part of both games,” Rottino said.

The oldest player on the Zephyrs roster and just three years younger than manager Andy Haines, Rottino said this is the first year he’s feeling some of the aches and pains that players feel late in their careers. But with a little more precautionary work before and in between games, Rottino had learned to balance it out and keep the pain away as he’s continuing to crush PCL pitching.

“I still feel great at 35. I don’t feel it, I still feel like I can play in the big leagues,” he said. “My body has felt great every year and it still feels good, I just have to do a little bit more to stay healthy and keep those pains out of the body.”

Z’s topple four-run deficit to beat Dodgers

The Zephyrs got three hits and three RBI from Reid Brignac and benefited from a wild Oklahoma City bullpen to rally with seven runs in the final two innings to earn a 10-4 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Brignac, making his first appearance for New Orleans since the first weekend of the season, went 3-for-4 and plated the go-ahead runs in a four-run seventh inning with a bloop single over third base. He singled in the first and the fourth, matching his hit total for the entire season. He had two hits in 10 at-bats over the season’s first three games with the Zephyrs before being called up to Miami on April 13. With the Marlins, Brignac managed just one hit in 13 at-bats over 17 games.

Brandon Bantz also had three hits for the Zephyrs and scored a pair of runs, as the Z’s pounded out 10 hits.

After Zach Lee yielded three Zephyrs’ runs over the first six innings, he handed the ball to the Dodgers bullpen, which proceeded to walk seven over the final two innings with a pair of wild pitches thrown in.

Ramon Trancoso only managed to get one out in the seventh, allowing three runs on just one hit, and Josh Ravin threw two wild pitches to bring home Z’s runs. David Aardsma only got two outs in the eighth inning, allowing two runs on three hits, with three walks.

The Zephyrs’ four-run seventh allowed Jose Urena to win his third game of the season. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (two earned), while walking two and striking out two. Urena yielded a solo home run to O’Koyea Dickson in a four-run second inning for the Dodgers, who got two runs in the frame from a Scott Sizemore fielding error and a wild pitch from Urena.

Fabian Williamson and Vin Mazzaro each tossed perfect innings out of the New Orleans bullpen to close it out.

Left-hander Adam Conley will oppose Randy Fontanez in Thursday’s contest as the Zephyrs look to win the series.

Z’s batters explode for series-opening win

Vinny Rottino slugged a two-run home run in the first inning to get the ball rolling and the Zephyrs crushed Memphis 13-1 Friday night to start a four-game weekend series with a bang. Rottino’s first of two hits on the night kick-started a Z’s offensive attack that recorded 19 hits, tying a season-high, and set a new season-best with the 13 runs, four more than the previous high.

Rottino picked up his team-best eighth multi-hit game and pushed his batting average to .349. He jumped on a Kyle Hald offering with two outs in the first, upping the Z’s record to 11-4 when they score first.

Catcher Brandon Bantz went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a two-run home run in the second inning, becoming the second Zephyr to knock in four runs in a game this season. His home run was the just the 12th of his professional career and first since 2013.

Cole Gillespie went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI and every Zephyrs starter recorded at least one hit, including starting pitcher Jose Urena, who recorded his first hit of the year and fifth of his career.

Urena also dazzled on the mound, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing just seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. He lowered his ERA to 0.77 and threw 63 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

The top five in the Zephyrs batting order went a combined 13-for-27 with nine runs scored and eight RBI, and Miguel Rojas extended his hitting streak in away games to 10 with a 2-for-6 night.

New Orleans turned three more double plays, upping its season total to a Pacific Coast League-best 38 and for the 12th time in the last 13 games, the Zephyrs did not commit an error.

The series continues on Saturday night when lefty Adam Conley opposes southpaw Marco Gonzales.

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