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.

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