Express Pound Zephyrs

Myworld is here in New Orleans for the national volleyball championships so posts will be a bit sporadic. Yesterday was the only day the New Orleans Zephyrs were in town and myworld went out to the park. There were not any big time prospects to watch but Mike Morse for the Zephyrs and Josh Hamilton for the Round Rock Express were there for rehab. Nefteli Feliz also pitched a couple innings.

Round Rock got a leadoff homerun over the left field fence from Ryan Strausborger to lead off the game on their way to a 5-1 win. Strausborger also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning that was followed by a Josh Hamilton opposite field slow roller to third that scored Tyler Pastornicky for the second run. Tyler had led off the inning with a blast over the head of the right fielder.

Tyler started the fifth inning with a single and Strausborger moved him to second with a single. In his last rehab at bat Josh picked up his second RBI with a bloop single over the head of the second baseman, Tyler scoring his second run of the game.

Jerad Eickoff went six innings with pedestrian stuff. The only run he gave up was a Kila Ka’aihue solo shot in the fourth that went into the Gator’s den in right field. He threw his fastball 88-90 with passable breaking stuff. The Zephyrs had an opportunity to get to him in the first inning when they got their first two hitters on. Cole Gillespie lined hard to the first baseman and Reid Brignac strayed too far from the bag and was doubled off. They also had runners on first and third with one out and Reid hit nothing but air on a two strike pitch. Cole Gillespie flied to left to end the inning.

Jared Hoying tattered one over the Gator’s den in right field for a two run homerun to make it 5-1. The two run blast was hit off Aussie Travis Blackley. Travis leaves that fastball at 88-89 and lacks a real effective breaking pitch. He did go three innings striking out four, relying a lot on location. He is not the mid-90s thrower he once was but he is lefthanded.

Neftali Feliz also no longer throws in the mid-90s. He pitched just over one inning, hitting 88-92 with his fastball. He retired four of the five hitters he faced, striking out one. Miguel Rojas was hit by a pitch in the seventh.

Game Notes: Zephyrs field is located in Metaire, a parrish outside of New Orleans. There is nothing atypical about the stadium. They play baseball but there is no skyline and anything unusual about the field. It does have two levels. You go there to watch baseball. Parking is $5. Mike Morse was very accommodating to the Little Leaguers that were there to run out to the field with the players. The kids all flocked to Mike when he finished his warmups in right field just before game time…There is a fenced in berm where fans can sit on the grass and kids can wait for a homerun out in the right field area. There is also supposed to be a swimming pool, but myworld could not tell if it was active…Tommy Field showed a nice glove at second base, a reason the Rangers probably gave him an opportunity in the majors. He doesn’t show anything special with the bat…Juan Diaz made some nice defensive plays at third base for the Zephyrs…Ticket prices for the lower level seats were quite reasonable, $11-12, so a cheap entertainment option if you don’t want to lose all your money in New Orleans at the casinos.

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