The AAA Zephyrs were rained out on Tuesday night. On Monday, they couldn't generate much offensive fireworks despite a lineup that had its first six hitters all batting .285 or better. Two Nashville pitchers, starter Justin Lehr and reliever and winner Jose Capellan, limited New Orleans one run on a sixth-inning solo home run by Craig Kuzmic.
Kuzmic's homer tied the game at one. The Sounds scored the winning run in the top of the ninth with two doubles off of reliever and loser C. J. Nitkowski.
As of now, Tuesday's rainout is scheduled to be made up as a part of a Wednesday doubleheader. However, the remnants of tropical storm Cindy that are still peppering New Orleans with rain as of Wednesday morning likely will have Pacific Cost League officials scrambling to schedule more makeup dates.
Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs on Tuesday, but the AA Senators fell to Bowie 5-4. A throwing error by losing pitcher Jason Norderum led to the Baysox' winning run in the seventh.
Zimmerman's RBI's came without the benefit of a hit and he saw his batting average drop to .216.
A Potomac held a 6-4 lead going into the top of the ninth on Wednesday, but the P-Nats gave up a five spot in the top of the ninth and fell to Myrtle Beach 9-7. The Nationals had taken the lead in the home half of the sixth by putting up a crooked number with some small ball, parlaying five singles and a walk into four runs and a 5-4 lead. Driving in the runs were Josh Whitsell, Chad Chop (2) and Doc Brooks. Three more one-baggers created what appeared to be an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, but Mayque Quintero was charged with three runs and didn't retire any of the three batters he faced in the ninth and got hit with both a blown save and a loss.
A Savannah also blew a late lead on Tuesday. The Sand Gnats broke a scoreless deadlock vs. Kannaoplis in the top of the eighth by scoring three runs on Rogearvin Bernadina's bases loaded triple. However, Benjamin Cox gave the runs right back with a shaky eighth inning, giving up a two-run homer and allowing a double and a single to tie the game. The Intimidators pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth in less than intimidating fashion off of reliever Thomas Wilson, scoring on a hit batter, a balk, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.
As did their two other Single-A brethren in the Nats organization, Vermont allowed a late big inning to their opposition and lost. The Oneonta Tigers scored five times in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 7-4 Expos lead. Left fielder Dee Brown drove in one run and scored another as Vermont lost 9-7. Brown is batting 3.70 with an OPS of 1.16 in 12 games with the Expos.
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