Zephyrs Lose Late Lead 6-4 to Split with PadresMay 11, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) New Orleans Zephyrs
With the Zephyrs nursing a 3-2 lead into the seventh, Blake Tekotte led off getting hit by a pitch by reliever Beau Jones. With two outs, Everth Cabrera doubled through the hole at second, scoring Tekotte and tying the game, 3-3. After two walks, one of which was intentional, Clark's sinking line drive deflected off the glove of a diving Chris Aguila in right field, plating three for a 6-3 lead, before Clark was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Tucson scored first with a single by Cabrera to lead off the game and an RBI single off the right-field wall from Yasmani Grandal. The Zephyrs quickly answered back in the bottom of the first inning with a lead off single from Bryan Petersen and a walk to Donovan Solano. Chris Coghlan singled, scoring Petersen, and Luke Montz hit a grounder, allowing Solano to score and give the Z's a 2-1 lead.
Mike Cervenak added another run for New Orleans in the second when he singled up the middle and scored two outs later on a single by Petersen.
The Padres drew within a run in the third when Clark scored Cabrera with a ground out.
The Zephyrs got the potential tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Dominguez led off with a single and came around to score on a wild pitch. With two on and two out, Solano struck out looking to end the game.
Cervenak led the Zephyrs with three hits, while Petersen and Dominguez had two hits apiece.
Zephyrs starter J.D. Martin (2-2) held the Padres to two runs on just three hits in six innings. Jones (1-1) took the loss for New Orleans with a blown save, giving up four runs off two hits and two walks in one inning.
Matt Palmer (3-2) recorded the win for Tucson, pitching six innings and allowing three runs. Brad Boxberger tabbed his third save, throwing one inning of relief.
New Orleans will start a four game series at Zephyr Field beginning tomorrow at 7pm against the Las Vegas 51s. Righty Alex Sanabia (3-1) will start for the Zephyrs, and right-hander Jesse Chavez (4-1) will take the mound for the 51s.
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