Marcell Ozuna delivered big as a pinch hitter. His RBI single in the bottom of the seventh brought in the go-ahead run then ended the club's record ten game home losing streak.
At the start of the night’s contest, the Zephyrs (43-55) had yet to post a victory since the league All Star break. All in all, it has been a frustrating season at all levels of the Miami marlins organization as every affiliate team is in the basement for their respective divisions. The Zephyrs were looking to take one game from the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals affiliate) and prevent the sweep of the four game series.
The Zephyrs garnered 10 walks and overcame Redbirds leads.
Adam Conley (8-3, 2.58) took the mound for the Zephyrs. Conley, a promising arm, is certainly a possibility for a position in the Marlins rotation should there be any significant roster moves before the fast approaching July 31 deadline. Opposite Conley was John Gast (5-7, 4.86), throwing for the Memphis Redbirds.
The Zephyrs jumped out to an early lead when a pair of early walks by Gast led to an Isaac Galloway single that scored Austin Wates.
The Redbirds bounced back quickly in the top of the second. Jacob Wilson doubled for the Redbirds, Dean Anna brought him in with a single off Conley to bring the score to 1-1. Nick Martini tripled on a hard liner that was completely misplayed by Isaac Galloway in center, scoring Anna and giving the Redbirds a 2-1 edge.
For Conley it was a no decision. He pitched six innings walking none, giving up four runs on eight hits and striking out seven. Conley’s strong performance and laser-like focus on getting back to Miami may become a reality depending on who, if anyone, gets shed from the starting rotation before the trade deadline.
In the bottom of the seventh with the score deadlocked 4-4, Ozuna came up big with the hit that brought the go ahead run in to score. Ozuna may also be a Marlins player that could be dealt before the trade deadline - it seems a remote chance - but nevertheless a possibility.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Zephyrs second baseman hit his second homerun, a two run bomb, off Keith Butler to give the team a 7-4 advantage. The Zephyrs won 8-4. The win went Greg Nappo - his first of the year for the Zephyrs for his one inning of great work after Conley’s exit. Nick Wittgren earned his 12th save of the year in an extended two inning appearance.