Baby Cakes’ battery powers 9-0 shutout of Isotopes
METAIRIE – William Cuevas tossed six innings of one-hit ball, and the New Orleans Baby Cakes scored seven times in the eighth inning to pull away from the Albuquerque Isotopes, 9-0.
New Orleans has won four games in a row to equal a season high, and has won 13 of their last 17 at home. The shutout was the Baby Cakes’ 11th of the season, second-most in the Pacific Coast League.
Cuevas struck out the side in order in the second inning and went on to record eight punchouts until he was removed when the game went into a rain delay. Cuevas (2-4) won for the first time since June 25 and faced the minimum in his six innings, as the only baserunner to reach – Tom Murphy’s leadoff single in the third inning – was erased on a double play.
Chad Bettis (0-3), pitching on a rehab assignment from the Colorado Rockies, matched Cuevas until Ramon Cabrera led off the fifth inning with a home run to give the Baby Cakes a 1-0 advantage.
Kyle Lobstein worked around Mike Tauchman’s leadoff double in the seventh to maintain the one-run lead, and the ‘Cakes added to their lead in the bottom half when Brian Anderson doubled and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Eury Perez.
Jairo Diaz gave up a single and three consecutive walks in the bottom of the eighth to force in the Baby Cakes’ third run, and the floodgates opened when Cabrera roped a bases-clearing double into the gap in left field. The ‘Cakes sent 12 batters to the plate in the team’s highest-scoring inning of the year.
The ‘Cakes look to clinch a fifth straight home series win in the third game of the set on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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