Baby Cakes rally late to beat Sky Sox, 5-4
METAIRIE – The New Orleans Baby Cakes rallied to tie in the bottom of the ninth, then won with a run in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday night, 5-4.
Down by a run and down to their final three outs, the ‘Cakes got a leadoff walk in the ninth from Moises Sierra, who scooted to third when Brian Anderson dumped a single into right field. David Goforth issued a one-out walk to Cal Towey, then unleashed a wild pitch to allow Sierra to score the tying run.
New Orleans loaded the bases again with one out, but Gofoth struck out Grant Green and Steve Lombardozzi to send the game into extra innings.
Colorado Springs nearly plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th when Ivan DeJesus Jr. walked with two outs and Chris Colabello doubled into the right field gap. But Sierra relayed the ball to Lombardozzi, who spun and threw home in time to nab DeJesus at the plate to keep the game tied.
Peter Mooney reached on an infield single to lead off the bottom half, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Anderson sent a grounder to third, but Colabello was unable to scoop an errant throw from DeJesus out of the dirt, and Mooney raced home with the winning run to give the Baby Cakes their third walk-off victory of the season, all of which have come in the last 18 days.
Anderson’s eighth home run with the ‘Cakes and 22nd of the year overall, a three-run blast in the fourth inning, jolted the ‘Cakes to a 3-0 lead. William Cuevas kept the Sky Sox out of the hit column through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth as Colorado Springs batted around.
Cuevas loaded the bases with no outs on a single and two walks, giving way to Clayton Mortensen. But the ‘Cakes reliever forced in a pair of runs on walks and allowed another to trot home on a wild pitch as the Sky Sox took a 4-3 lead.
Baby Cakes pitchers combined to walk nine batters in the game.
Tayron Guerrero (2-2) was credited with the win after pitching the 10th inning. Tyler Cravy (6-5) took the loss for the Sky Sox, whose magic number to clinch a division championship remained at three.
The ‘Cakes and Sky Sox continue the four-game set on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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