‘Cakes take rubber game of series at El Paso

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El Paso – The New Orleans Baby Cakes pounded three home runs and Zac Gallen earned his Pacific Coast League-leading ninth win in a 7-4 victory Friday night over the El Paso Chihuahuas in front of 8,089 fans.

The ‘Cakes dropped the first game of the series but won final two of the three-game set.

Gallen allowed a season-high three home runs but delivered five and a third innings allowing just four hits in the win. The New Orleans bullpen worked the final three and two third innings without allowing a run.

El Paso’s Ty France drilled a pair of home runs and has gone deep in four consecutive games and five in the last four games. France and Jose Pirela opened the scoring with two solo shots in the first inning.

New Orleans answered with two runs in the third and added a two run home run from Tyler Heineman in the fourth inning. Monte’ Harrison solo home run in the fifth inning built the lead to 5-3. The ‘Cakes added a two run home run from Lewis Brinson in the eighth inning.

RJ Alvarez pitched the ninth and earned his ninth save. The Baby Cakes improve to 37-31 on the season and trail first place San Antonio by five games.

GAME NOTES – Isan Diaz extended his hitting streak to 15 games. New Orleans activated Monte’ Harrison and assigned pitcher Tommy Eveld to Class AA Jacksonville. The ‘Cakes are in a stretch of 30 of 39 games on the road.

UPCOMING – The ‘Cakes travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to open a four game series Saturday at 7:35 p.m. (RADIO: WODT SPORTS 1280 AM or cakesbaseball.com).

NEXT HOME GAME – The ‘Cakes return home Thursday June 20th to play Nashville in a four-game home-stand.

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