Isotopes stun Baby Cakes with ninth-inning rally
METAIRIE – Down to their final out, the Albuquerque Isotopes rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to stun the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday night, 5-2.
The ‘Cakes were denied a fifth straight victory, which would have been their longest of the season.
Chris Parmelee gave New Orleans a quick lead with a two-run homer in the first inning. Following one-out single by Brandon Barnes, Parmelee launched a home run to right, his first since joining New Orleans on July 27. Parmelee has reached base safely in 10 of his 11 games with the club.
Tom Koehler continued his dominance of Pacific Coast League opponents, scattering one run and five hits in six innings. The right-hander fanned seven to move within three strikeouts of Elih Villanueva’s career franchise record of 323, and lowered his ERA in six outings with the Baby Cakes to 1.65.
The Isotopes nicked Koehler for a run in the fifth on Ryan McMahon’s RBI single with two outs, and put the tying run in scoring position in the sixth and eighth innings but came up empty before breaking through against Tayron Guerrero in the ninth.
Three consecutive two-out singles, capped by a roller up the middle by Noel Cuevas with two strikes, brought the Isotopes even at 2-2. After Guerrero (0-2) walked Jordan Patterson to load the bases, Adames tripled into the right field corner off Keyvius Sampson to put the Isotopes in front.
Albuquerque had been 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men on base through the first eight innings.
James Farris worked around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth to notch his second save. Matt Flemer (7-6) worked two scoreless innings in relief of starter Sam Howard to earn the win.
The ‘Cakes wrap up the series and the homestand in Thursday’s 7 p.m. finale.
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