Baby Cakes continue mastery of Dodgers

Four-run seventh inning gives 'Cakes eighth win in 10 games

July 15, 2017 11:18 PM ET

The New Orleans Baby Cakes scored four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and defeat the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday night, 4-3.

New Orleans has won eight of its last 10 games, with six wins in seven meetings against the Dodgers in that span.

A pair of newcomers contributed to the Baby Cakes' first four-game win streak of the year. Brian Anderson, who had two hits in the Futures Game earlier in the week, came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit two-run single in his first Triple-A at-bat to cap the four-run rally.

Trailing 2-0, the 'Cakes sent nine batters to the plate in the inning, loading the bases before Brandon Barnes hit a sacrifice fly to slice the deficit in half. Peter Mooney smoked a line drive to first which ricocheted off the glove of Scott Van Slyke for a two-base error to tie the game, setting the stage for Anderson's heroics.

The Dodgers closed within run in the eighth when Willie Calhoun doubled and scored on a single by Mike Freeman, but Daniel Schlereth, brought up from Double-A with Anderson earlier in the day, recorded the final four outs to pick up the save. It clinched the Baby Cakes' first win in 44 attempts this season when trailing after six innings.

Justin Nicolino (4-3), the reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week, was the beneficary of the late rally to earn his third win in a row. The left-hander worked an efficient six frames, allowing five hits and single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

David Hale (1-2) dropped his second straight start, despite yielding two hits and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings. He retired 18 of the first 20 batters he faced.

The 'Cakes have clinched a third consecutive series win after failing to win any of the first 21 series of the season, and go after a road sweep in Sunday's series finale starting at 6:05 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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