The New Orleans Baby Cakes piled up 14 hits, including eight doubles, and outlasted the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in an 11-10 slugfest on Saturday night.
New Orleans has won six of its last seven games, including the first two games in Colorado Springs against the division-leading Sky Sox.
The 'Cakes opened up a 5-0 lead in the second inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate. Back-to-back doubles by Christian Colon and Chad Hinshaw got New Orleans on the board, and Eury Perez later added a two-run double. Brian Anderson capped the big inning with a single for the first of his three RBI on the night.
Colorado Springs answered by scoring the next six runs to claim the lead. Chris Colabello had a two-run double in the bottom of the second, and Brett Phillips led off the fourth with a triple before scoring on Nate Orf's double. Consecutive run-scoring doubles by Ivan DeJesus, Jr. and Phillips in fifth put the Sky Sox in front.
But for the second straight game, the Baby Cakes rallied when trailing after six innings. Anderson tied the game in the seventh with a sacrifice fly, and after a walk to Cal Towey loaded the bases, Colon and Hinshaw again teamed up for back-to-back doubles to bring in three more runs for a 9-6 advantage.
The 'Cakes added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth which proved necessary when the Sky Sox mounted a ninth-inning comeback. Lewis Brinson drilled a two-run homer off Brandon Cunniff after Nick Noonan had led off with a triple and scored on an error, and Colabello delivered an RBI single with two outs before Severino Gonzalez retired Rene Garcia for the final out and his second save in as many games.
Mike Kickham (2-1) got through six innings and picked up the win despite yielding six runs and 10 hits.
The Baby Cakes, who endured their seventh weather delay in the last nine days, went 8-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Six players had multi-hit efforts, and Anderson and Steve Lombardozzi reached base three times.
The series resumes on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Central.
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