Matt den Dekker had two doubles, a home run and drove in a pair to lead the New Orleans Baby Cakes to a 4-2 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday afternoon at Werner Park.
A mere 16 hours after completing a no-hitter against the Iowa Cubs, four Baby Cakes pitchers combined to limit Omaha to two hits, while the New Orleans offense piled up 13 hits, including multi-hit efforts from five different players.
After beginning the year on the disabled list, Odrisamer Despaigne shined in his season debut. Despaigne gave up just one hit - Dean Anna's two-out single in the second to score Bubba Starling - and made 65 pitches in four innings.
Brandon Barnes evened the score with a home run to lead off the fourth, and Moises Sierra followed with a double, then scored two outs later on Matt Juengel's double to put New Orleans ahead, 2-1.
Javy Guerra (1-0) took over for Despaigne in the fifth and allowed Omaha to tie the game on a run-scoring grounder by Billy Burns, but the 'Cakes quickly answered on den Dekker's RBI double in the sixth to take a lead they would not relinquish.
den Dekker provided insurance in the eighth with his third home run of the year, and Brandon Cunniff followed two hitless innings of relief by Kelvin Marte with a perfect bottom of the ninth to record the Baby Cakes' first save of the campaign.
New Orleans has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, while Omaha has dropped its last two games on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
The teams continue the three-game set on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
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