First road trip sees extreme highs, lows

Baby Cakes throw no-hitter two days before getting one-hit

By Gabriel Garza | April 18, 2017 11:05 AM ET

The New Orleans Baby Cakes no-hit the Iowa Cubs on Friday night in Des Moines. That came two days after an 18-5 defeat, and two days before getting no-hit into the ninth inning in Omaha, extreme highs and lows which marked the team's first road trip of the season.

"It's a marathon," Baby Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said. "Hopefully we can get some things going, get some consistency and see how it all plays out."

The no-hitter was just the third in New Orleans team history, and the third no-hitter in Pacific Coast League history to consist of three pitchers. Scott Copeland needed just 63 pitches to face the minimum over seven innings before turning things over to the bullpen, and Hunter Cervenka and Brandon Cunniff finished off the historic performance.

"It was special," Beyeler said. "Every time you throw a no-hitter its special since it doesn't happen very often, so it's a big thing."

The great pitching continued the following afternoon in Omaha, as Odrisamer Despaigne combined with three relievers on a two-hitter in a 4-2 victory over the Storm Chasers, the team's first back-to-back victories of the season. Matt den Dekker continued his hot start by hitting his third home run to go with two doubles and two RBI. He leads the club in all three categories.

"He had a great spring, really opened eyes with some guys in the big league camp and did a nice job there and has carried it into the season swinging the bat." Beyeler said.

But just as the 'Cakes seemed to be finding their groove, Omaha turned the tables on Easter Sunday by holding New Orleans out of the hit column until Ryan Jackson's leadoff single in the ninth inning. A costly error led to four unearned runs in the second inning, and in the road trip finale on Monday, the Storm Chasers put up another two runs in the first to continue a disturbing trend of the Baby Cakes falling behind in the early innings.

"It just seems like early in the year here, we have been giving up runs in the first inning and just can't get out of the first inning." Beyeler said.

Despite dropping eight of the first 12 games, Beyeler remains optimistic to see the team turn it around in a long season.

"Guys have been swinging the bats a little bit better, we've been pitching a bit better, playing better defense and the results show that."

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

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