The four the merrier: 'Cakes win again

Baby Cakes finish opening homestand with fourth straight win

April 9, 2018 3:43 PM ET

The New Orleans Baby Cakes scored five times in the first inning on Monday afternoon and held off the Nashville Sounds, 7-4, for their fourth consecutive victory.

Each of the game's first two hitters reached on errors by Nashville third baseman Sheldon Neuse, opening the door to a big inning. Scott Van Slyke ripped a one-out double into the right field corner to score both runners, and Cristhian Adames followed with a triple, then scored on an infield single by J.B. Shuck.

With two outs, Shuck stole second base and raced home on Peter Mooney's single to left for 5-0 New Orleans lead. Mooney has collected a hit in each of his first four contests this season.

Van Slyke added another double in the third inning, and has reached base in 11 of his 19 plate appearances.

The 'Cakes took advantage of a third Sounds error, this time a dropped fly ball by center fielder Dustin Fowler, to score a run in the fifth inning, and Jonathan Rodriguez hit his first home run of the year in the seventh to extend the advantage to 7-1.

Spot starter Joe Gunkel worked three innings and surrendered only a solo home run to Slade Heathcott in the third before James Buckelew (1-0) turned in four shutout frames.

The Sounds scored three runs in the ninth against Colton Murray, who was making his season debut, and had the tying run at the plate when Jumbo Diaz entered to record the final two outs and notch his first save.

Brett Anderson (0-1) took the loss, although all five runs charged to him were unearned. Anderson gave up six hits in four innings and struck out four.

New Orleans has won four of its first five games for the first time since opening a franchise-best 8-1 in 2012.

The Baby Cakes begin their first road trip of the season on Tuesday in Colorado Springs, with the opener of a three-game set scheduled for a 7:40 p.m. start Central time.

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

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