DES MOINES - Following a 40-minute rain delay, the Iowa Cubs (34-44) dropped a 6-4 contest to the New Orleans Baby Cakes (29-49), Wednesday at Principal Park.
New Orleans held a 1-0 lead after a half-inning, but one swing of Jacob Hannemann's bat evened the score. The center fielder blasted an opposite-field home run for his first Triple-A long ball and his second overall of the season.
The Baby Cakes took control in the fourth inning, plating three off Iowa starter Aaron Brooks on a two-RBI double from Cal Towey and an RBI single by Peter Mooney.
Iowa clamored back into the game in the sixth, led by a Kyle Schwarber single off the wall in left. Chris Dominguez followed with his own base hit and Jemile Weeks brought both runners in with a double. Weeks would reach third on a wild pitch and the I-Cubs put runners on the corners after Ali Solis walked, but they left the runners stranded and exited the frame still trailing 4-3.
The Baby Cakes added a pair of unearned runs in the seventh off Dylan Floro to pad the lead. Chris Dominguez worked to get Iowa back in the game with a solo shot to straightaway center in the eighth, but the I-Cubs couldn't close the gap.
Iowa and New Orleans wrap up the series tomorrow with a 12:08 matinee at Principal Park. For more information or tickets, visit www.iowacubs.com.
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