Ben Meyer gave up one hit in five innings and combined with two relievers on a two-hit shutout as the New Orleans Baby Cakes blanked the Nashville Sounds, 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
A Minnesota native, Meyer felt right at home on a day where the first pitch temperature was 55 degrees, the coldest in the 21-year history of the Shrine on Airline. He needed only 12 pitches to strike out the side in the first inning, and did not give up a hit until Renato Nunez singled up the middle on an 0-2 pitch with one out in the fourth.
Meyer (1-0) struck out five and walked two before turning the ball over to Drew Rucinski and Severino Gonzalez, who each chipped in two scoreless frames to record the Baby Cakes' first shutout of the year.
The 'Cakes scored all four runs in the first three innings off former New Orleans left-hander Eric Jokisch (0-1). Isaac Galloway led off the game with a single and scored two batters later on a ground out by Jonathan Rodriguez. In the second, Galloway brought in the second run on a fielder's choice and a throwing error by Sheldon Neuse allowed a second run to score on the play.
Scott Van Slyke drilled the Baby Cakes' first home run of 2018 leading off the third inning, extending the advantage to 4-0. Van Slyke added a pair of singles and has reached base nine times in 15 plate appearances through the first four contests.
Austin Nola had two singles to help New Orleans outhit Nashville, 10-2.
The Baby Cakes clinched the season-opening series, after going until the first week of July without a series victory last year.
The five-game set concludes on Monday afternoon, with first pitch slated for 12 p.m.
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