Deven Marrero tripled in a run in the sixth inning and scored on a double by Matt Snyder, providing what proved to be the game-winning run as the New Orleans Baby Cakes ended their first road trip of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Monday.
On a bright and sunny getaway day at Werner Park, the 'Cakes capitalized on their few scoring chances to build a 4-0 cushion, then held on in the late innings as Omaha inched within a run.
Yadiel Rivera stroked a one-out single in the top of the first, then stole second base and scored on Gabriel Guerrero's double off the center field wall for a quick 1-0 lead. New Orleans doubled its advantage in the fifth when Monte Harrison drew a two-out walk, stole second and raced home on Rivera's ground ball single to right.
Baby Cakes starter Elieser Hernandez dodged trouble through most of his 4 2/3 innings, as the Storm Chasers put runners in scoring position with no outs in each of the first three frames, only to come up empty. Omaha finished 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position on the afternoon.
After Jose Quijada relieved Hernandez with two outs in the fifth and fanned Jorge Bonifacio to strand the bases loaded, the 'Cakes strung together four consecutive hits in the sixth. Guerrero started the rally with a single but was thrown out attempting to score on an Isaac Galloway double. Marrero then laced a triple, and came home on Snyder's double to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Susac finally got Omaha on the board in the seventh with a two-run homer off Quijada, and Bonifacio's solo blast an inning later off Mike Kickham brought the Chasers within 4-3. But R.J. Alvarez slammed the door by retiring the final four batters, including three via strikeouts, to pick up his first save of the season after leading the Pacific Coast League in that category a year ago.
Quijada (1-0) was credited with the victory after Hernandez fell one out shy of qualifying for the decision. Hernandez scattered four hits and two walks and struck out six.
Jonathan Dziedzic (0-1) took the loss by allowing two runs and four hits in five innings.
New Orleans earned a split of the four-game series and the six-game trip. Following a day off Tuesday, the 'Cakes open a seven-game homestand on Wednesday with a doubleheader against the Iowa Cubs. Game one is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.
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