Hector Noesi tossed five shutout innings and Isaac Galloway and Gabriel Guerrero had three hits apiece as the New Orleans Baby Cakes took the opener of Saturday's doubleheader against the Omaha Storm Chasers, 8-2.
In the nightcap, Ben Lively limited the 'Cakes to two hits through five innings, and New Orleans saw a rally in its final at-bat fall short as Omaha earned a split, 4-3.
Noesi (1-0) walked three and struck out five to earn his first win in the U.S. since 2015, having spent the last three years pitching in Korea. The Baby Cakes gave him a three-run cushion as Deven Marrero drove in a pair of runs, then tacked on five runs in the seventh to break the game open. Yadiel Rivera had a two-run triple, and Galloway added an RBI double.
Galloway drilled a pinch hit two-run homer in the seventh inning of game two to get the Baby Cakes within a run, and New Orleans had two runners on base with two outs before Tim Hill induced a game-ending ground out from Isan Diaz.
Cheslor Cuthbert knocked in two runs for the Storm Chasers, including an RBI single in the first inning to give Omaha an early advantage against Baby Cakes right-hander Nick Neidert (1-1), who was charged with four runs - three earned - in 4 1/3 innings. Neidert allowed four hits, walked three and struck out three in his second Triple-A assignment.
Lively (1-1) notched four strikeouts and walked one to force the 'Cakes to settle for a split of a twin bill for the second consecutive Saturday.
The teams resume the four-game set on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
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