'Cakes chase down Storm Chasers late

Baby Cakes score twice in seventh, twice in eighth in 6-4 win

September 2, 2018 10:40 PM

The New Orleans Baby Cakes scored twice in the seventh inning and twice more in the eighth, overcoming the Omaha Storm Chasers 6-4 on Sunday night.

By claiming the penultimate game of the year, the Baby Cakes head into Monday's season finale at 69-69 with a chance at only their second winning campaign in the last 11 seasons.

Omaha struck quickly for a 2-0 lead when Frank Schwindel led off the second with a double and Paul Orlando slugged his 11th home run of the season.

Jon Rodriguez responded in the bottom half with a solo blast, his 14th of the year to lead all Baby Cakes and slice the deficit in half.

The teams traded runs in the next two frames and Omaha carried a 3-2 advantage into the seventh, when Nicky Lopez singled and advanced to third on a two-base error by Braxton Lee, then scored on a ground out by Schwindel.

New Orleans rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Peter O'Brien laced a two-run single to right field to knot the score.

An inning later, the 'Cakes put runners at the corners with one out and Chasers reliever Josh Staumont was called for a balk to bring in the go-ahead run. Chris Bostick then delivered an insurance tally with a sinking single to center.

Tyler Cloyd (6-5) scattered a run and four hits over the final 4 1/3 innings to earn the win for New Orleans after Elieser Hernandez and Jarlin Garcia worked the first 4 2/3 innings on rehab assignments from the Marlins.

In his Triple-A debut, Hernandez gave up five hits and three runs (two earned). Garcia followed with two scoreless frames.

Sam Selman (0-2) was charged with both runs in the eighth inning and took the loss for Omaha.

New Orleans concludes its 2018 season on Monday at 12 p.m.

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

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