'Cakes complete Salt Lake sweep

New Orleans finishes 6-1 on trip with sweep of Bees

August 5, 2019 11:13 PM

The New Orleans Baby Cakes rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Salt Lake Bees, 5-2 and complete a four-game series sweep.

New Orleans swept a series in Salt Lake City for the first time in the 21-year history between the clubs, and finished 6-1 on the road trip to move 10 games above the .500 mark for the first time since August 2012.

Kolton Mahoney, an Ogden native who attended nearby Brigham Young, made his second Triple-A start for the 'Cakes and pitched five solid innings. He allowed run-scoring singles in the fourth to Nick Franklin and Jo Adell which gave Salt Lake a 2-0 lead, but otherwise minimized the damage by scattering two walks and seven hits with five strikeouts.

New Orleans was kept off the board for six innings by Nick Tropeano, who permitted only two hits, but the 'Cakes struck quickly against the Bees bullpen.

Rosell Herrera greeted reliever Jason Alexander with a single to open the seventh, and Deven Marrero walked ahead of Peter O'Brien's ground-rule double to slice the deficit in half. Tyler Heineman's ground out scored Marrero from third with the tying run before Gabriel Guerrero put the Baby Cakes in front with a double.

Magneuris Sierra followed with his fifth home run of the year to push the New Orleans lead to 5-2, and 10 batters would come to the plate in the frame before Alexander (1-3) managed to retire the side.

Parker Bugg (2-4) pitched a scoreless sixth inning to earn the win, Brian Moran fanned four in two innings, and Brett Graves escaped trouble in the ninth, working around a single and a walk to pick up his second save.

The Baby Cakes ride a season-best five-game winning streak into a seven-game homestand which begins Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against the Reno Aces.

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

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