'Cakes stay cold in fifth straight road loss

Dodgers deal Baby Cakes second walk-off defeat in three games

April 14, 2018 11:11 PM

Rocky Gale's squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning scored the winning run, capping an Oklahoma City Dodgers rally in a 3-2 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Saturday night.

The 'Cakes led 2-0 for most of a chilly night, with the wind chill at first pitch registering at 30 degrees. New Orleans took the lead on Eric Campbell's run-scoring ground out in the second and addied a Rafael Ortega RBI double in the third.

Joe Gunkel, facing the team he began the 2017 season with, cruised through five shutout innings, allowing just two hits. James Buckelew stranded a pair of baserunners in the sixth and another in the seventh, but served up a two-run homer to Alex Verdugo with two outs in the eighth to tie the score.

Jumbo Diaz issued a one-out walk to Travis Taijeron in the ninth, and Taijeron scooted to third on a Jake Peter single before scoring on Gale's successful bunt.

It was the second time in the last three days a team has dealt the Baby Cakes a walk-off defeat, both coming against Diaz (0-2).

Daniel Hudson (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the win and combined with Guillermo Moscoso and Adam Libertore to blank the 'Cakes over the final six innings.

New Orleans has lost each of its first five road games for the first time in franchise history, while Oklahoma City's 7-1 start is the club's best since joining the PCL in 1998.

The teams meet in the third game of the four-game set on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch slated for 2:05 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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