Script remains unchanged in 'Cakes defeat

Baby Cakes endure third walk-off loss in last four games

April 15, 2018 7:59 PM

Alex Verdugo's three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Oklahoma City Dodgers an 8-6 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Sunday afternoon.

The Dodgers claimed a walk-off win for the second straight game and handed the Baby Cakes their third walk-off defeat of the road trip, on which they are 0-6.

Henry Ramos got Oklahoma City off to a hot start with a grand slam in the first inning. Celebrating his 26th birthday, Ramos finished 4-for-5 and is hitting .406 on the year.

The Baby Cakes responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second, only for Rob Segedin to answer with an RBI single in the bottom half to give the Dodgers a 5-2 lead.

All five runs were charged to 'Cakes starter Adam Conley, who lasted only 2 2/3 innings and owns a 19.64 ERA through his first three starts.

New Orleans rallied against the Dodgers bullpen, as Austin Nola doubled in the seventh and scored on a Rafael Ortega single, and eight batters came to the plate in the eighth when the 'Cakes scored twice to knot the game at 5-5.

For the first time, the Baby Cakes employed baseball's new pace-of-game practice for extra innings. Scott Van Slyke began the 10th at second base and immediately scored on a single by Isaac Galloway.

But Nick Wittgren was unable to protect the lead, walking leadoff hitter Cael Brockmeyer in the bottom of the 10th to put two runners on for Verdugo, who slugged his second home run in as many games.

Wittgren (0-1) saw the end of his streak of 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings with New Orleans, dating back to the 2016 season.

CC Lee (1-0) was credited with the victory after escaping a two on, none out jam in the top of the 10th.

The Baby Cakes look to salvage the series and road trip finale on Monday at 7:05 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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