Bullpen lets late lead slip away

Baby Cakes squander five-run lead, fall 10-6 in Memphis

June 30, 2019 7:29 PM

The Memphis Redbirds erased a 5-0 deficit by scoring 10 times over the final four innings on Sunday afternoon in defeating the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 10-6.

Jon Berti and Lewis Brinson led off the game with back-to-back home runs to give New Orleans a quick lead, and the advantage grew to 5-0 after Peter O'Brien's two-run blast in the fifth.

But Memphis scored a pair of runs in the bottom half against Cody Poteet, who was making his Triple-A debut, forcing the 'Cakes to turn to the bullpen.

The teams traded runs, with the Redbirds answering Berti's second homer of the afternoon to make it 6-3, before a five-run seventh gave Memphis its first lead.

John Nogowski, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games, brought Memphis within one with a two-run double, and scored moments later on a two-run triple by Joe Hudson to put the Redbirds in front. Irving Lopez added a sacrifice fly to cap the rally against 'Cakes reliever Parker Bugg (0-3), who was charged with seven runs (six earned) in two innings and saw his ERA balloon to 10.26.

Randy Arozarena finished a 4-for-5 effort with a two-run blast off Bugg in the eighth to provide some insurance.

Chris Ellis (3-3) was handed the victory after allowing one hit - Berti's home run - in two innings of relief,

Poteet, whose 2.25 ERA in 13 starts with Jacksonville ranked fourth in the Southern League, scattered eight hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The five-game series resumes at AutoZone Park on Monday at 6:35 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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