'Cakes taken down by Storm Chasers

17 hits not enough for New Orleans in walk-off defeat

July 17, 2019 11:14 PM

A Jecksson Flores sacrifice fly to right field allowed Brett Phillips to score in the bottom of the ninth inning and give the Omaha Storm Chasers an 11-10 win over the visiting New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday night.

A wild game with plenty of fireworks saw both clubs hit four home runs and New Orleans out-hit Omaha, 17-15, but it was the Storm Chasers who had the last at-bat and the last laugh.

New Orleans surged to a 4-0 lead behind Austin Dean's RBI double in the opening frame and back-to-back home runs by Wilkin Castillo and Gabriel Guerrero leading off the second. But Omaha answered with three runs in the bottom of the second on a Brett Phillips home run, and four more in the third inning to jump in front.

Ryan O'Hearn hit the first of his two home runs on the night to lead off the third, and one out later, Nick Dini tied the score at 5-5 with a solo blast. The Storm Chasers chased 'Cakes starter Hector Noesi from the game before the inning was over, grabbing the lead on a two-run single by Flores.

Deven Marrero brought the Baby Cakes back within a run by leading off the fourth with his 13th home run of the campaign, but O'Hearn drilled a two-run shot in the sixth ahead of a Kelvin Gutierrez triple to help Omaha build a 10-6 advantage.

New Orleans was not done, however. Peter O'Brien smashed a three-run homer in the seventh to again draw the 'Cakes within one, and an error by Gutierrez an inning later allowed the Baby Cakes to tie the game at 10-10.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Jeff Brigham (1-2) issued a walk to Phillips, who stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Castillo to set up the game-winning fly ball by Flores.

All nine members of the Baby Cakes' lineup contributed at least one hit. Seven players had multi-hit efforts, led by Guerrero's three knocks.

Kyle Zimmer (2-3) picked up the victory after allowing one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings of relief as Omaha won its second straight on the heels of a five-game losing skid.

The 'Cakes conclude the series and the road trip on Thursday 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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