By Oklahoma City Dodgers
METAIRIE, La.–The Oklahoma City Dodgers and New Orleans Baby Cakes split a doubleheader Saturday evening at the Shrine on Airline, with the Dodgers taking the opener, 6-4, and the Baby Cakes wining the nightcap, 11-5.
A six-run sixth inning keyed the Dodgers to a win in Game 1, as Oklahoma City snapped a season-high six-game losing streak.
New Orleans (38-43) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. With runners at the corners and one out, pitcher Kolton Mahoney laid down a squeeze bunt to the right side of the infield to score the runner from third base. Braxton Lee came up next and lined a RBI single to right field to extend the lead.
Still trailing by two, the Dodgers exploded for six runs in the fourth inning. Kyle Garlick led off the inning with a line drive down the left field line that went just a few feet over the fence for a solo home run.
Later in the inning with runners at the corners and one out, Angelo Mora hit a game-tying sacrifice fly. Henry Ramosstepped up next and drilled a home run past the pool in right field to make it 4-2.
Two batters later, the Dodgers went deep again. This time it was Connor Joe with a two-run blast out to left field to give OKC a 6-2 lead.
New Orleans chipped away with a run in each of the next two at-bats, pulling back within two runs after five innings.
Before the top of the sixth began, the game went into a rain delay that lasted 33 minutes. Once play resumed, Dodgers reliever Brian Schlitter retired all six batters he faced between the sixth and seventh innings to close out the game. Schlitter (3-1) induced five groundouts to go along with one strikeout and was credited with the win.
Mahoney took the loss in his Triple-A debut, giving up six runs and eight hits over five innings, with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Dodgers (44-34) seemed poised for a doubleheader sweep in Game 2, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. However, the Baby Cakes reeled off 11 unanswered runs to come back and win, 11-5.
OKC socked three homers within the first three innings to build the lead. Joe started the game with a bang, hitting a homer to center field. Mora followed Joe’s lead, also going to deep to center field in the second inning.
Andrew Toles launched a two-run homer in the pool in right field in the third inning to make it 4-0. Toles led all players with five hits across the doubleheader, going 5-for-8.
Edwin Ríos added a RBI single later in the third inning to give the Dodgers a five-run lead.
The Baby Cakes responded the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs, including a three-run homer by Eric Campbell.
New Orleans went in front in the fifth inning. Austin Dean hit a go-ahead, two-run triple, and Cristhian Adames followed with a RBI single to make it 7-4.
Dean delivered a knockout blow in the sixth inning when he connected on a grand slam.
The five-run lead was the largest the Dodgers have held in a loss this season.
New Orleans reliever Jeff Kinley (1-0) threw three scoreless innings to earn the win. Dodgers reliever Ariel Hernandez(1-2) surrendered the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning as he was charged with the loss.
The Dodgers and Baby Cakes continue their series with a matinee beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday. Live radio coverage begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
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