METAIRIE, La. – Peter Mooney and Isaac Galloway homered, and the New Orleans Baby Cakes scored four times in the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie en route to their first win of the season, defeating the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday afternoon, 9-3.
After three scoreless frames, the Baby Cakes broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Mooney singled to center field. Mooney advanced to second on a wild pitch by Chris Ellis and was later brought home on a double by Tomas Telis, who traded places with J.T. Riddle on another RBI double to extend the New Orleans lead to 2-0.
Vance Worley, making his debut in the Marlins organization, scattered three hits across five scoreless innings and turned the lead over to Clayton Mortensen in the sixth, but Tommy Pham launched a home run over the left field fence with one out to bring the Redbirds even at 2-2.
The bats came alive for New Orleans in the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring four runs. Mooney slugged the Baby Cakes’ first home run of the season, a leadoff blast against Thomas Lee to give New Orleans the lead for good. Ryan Jackson then drove in two runs with a single, and pinch hitter Brandon Barnes added an RBI single to complete the rally in which all nine batters came to the plate.
In the seventh, Telis stroked his second double of the game and third of the series and trotted home on a sacrifice fly by Matt den Dekker.
Pham went yard again in the eighth, homering off Javy Guerra, but Galloway answered in the bottom half with a two-run shot as New Orleans piled up seven runs in three innings against the Redbirds’ bullpen.
Riddle finished with three of the Baby Cakes’ 12 hits, giving him three hits in two of the season’s first three contests.
Despite the blown save, Mortensen (1-0) was credited with the victory, while Lee (0-1) took the loss.
The teams continue the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.