METAIRIE – Jeimer Candelario drove in both Iowa runs, and three Cubs pitchers combined to retire 17 of the game’s final 18 batters as Iowa claimed the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader from the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 2-1.
After winning the opener of the twin bill 11-5, the Baby Cakes jumped out to a quick lead when Steve Lombardozzi blooped a double in front of a diving Chesny Young in center field to lead off the game, and scored one out later on a single to right by Brandon Barnes.
Iowa strung together a two-out rally in the third to even the score, as Young singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Candelario.
Young and Candelario combined to deliver the Cubs’ go-ahead run in the fifth. Pinch hitter Todd Glaesmann led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, only to be thrown out by Barnes on Young’s single to right. But Candelario followed with a single up the middle to again bring Young home and put the I-Cubs in front.
Dylan Floro, making a spot start for Iowa, retired the final eight batters he faced. Zac Rosscup (2-0) took over in the fifth inning and set down all six batters he faced, including four via strikeouts, before Pierce Johnson faced the minimum in the ninth.
Tyler Moore picked up a bloop single which fell between two Cubs fielders with one out in the seventh, but was thrown out attempting to reach second base. Johnson then got Ramon Cabrera to foul out to end the game, earning his third save of the year.
Vance Worley (1-4) was credited with a seven-inning complete game, but suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run. Worley gave up six hits, struck out six, and walked one.
In the opener, Destin Hood homered and drove in five runs as the Baby Cakes used a six-run fifth inning to overpower the Cubs, 11-5.
Both teams used a 25 mph wind blowing out to right field to their advantage. Hood slugged a two-run homer in the fourth to give the ‘Cakes a 5-4 lead, only for Chris Dominguez to return the favor in the top of the fifth to tie the score.
But New Orleans sent all nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth for their second-biggest scoring inning of the season, with Hood delivering the go-ahead two-run single. Tyler Moore followed with an RBI single before Moises Sierra put the game away by lifting a fly ball into the jet stream for a three-run homer.
The ‘Cakes answered a first-inning run by Iowa with a two-out rally in the bottom of the frame, capitalizing on three straight walks by Jake Buchanan. The Cubs’ right-hander needed 77 pitches to get through three innings.
J.T. Riddle had an RBI single in the third as New Orleans plated a pair of runs to grab a short-lived 3-1 advantage. The I-Cubs came back with three runs in the fourth, including two on a double by Dominguez, who fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Clayton Mortensen (3-0) worked the final three innings to pick up the victory in relief of starter Stephen Fife, who surrendered four runs and 10 hits in four innings.
Ryan Williams (1-3) was charged with eight runs in two innings to take the loss.
The Baby Cakes and Cubs wrap up the series on Friday at 7 p.m.