Tacoma, WA – Tyler Smith hammered a two run sixth inning home run as the Tacoma Rainiers rallied to defeat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 7-5 in front of 6,081 fans at Cheney Stadium. Smith finished the game a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
The Cakes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two run double from Tyler Moore. Tacoma answered with two in the third inning when Leonys Martin hit a two run home run.
New Orleans scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning with RBI hits from Brandon Barnes and Moore. Tacoma got a pair back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. The Cakes scored the go-ahead run in the sixth to grab a 5-4 lead. Smith got his third hit of the game in the bottom of the inning to give the Rainiers the lead.
Tacoma added a run in the seventh inning and the Rainiers bullpen pitched around trouble to earn the win. Reliever Mark Lowe picked up the win and Cakes starter Justin Nicolino took the defeat. The Cakes offense stranded 13 men on base finished the game four for thirteen with runners in scoring position.
The Rainiers (18-11) improved to 10-4 at home this season. The Cakes (11-19) has dropped seven of its last eight road games. The series is even at one.
GAME NOTES: The Cakes promoted pitcher Brian Ellington to the Miami Marlins. Brandon Barnes extended his hitting streak to six games. New Orleans has not hit a home run on the road in its last eight games.
UPCOMING- The Cakes continue the eight game road trip with the third game of the series in Tacoma on Monday afternoon at 8:05 Central time. New Orleans will start RHP Stephen Fife (1-1, 5.70)against RHP Ryan Weber (1-0, 1.09) for Tacoma. Radio: Fox Sports 1280 AM, and the iHeart Radio App.
NEXT HOME GAME – Cakes return home to The Shrine on Airline next Monday, May 15 against the Salt Lake Bees at 7pm.