METAIRIE – John Andreoli hit two home runs and Taylor Davis added a grand slam to lead the Iowa Cubs to an 8-3 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday afternoon.
Just five days after he combined with two relievers on a no-hitter of the I-Cubs, Scott Copeland (1-1) only recorded four outs and allowed eight runs on eight hits. Andreoli led off both the first and second innings with home runs, and Davis ended Copeland’s outing with his slam to cap a five-run second.
Iowa batted around in the opening frame, scoring three times. It was the eighth time in the Baby Cakes’ 14 games they allowed the opponent to score in the first inning. After Andreoli’s leadoff homer, Mark Zagunis singled to drive in a run and Davis followed with an RBI double.
Eight more batters came to the plate in the second, providing more than enough support for Cubs starter Seth Frankoff, who kept the Baby Cakes hitless until Destin Hood’s one-out infield single in the fourth.
Frankoff ran out of gas in the fifth, when he and Rob Zastrynzny walked the bases loaded before a sacrifice fly from Tomas Telis got New Orleans on the board.
The ‘Cakes struck for a pair of runs against Zastrynzny in the seventh after the first three batters of the inning singled, but Miguel Mejia (1-0) came out of the bullpen to silence the rally and earn the win with two scoreless innings of relief.
Four New Orleans relievers combined to pitch 7 2/3 shutout innings, highlighted by Kelvin Marte’s 3 2/3-inning performance.
The Baby Cakes and Cubs resume the series on Thursday at 7 p.m.