METAIRIE – J.T. Riddle and Destin Hood homered, and Stephen Fife tossed five scoreless innings as the New Orleans Baby Cakes shut out the Omaha Storm Chasers, 6-0 on Saturday night.
Riddle’s two-run homer in the sixth inning, his second in as many games since returning from the Marlins, gave New Orleans a 3-0 lead. An inning later, Hood drilled a two-run bomb of his own halfway up the berm in straightaway center field to break the game open.
Each team struggled to capitalize on scoring chances early on as the game remained scoreless until the fourth.
Fife loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning before battling back to induce a force out at the plate and a pair of strikeouts to escape unharmed. The Baby Cakes put two runners on base in the bottom half of the frame but could not break through against Storm Chasers starter Eric Skoglund.
New Orleans finally took advantage of an error by Omaha left fielder Bubba Starling to take the lead in the fourth. Starling misplayed a shallow fly ball by Matt Juengel, and one out later, Carlos Paulino’s single to left allowed Juengel to score the game’s first run.
Fife (1-0) scattered six hits and two walks across five innings and fanned a season-high six batters before turning the one-run lead over to the bullpen. Javy Guerra notched a pair of scoreless innings, and Brian Ellington and Nick Wittgren combined to retire six of the final seven Storm Chasers to close out the Baby Cakes’ second shutout of the homestand.
Skoglund (1-1) was dealt the loss, despite yielding just one run in 4 1/3 innings.
The Storm Chasers finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position as they saw their three-game win streak snapped.
The teams continue the four-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.