METAIRIE – Vance Worley fired seven shutout innings of two-hit ball, and Tomas Telis collected four hits and scored three times to lead the New Orleans Baby Cakes to an 8-0 shutout of the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday night.
Worley (1-1) avenged a loss to the I-Cubs five days ago in Des Moines by facing the minimum through four innings. He wiggled out of a fifth-inning trouble, then retired the last seven batters he faced to earn his first victory of the year.
The Baby Cakes gave Worley all the run support he would need in the opening frame. Telis roped the first of his four singles ahead of a walk to Brandon Barnes, and Matt den Dekker laced a triple into the right field corner to score both runners, then trotted home himself when the relay throw skipped away.
The three runs marked the first time this season New Orleans scored in the first inning, having been outscored 11-0 through the first 12 games.
Telis also sparked a two-run rally in the fifth with a leadoff single, scoring one out later on Destin Hood’s double past a diving Mark Zagunis in left field. Hood scored when catcher Victor Caratini dropped the ball on a fielder’s choice grounder, extending the Baby Cakes’ lead to 5-0.
New Orleans put the game out of reach with two more runs in the seventh. Telis singled and Barnes reached on an error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario, and both runners scored on a line drive up the middle by Hood, who finished with three hits to snap out of an 0-for-10 skid.
Clayton Mortensen worked around a leadoff double in the eighth, and Nick Wittgren tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the Baby Cakes’ first shutout of the season.
Aaron Brooks (2-1) gave up nine hits and five runs – three earned – in five innings to suffer the defeat. New Orleans piled up 15 hits against three Cubs pitchers.
The teams continue the four-game series in a Wednesday matinee, with first pitch set for 12 p.m.