Everything was clicking for the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Easter Sunday.
Monte Harrison reached base five times, Isan Diaz drove in four runs, and Austin Dean and Peter O’Brien homered to power a 10-run, 13-hit attack, and Dustin Beggs struck out seven across seven shutout innings in his Triple-A debut as New Orleans blanked the Omaha Storm Chasers, 10-0.
Harrison gave the ‘Cakes a quick lead with a leadoff single, then stole second and scored on a sinking liner to right by Diaz. Harrison added singles in the third and seventh innings, and walked in the fifth and eighth to give him seven consecutive plate appearances reaching base, dating back to Saturday’s game.
In his first game since being optioned from Miami, Dean led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run to left field estimated to travel 408 feet. That gave New Orleans a 2-0 lead, which proved to be enough for Beggs.
The right-hander worked around six Omaha singles in the first three innings to keep the Storm Chasers off the board, including an escape of a bases loaded, none out jam in the second. He settled in to retire 10 in a row at one point, and allowed only one hit over his final four frames.
Beggs (1-0) struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
The Baby Cakes broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning, highlighted by Diaz’s RBI double off the wall in right-center, and OBrien’s towering three-run homer. His second home run of the series was marked as traveling 435 feet.
Harold Ramirez added two doubles on the afternoon, as the top five hitters in the New Orleans lineup combined to go 12-for-20.
Jonathan Dziedzic (0-2) gave up two runs in five innings to take the loss.
Back above .500 for the first time since April 6, the ‘Cakes wrap up the homestand on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
PCL Pitcher of the Week.:
Zac Gallen was recognized as the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 4-14. Gallen the opening day pitcher for the Baby Cakes, threw 7 innings of no-hit ball facing the minimum 21 batters while striking out 11. One hitter reached base on an error but was put out caught stealing. In his second game, Gallen pitched 6 innings giving up only 3 hits and one run while striking out 8.
Gallen spent last season with the Baby Cakes and was a PCL All-Star selection.