Salt Lake broke loose for a five-run fifth inning in winning the series opener 6-4 Monday at the Shrine on Airline despite four New Orleans home runs.
Left fielder Destin Hood hit two, leading off the bottom of the second and the seventh. In the eighth, Steve Lombardozzi hit a one-out homer to right field, and Brandon Barnes followed with one to center.
With the score tied at 1, the Bees (22-16) got to Baby Cakes starter Adam Conley (0-1). Sherman Johnson drew a one-out walk and Eric Young Jr. followed with a double to left, scoring Johnson. Shane Robinson then greeted reliever Kelvin Marte by hitting his first pitch for a double, bringing in Young for a 3-1 lead.
One out later, third baseman Nolan Fontana slammed a three-run homer to right field, pushing the lead to 6-1.
Bees right-hander Troy Scribner (5-0) allowed just two hits and one run — Hood's first homer — through six innings.
Baby Cakes center fielder Isaac Galloway was selected the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week for May 8-14 after a five-game road stretch in which he batted 10-for-24 (.417).
In three games of the just-completed series at Reno, Galloway went 7-for-16 (.437) with five home runs — including two games with two homers — nine RBIs and seven runs. He'd had just one multi-homer game in his career.
Galloway said it was “probably” the best series of his 10-year professional career.
“It's just getting consistent at-bats and trying to hit the ball hard somewhere,” Galloway said. “Same approach, no adjustments. It's hard coming off the bench.”
Galloway was sent to Double-A Jacksonville on April 21 after batting just .172 with the Cakes. However, He hit .405 with Jacksonville and was brought back up on May 2 after outfielder Matt den Dekker opted out of his contract the day before. He has hit .385 (15-for-39) since returning.
Manager Arnie Beyeler said at the time that Galloway was not sent down because the Marlins were unhappy with his performance, but rather to get him more playing time, and at-bats.
Galloway was batting .182 after his first game back. Before he left for Jacksonville, he struck out consistently on outside pitches down in the strike zone. It was as if he couldn't discern a fastball from a slider, a breaking ball. He said it was all connected to at-bats.
“The more and more you see the slider, the more you can lay off of it,” he said. “But if you don't see the slider a lot … hitting is timing. So, if you don't have that, it's going to be hard to get a hit.”
He entered Tuesday's series opener batting .294 with seven homers, 16 RBI and 12 runs in 68 at-bats spanning 23 games.
The Cakes will play 12 of their final 16 games of May at home, including the current eight-game homestand. … Wednesday is S.T.E.M. Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and the game will start at 11 a.m. with upwards of 3,000 school children in attendance. … Catcher Tomas Telis and infiedler Steve Lombardozzi returned after brief stints with the Marlins. Telis went 0-for-2 in two pinch-hitting at-bats with Miami. Lombardozzi had two starts at second base and went 0-for-8.