CUBS 8, BABY CAKES 3
One start after holding Iowa hitless for seven innings in a combined no-hitter by three New Orleans pitchers, Scott Copeland allowed eight runs in 1.1 innings Wednesday against the Iowa Cubs in Metairie.
The Cubs (7-7) tied the four-game series 1-1 against the Baby Cakes (5-9).
Center fielder John Andreoli led off the first and second innings with home runs, and catcher Taylor Davis hit a grand slam in a five-run second inning, as Iowa took an 8-0 lead.
“The last time we faced him, he no-hit us, so we were eager to get out there and try to do something against him,” Andreoli said. “He's a great pitcher; obviously he wasn't on this day.
“We know he has good stuff and he likes to get ahead, so we were looking to get ahead in the count. We were able to do that in the first two innings.”
Cubs starter Seth Frankoff held the Baby Cakes to one hit in 4.1 innings. The only hit was Destin Hood's one-out infield single in fourth.
In the no-hitter April 14 at Iowa, Copeland threw just 63 pitches. Wednesday, he threw 61 in just over an inning, but just 36 strikes, and only three strikes on first pitches.
Iowa had five extra-base hits among its eight against Copeland.
“It just looked like they'd seen him before, and his command was not as good as the last time, and he got behind in his pitches,” Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said.
CATCHER PAULINO ACTIVATED
It's been a long time coming for Carlos Paulino, who has been waiting to play since spring training.
Paulino, 27, who injured his left thumb playing the Dominican Winter League, finally was activated for Wednesday's game. He pinch-hit in the seventh inning with no outs and singled to left, driving in shortstop Peter Mooney with the Baby Cakes' second run.
“He's a good defensive catcher with a good arm, and he has a lot of experience,” Beyeler said. “You see how, when he comes into the game, how he commands the game and runs the game, similar to when we got (Carlos) Corporan last year. Just a veteran guy who's pretty good at (calling pitches) and knows how to handle a pitching staff.”
To make room for Paulino, right-hander Severino Gonzalez was sent to Double-A Jacksonville. He was 0-2 with a 9.35 earned-run average in 8.2 innings in three games, including two starts.
Wednesday marked the first time in six games in which Iowa did not allow 10 or more hits. The Cakes had six after breaking loose with 15 on Tuesday. New Orleans didn't get its second hit until Mooney led off the seventh with an opposite-field single to left field. ... Andreoli played in the World Baseball Classic for Italy, which many pundits had given a chance to have a shot at the championship. ... Wednesday was Businessman's Special Day, which was the reason for the noon start. ... The Cakes are in the midst of 15 consecutive games against Iowa and Omaha.