Left fielder Destin Hood hit a home run and a double, and catcher Tomas Telis sealed a 4-2 victory with a solo homer in the eighth inning Thursday at the Shrine on Airline.
The victory averted a sweep by Salt Lake (24-17) and was only the second win in seven games for New Orleans (14-26).
Hood's two-out homer in the first with Nick Noonan on staked the Baby Cakes to a 2-0 lead. The Bees tied the score with two runs in the third with the aid of a fielding error by Baby Cakes shortstop Peter Mooney.
However, Hood led off the fourth with a double to left and scored on Moises Sierra's one-out single past third base.
New Orleans starter Stephen Fife scattered five hits in six innings and didn't allow an earned run. Hunter Cervanka and closer Drew Steckenrider allowed one hit in three innings of relief.
Manager Arnie Beyeler was ejected for vehemently protesting Mooney's error, arguing that base runner Tony Sanchez intentionally blocked Mooney from fielding the ball.
Galloway to miss time
Baby Cakes center fielder Isaac Galloway said Thursday he will miss four to six weeks with a Grade II sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
“It's good news. It could have been a lot worse,” said Galloway, who was placed on the disabled list. “I'm happy it wasn't too, too serious, and I don't have to have surgery.”
The injury occurred with one out in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday against Salt Lake. Galloway, who led off with a single to left, was on third base when Destin Hood hit a hard grounder to third base.
Galloway broke for home, but Bees third baseman Kaleb Cowart made the throw to catcher Tony Sanchez, who blocked the plate. Galloway slid into his shin guards, then laid near the plate clutching the knee. He thought his ACL may have been torn.
“I heard a pop, so it was pretty scary,” he said.
He immediately was taken to an orthopedic center near the ballpark, where he was X-rayed. He later was taken back for an MRI, he said. He received the news on the status of the injury Thursday morning.
Galloway was selected the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week for May 8-14 after going 10-for-29 (.417) with five home runs in five road games at Tacoma and Reno.
He had been sent down to Double A Jacksonville after hitting .172 in his first 18 games with the Baby Cakes. However, he hit .405 at Jacksonville and was brought back to New Orleans after outfielder Matt den Dekker opted out of his contract on May 1.
“It's still a long season, and I was happy where I was at (hitting-wise),” Galloway said. “I'm looking forward to coming back and finishing the season.”
He had season-ending injuries in 2010 (lacerated kidney) and 2012 (broken elbow).
Infielder Steve Lombardozzi cleared waivers and has re-signed with the Marlins. He will return to his spot as the Baby Cakes' leadoff hitter. Lombardozzi was designated for assignment Tuesday after the Marlins claimed Christian Colon off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. Galloway became the leadoff hitter after that transpired. … Outfielder Chad Hinshaw was added to the Baby Cakes roster. Hinshaw, who was in the Angels system, was in extended spring training. He is coming off two seasons with Double A Arkansas that were cut short by injury. … New Orleans will host Las Vegas (Mets affiliate) for a four-game series beginning Friday. The teams are meeting for the first time this season. The 51s entered Thursday's games at 16-24, eight games out in last place in the Pacific Southern Division. Two top prospects are shortstop Amed Rosario (.365, fourth in PCL) and first baseman Dominic Smith (.317, 24th).
Baby Cakes vs. Las Vegas 51s
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday
WHERE: Shrine on Airline
PITCHING MATCHUPS: RH Vance Worley (2-5, 4.43) vs. RH Ricky Knapp (1-4, 5.98)
Radio: Fox Sports 1280-AM