Josh Rodriguez followed Travis Taijeron's one-out double with a home run to left field in the seventh inning against reliever Greg Nappo, lifting Las Vegas to 2-1 win on Friday at the Shrine on Airline.
It was played before an announced crowd of 11,807, second-most in Zephyrs/Baby Cakes history.
It was the sixth loss in seven home games for New Orleans (14-27). The 51s (17-25) had lost their past three games and 10 of 12.
The Baby Cakes took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when pinch hitter Chad Hinson blooped a two-out, opposite-field single down the right-field line that scored third baseman Nick Noonan, who had doubled with one out.
Baby Cakes starter Kelvin Marte had shut out the 51s on two hits over five innings. Nappo started the sixth.
Las Vegas' Ricky Knapp (2-4) went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, with one walk and four strikeouts.
51s have one of top shortstops
The Las Vegas 51s, who are playing the New Orleans Baby Cakes from Friday to Monday, have one of the top shortstops and overall prospects in baseball.
Amed Rosario, a 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic, is rated as minor league baseball's No. 3 shortstop and its No. 8 player overall by Baseball America. He is the No. 5-rated prospect by Major League Baseball.
In his first season in Triple A, Rosario is batting .366, fifth in the Pacific Coast League, with four home runs, three triples, 11 doubles, 29 RBIs and eight stolen bases, all of which lead the team.
In the 51s' 6-5 loss at home to Iowa on Thursday, Rosario went 2-for-5 with a homer and a triple, two RBI and two runs.
“He's electric, everything that he does, whether its defensively or offensively or even running the bases,” first-year 51s manager Pedro Lopez said Friday. “He brings a lot of energy to the game. The speed — the triples and doubles — is one thing, but it's a different sound when the ball comes off his bat. He's a special kid.”
Scouts at the Shrine on Airline say Rosario, who batted .341 in Double A last season, already should be with the parent New York Mets. They compare his situation to that of Kris Bryant, who wasn't called up from Iowa by the Chicago Cubs until after May 31, which didn't allow his clock toward arbitration to start ticking until the next season.
As good as Rosario is offensively, Lopez and the scouts says he may be more impressive in the field. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, he has tremendous range and a great glove.
“His hands are magical,” Lopez said.
Another scout said the Mets are just being smart with Rosario.
“They've got other options right now,” the scout said. “(Starting shortstop Asdrubal) Cabrera is hurt, but they have Jose Reyes, T.J. Rivera, who can play third, second and first, and Wilmer Flores, who plays second and first. But Rosario won't be in Triple A past September.”
Outfielder Brandon Barnes led off Friday's game. Steve Lombardozzi, in his second game back since clearing waivers, batted second. Lombardozzi has batted in the leadoff spot in 27 of 30 games in which he has played, including Thursday night. It was Barnes' second time leading off this season. … Matt Juengel's hitting streak increased to nine games Thursday, the longest hitting streak for a Baby Cakes player this season. Brandon Barnes had an eight-game streak from May 2-12. Juengel has hit .353 during the streak, getting a homer, a triple, four doubles and five RBIs. …. Catcher Tomas Telis was the Baby Cakes' leading hitter until the team's road trip May 6-14. He saw his average plummet to .223. On Thursday, however, he broke out of a 2-for-28 slide with his eighth-inning home run that sealed the 4-2 victory. The popular theory concerning Telis, considered stronger at the plate than behind it, is that he would prosper with an American League team, where he could be a designated hitter sometimes. However, this season, he is hitting .267 when playing a position compared with .083 – 2-for-24 – when used as a DH.