New Orleans' scheduled series opener Tuesday against Round Rock was canceled because of rain.
With the season nearing its end, the game will not be rescheduled. It is the the fourth home game this month that has been postponed or canceled because of rain or wet grounds and the fifth since July 22.
“I wish we could get the game in, maybe have a doubleheader (Wednesday),” Baby Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said. “(General manager Augusto) 'Cookie' (Rojas) and the staff do all they can to get the games in, but we've really had a lot of rain the past few weeks.”
Wednesday's game will be played at 7 p.m.
Coming in hot
The Baby Cakes (48-72) have struggled most of the season.
However, they have won eight of their past 11 games since losing eight in a row on the road July25-Aug.1. They enter this series against Round Rock (56-64) having five consecutive home series topped off by winning three of four games at Colorado Springs in their most recent series, just their second road series win of the season.
“We've played hard all year and continued to grind, and things have started to fall our way,” Beyeler said. “We've gotten more two-out hits, more hits with runners in scoring position, and our back-end relievers have stepped up with (Drew) Steckenrider and (Hunter) Cervenka and some guys called up.”
In winning the first three games at Colorado Springs, the Baby Cakes batted 19-for-44 (.432). New Orleans went 0-for-8 in losing Game 4 in not getting its first series sweep of the season.
The Cakes are 2-10 against Round Rock this season, including a sweep at the hands of the Express on the road from July 17-20, part of a strech of six consecutive losses.
However, as the season nears its end, the Cakes need eight wins to avoid having the fewest in a season since the franchise moved here from Denver in 1993.
“Nobody wants to have the worst record,” Beyeler said. “And, these guys are athletes and competitors, and we've been winning some games lately. I'm sure they'll continue to try to win.”
The Marlins assigned infielder Jake Elmore to the Cakes on Tuesday. He was acquired from the Toronto Blues Jays, the second player in 11 days obtained for cash considerations, joining outfielder Eury Perez. Right-hander Clayton Mortenson started the season with New Orleans. He was 3-0 but had an 8.46 ERA in 22⅓ innings spanning 16 games through May 29 and was sent to Jacksonville. Elmore batted .231 this season with Triple A Buffalo of the International League. From 2012-16, he played in the major leagues with Arizona, Houston, Cincinnati, Tampa and Milwaukee. He played last season with Colorado Springs (.320 average) and has played in the PCL with Oklahoma City and Sacramento. “It's kind of funny (that) I was drafted (2007) by the Marlins out of junior college and turned it down,” Elmore said. “So, it's kind of come full circle. I'm from Birmingham, so I know New Orleans pretty well. I'm excited about the opportunity.”