Scott Copeland scattered six hits over six innings, and the New Orleans Baby Cakes ended a season-high six-game losing streak Sunday with a 6-0 win over the Nashville Sounds at the Shrine on Airline.
The Baby Cakes (39-61) scored five runs with two outs in evening the series at 1-1 with the final game Monday.
Copeland (7-9) struck out eight and walked one in bouncing back from his worst outing of the season. He had given up 10 runs on 11 hits in four innings at Round Rock on July 17.
“My command was big-time,” Copeland said. “I went inside with the fastball and threw it for strikes, and my slider really helped off of that. They chased that, and that's where my strikeouts came from.
“You kind of have to put (the) bad outing behind you. Hopefully, there's always another game ahead of you.”
Reliever Keyvius Sampson allowed one hit in the seventh, and Javy Guerra didn't allow a hit and struck out two over the final two innings in preserving the Cakes' first shutout since July 9.
The win also prevented the Cakes from having the worst record after 100 games in franchise history.
Baby Cakes pitching coach Scott Budner seethes when it is mentioned that he, manager Arnie Beyeler and starting pitcher William Cuevas were ejected from the game in the third inning of Friday's series opener.
Cuevas had hit with a pitch Nashville middle infielder Franklin Barreto, the Oakland Athletics' top prospect, who had hit a 420-foot homer on the game's first pitch. Both are from Caracas, Venezuela.
After hitting Barreto in the third, Cuevas immediately was ejected, with no warning. Beyeler and Budner soon were tossed for having choice words for home plate umpire Clay Park.
However, the ejections are not what drew Budner's ire.
“(Cuevas) was not trying to hit him,” Budner said. “The plan was to pitch inside at that particular time, to run the ball in on his hands. You have to make the hitters a touch uncomfortable. Or, if they're real comfortable, they hit long home runs to center field if the ball is out over the plate.
“And, that's the disease that's happened in the game, because of the situation last night, which is pathetic. Pitchers have to pitch inside, and they have to pitch inside off the plate. If they are not allowed to do that, the hitters recognize it, they are going to dive, be comfortable, and this is what's happened in our game now.
“You're not allowed to pitch inside and intimidate hitters like you were before. This is why there's 700-foot home runs now and hitters are wailing away, and it's just absurd.”
Sunday's game started at 1:30 p.m., a half-hour later than scheduled, to give the the ground crew more time to get the field game-ready. It rained Sunday morning after Saturday's game was postponed because of heavy rain. … Monday's final game of the series has been changed from 11 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to better accommodate the Cakes' travel. On Tuesday night, they begin an eight-game road trip to Fresno and Sacramento. … Just before the All-Star break, Beyeler said center fielder Isaac Galloway (MCL sprain) was expected to rejoin the team soon. However, Beyeler said Saturday that Galloway, who has been playing games in Jupiter, Florida, had a setback, and his return no longer is imminent. Left fielder Destin Hood, who has a wrist injury, continues to have pain and is return remains uncertain.