Baseball bats sit on the bench in the New Orleans Baby Cakes dugout during the opening night of the New Orleans Baby Cakes triple AAA baseball team against the Memphis Redbirds in Metairie, La., Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Advocate Staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER


Kaleb Cowart doubled over the head of New Orleans center fielder Isaac Galloway, scoring Erick Young Jr. from first base in the sixth inning for the game's only run Tuesday at the Shrine on Airline.

It gave Salt Lake (23-16), which has won seven of its past eight games, a 2-0 lead in the four-game series. The Baby Cakes (13-25) lost for the fourth time in five games.

Bees starter Parker Bridwell (2-0) shut out the Cakes on one hit over seven innings, besting New Orleans' Scott Copeland (3-4), who scattered seven hits in 7.2 innings. Two relievers held the Baby Cakes without a hit. The one hit tied a season low for the Baby Cakes, who had one hit at Omaha on April 16.

Lombardozzi in limbo

With injuries hitting the Miami Marlins' infield, the team claimed shortstop/second baseman Christian Colon off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

That resulted in Baby Cakes infielder Steve Lombardozzi being designated for assignment and taken off Miami's 40-man roster to provide a spot for Colon, who is with the Marlins now.

Reliever Brian Ellington, who had been called up on May 7, was sent back to New Orleans. Suddenly, Lombardozzi, the Baby Cakes' leadoff hitter, is in limbo. He has until Friday to be claimed by another team.

If he isn't claimed, he can return to the Marlins/Baby Cakes but will not be on the 40-man roster, which is an easier path to the big leagues over those who are not on the 40-man roster. He also can become a free agent.

Lombardozzi has batted .250 in 29 games but has struck out just 11 times and is second on the team with five stolen bases and has played every infield position. He hit his first home run in Monday's game.

“(Lombardozzi) is a veteran player with a big-league pedigree and was just a good leader on this team,” Baby Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said before Tuesday's game against Salt Lake. “He plays all over the field, he's a switch-hitter who gives you good at-bats. He's a solid player.”

New Orleans baseball fans have seen Colon, who split time the past three seasons between City and Triple A Omaha. He got the World Series' winning hit for the Royals against the New York Mets in 2015.

Extra bases

Beyeler said center fielder Isaac Galloway will replace Lombardozzi in the leadoff spot. “He's battled back, hit .405 in Double A and he's the Player of the Week (May 8-14). He deserves it,” Beyeler said. … Ellington had appeared in two games with Miami, allowing two runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. … The back-to-back home runs by Lombardozzi and Brandon Barnes in Monday's game were the first by New Orleans against Salt Lake in that team's history. They became the second Baby Cakes teammates this season to hit back-to-back homers, joining Moises Sierra and Matt Juengel on Thursday at Reno. Like that game, Monday's game also was the second time this season New Orleans hit four home runs.

Baby Cakes vs. Salt Lake Bees

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday

WHERE: The Shrine on Airline

RADIO: Fox Sports 1280-AM

STARTING PITCHERS: RH Odisramer Despaine (0-2, 4.15) vs. RH Daniel Wright (1-1, 12.41)