Left fielder Renato Nunez led off the eighth inning with a triple to the right-field corner off reliever Hunter Cervenka, and third baseman Joey Wendle followed with a single to right for Nashville as the Sounds edged New Orleans 3-2 on Friday in Metairie.
Catcher Ramon Cabrera answered by leading off the bottom of the inning with a triple to right-center, but reliever Raul Alcantara got the next three batters out without the ball leaving the infield. The Baby Cakes went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
New Orleans (55-80) lost the first game for the fifth consecutive series, including the third in a row at home. The loss also marked the fifth time since the franchise moved to New Orleans in 1993 that the team has has lost 80 games in a season.
Marlins promote Anderson, Guerra
The Miami Marlins promoted two New Orleans Baby Cake players to the major league club as part of their September callups.
Third baseman Brian Anderson, the top hitting prospect in the Marlins' minor-league system, and pitcher Javy Guerra were notified after the Baby Cakes' 3-2 come-from-behind win Thursday night at Oklahoma City.
It was the first big-league callup for Anderson, who was scheduled to start at third base for the Marlins on Friday at San Francisco. Anderson was informed of the move after Thursday's game at OKC, which is located 14 miles from his hometown of Edmond. He also made his Triple-A debut on July 15.
“His family was in (OKC) for (Thursday's) game,” manager Arnie Beyeler said. “He was going to stay with them and then go to the airport (to New Orleans).
“One of the coolest things we get to do is send players to the big leagues for the first time. We're happy for him, and it's well-deserved. Hopefully, he can go up there and help them out.”
In 33 games with the Baby Cakes, Anderson batted .339 (40-for-118) with eight home runs, seven doubles and 26 RBI. He hit a Pacific Coast League-leading .400 (24-for60) in August and also led the league in on base-percentage (.479).
He was called up even though it starts the clock ticking toward arbitration, which the Marlins were not ready to do. The Marlins, though, are fifth in the race for two wild-card spots and had lost four consecutive games heading into Friday. They are hoping Anderson's power bat can give them a jolt.
However, this amounts to a dress rehearsal for Anderson. Starting third baseman Martin Prado has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a knee injury and had arthroscopic surgery on July 28. Miguel Rojas, Mike Aviles and Derek Dietrick, who has been in the lineup for most of the season due to Marlins injuries, have rotated at third base.
The Marlins, though, reportedly were close to trading Prado when he became injured. The Boston Red Sox reportedly had called the Marlins about a trade.
The Cakes and Sounds were to play a doubleheader Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m., the first game a makeup of a rainout on July 22. However, with both teams out of the race for a playoff berth, the parent organizations decided to have just one game at 4, and the Pacific Coast League signed off on it. Sources said the start of the college football season, with LSU playing at the Superdome on Saturday night and on national television, also figured into it as far as attendance at the Shine on Airline. … A Marlins source said the team might call up more players after the Sept. 4 season finale. However, calling up more now would have depleted a minor league system that is not awash in talent. The Marlins didn't want to promote players from Double-A Jacksonville to replace Baby Cakes players called up because the Jumbo Shrimp are in a playoff battle. Dylan Peters, Miami's top pitching prospect, was promoted to the Marlins and was to start Friday. … Beyeler said outfielder Brandon Barnes is expected to return in this series from an oblique injury. He was not in the lineup Friday.