Colorado Springs third baseman Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s error on Brian Anderson's hard grounder enabled Peter Mooney to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning and give the Baby Cakes a 5-4 victory Friday in Metairie.
DeJesus bobbled the grounder then made a throw that bounced to first base, which was beaten out by Anderson. Mooney beat first baseman Chris Colabello's throw home.
The victory tied the series 1-1, keeping alive New Orleans' hopes of extending its franchise record of consecutive home series won to seven.
Anderson also hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning that gave the Baby Cakes (53-76) a 3-0 lead. The Sky Sox (76-53) jumped on starter William Cuevas and reliever Clayton Mortensen for four runs in the sixth to take the lead.
The Baby Cakes sent the game into extra innings. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Moises Sierra scored on a wild pitch by reliever David Goforth.
With 10 games remaining, the Cakes now need three wins to avoid having or tying the franchise record for fewest wins in a season since it moved to New Orleans in 1993.
Colobello has reached base in 10 consecutive at-bats.
Ailing middle lineup
The New Orleans Baby Cakes' lack of punch stood out in Thursday's series opener against Colorado Springs, a 1-0 loss.
With center fielder Brandon Barnes out with a pulled oblique, left fielder Sierra hampered by a sore knee and third baseman Anderson playing his first game after going through concussion protocol, the Cakes were missing the middle of their batting order, which had been the case for more than a week.
“We're missing some guys, but we don't want to rush Barnes, and Sierra has been having issues with his knee for some time,” Manager Arnie Beyeler said. “We'd like him out there more, but the better he plays and runs around the bases, the more it affects the knee.”
A Marlins source said the parent club wants Barnes to be healthy for the September callups. He was injured on Aug. 11 in the Cakes' series opener at Colorado Springs.
Anderson was red hot, batting .484 over nine games before suffering a concussion two series ago against Round Rock. He played in his first game in eight days Thursday and went 0-for-3, striking out twice and leaving two runners stranded.
Most notable was that he reverted to a bad habit of swinging and missing outside breaking pitches, which he seemed to have corrected during his hot streak. Hitting coach Kevin Witt said he worked with Anderson in the batting cage Friday.
“Anytime you're used to playing, and you go three days without playing, it's tough for your timing,” Witt said. “His timing was real off. There are things we do in the cage. We shorten up our distance and then get farther with the (pitching) machine to help get that timing back where we need it.
“Missing the outside pitches has a lot to do with timing. Right now, he's (swinging) a little bit too soon.”
New Orleans is hitting .280 in August, fourth in the PCL this month. … The Cakes came into Friday not having committed an error in 87.2 innings. Their last error was in the second inning on Aug. 13 at Colorado Springs. They are fifth in the PCL in fielding (.980). … Former Cakes infielder Nick Noonan is with Colorado Springs. Noon was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Marlins on May 11 when infielders Martin Prado, Miguel Rojas and Adeiny Hechevarria all went on the DL. Milwaukee obtained him back on June 17 when second baseman Jonathan Villar went on the DL. Noonan is batting .263 in 78 games. Noonan played in 23 games with New Orleans, batting .156 (12-for-77) with one home run, two doubles eight RBI, 13 runs and 24 strikeouts. However, with the Sky Sox, he is hitting .310 (54-for-174) with two home runs, two triples, 12 doubles and 29 strikeouts.