The New Orleans Baby Cakes scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Round Rock Express with the help of two Express errors Thursday in Metairie.
The Baby Cakes (50-72) clinched a franchise record sixth consecutive home series win in winning for the ninth time in 12 games overall. It also was their 15th victory in their past 20 home games.
Christian Colon led off the ninth with a hard grounder that caromed off the glove of second baseman Phil Gosselin. After Peter Money followed with a double to right center, Austin Nola's grounder rolled between the legs of shortstop Jurickson Profar, plating both runners.
Nola advanced to third on a wild pitch on Steve Lombardozzi's strikeout. Eury Perez then hit an infield single to first base, scoring Nola with the winning run.
Anderson placed on DL
New Orleans Baby Cakes third baseman Brian Anderson was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a concussion.
Anderson was taken from Wednesday's game in the fourth inning after he was hit on the head while being forced out at second base as part of a 3-6-1 double play on a ground ball hit by catcher Ramon Cabrera. After the play, Anderson laid on the field until trainers came out and attended to him. He was not assisted from the game. Jake Elmore replaced him at third.
“(Anderson) slid into second base and got kicked in the head,” manager Arnie Beyeler said. “We took him out as a caution to check him out and see how he was doing.”
Beyeler said Anderson wasn't taken to the doctor after the game but that he would be evaluated Thursday.
Anderson, the top hitting prospect in the Marlins' organization, hit two singles in two at-bats Wednesday and has hit safely in nine consecutive games, his second such streak this season. During this one, he has gone 16-for-33 (.485) with two home runs and 10 RBIs.
In 27 games since being promoted to New Orleans from Double-A Jacksonville, Anderson is batting .354 with seven home runs, five doubles and 22 RBIs. He leads all Marlins minor league players with 21 home runs between Jacksonville and New Orleans.
With Anderson in the cleanup spot, the Cakes have gone 9-2. They are vying to win 56 games and avoid having the fewest wins (55, 1999) since the franchise moved to New Orleans new in 1993.
Koehler: Record is cool
Players are not always happy about reaching a milestone in the minor leagues. It's an accomplishment, but another way of looking at it is it means he's been there too long.
On Wednesday in Metairie, Tom Koehler became New Orleans' Triple-A affiliate's career strikeout leader. He passed Elih Villanueva by striking out Round Rock first baseman Ronald Guzman leading off the fourth inning, Koehler's fourth of the game.
Koehler, 31, has seen another former New Orleans player, Bryan Petersen, get razzed by teammates for becoming the franchise's all-time hits leader. Koehler, who pitched the past five seasons with the Miami Marlins, didn't get that treatment.
“I don't think guys knew what was going on,” he said. “A lot of them didn't know I played here a long time ago, so there was some confusion (when it was announced). A couple of them shook my hand, but that was about it.”
Koehler finished with seven strikeouts and has 327. He joked that he didn't really want the record, but since he's here, he may as well get it.
“There have been a lot of good pitchers who have come through and played with New Orleans, so to have the most strikeouts of anyone who has played here is pretty cool,” he said. “It's unfortunate that I had to come from the big leagues after not being here for five years to get it. I think it's something, when my career is over with, that I'll appreciate more than I do today.”
Koehler came to the Baby Cakes on June 13 after a stint at the Marlins' Jupiter, Florida, rehab facility. He was called up June 30, but went 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA in 55⅔ innings. He walked 29 and gave up 15 home runs.
He was sent back to New Orleans on July 27 and has a 1-1 record with a sparkling 1.91 ERA in six starts spanning 37⅔ innings. He allowed one or now runs in five starts and has been a plus as a struggling team has won nine of its past 12 games of late.
“I'm just trying to clean up my delivery and get it back to being comfortable to where it was when I was doing well in the big leagues,” he said. “(Having the record) is cool, it's neat, but like everybody else, my goal is to be doing that at the next level.”