Saturday's New Orleans Baby Cakes game against the Nashville Sounds was postponed after an early rain storm made the field unplayable.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 2, the season's final series. The postponed game will be played at 4 p.m., with the regularly-scheduled game at 7 p.m.
Saturday's game was called by the umpires at 4:17 p.m.
The teams will play at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Baby Cakes (38-61) seek to end a six-game losing streak, it's longest slide since dropping seven in a row last season from May 11-17. New Orleans had won eight of 10 games before the current losing streak.
Despaigne comes around
Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne will start Sunday and try to help the Cakes end the slide. With the rainout, for now it is also a pivotal game in the series after Nashville won Friday's opener.
Despaigne, who has bounced between starting and relieving with New Orleans, is 1-4, but has a 3.38 earned-run average.
“He has confidence, and he knows what he's doing,” pitching coach Scott Budner said of Despaigne, 30, who is from Havana, Cuba. “His biggest thing is he has to stay aggressive and attack the strike zone and attack hitters and get ahead of hitters. At times, he gets a little cute, a little tricky. He'll start picking the edges too much. That's when he gets in trouble.
“But when he stays aggressive, his stuff is very active and good and at the bottom of the strike zone.”
For the most part, Despaigne's performances have been consistent this season. Among 19 appearances, including nine starts, he has allowed a high of four runs once and three runs three times.
Of late, he has been particularly sharp. He shut out Omaha over five innings on July 6, starting New Orleans on a streak of seven wins in eight games before and right after the All-Star break. In his next start on July 18 at Round Rock, he allowed two runs on two hits in six innings, with one walk and five strikeouts.
“He wants the ball, whether it's as a starter or reliever,” Budner said. “And, the fact that he can do both and be a long reliever has value in the Major Leagues.”
Tayron Guerrero, a 6-foot-8 right-hander, pitched the ninth inning Friday in his first game with the Cakes after being promoted from Double A Jacksonville. According to official stats, Guerrero threw four wild pitches, which would have tied the franchise record for an entire game. The PCL record for a game is six. However, the wild pitches were changed from four to three after game tape was reviewed. One of them was ruled a passed ball by catcher Austin Nola on a swinging third strike.