Shortstop Peter Money hit the first home run in New Orleans Baby Cakes' history on April 8 against the Memphis Redbirds at the team's field in Metairied.
He didn't hit another one until this past Sunday — at Memphis. However, that started somewhat of a barrage. Mooney homered in the final three games of a four-game series in which the Baby Cakes (52-75) gained a split with the best team in the Pacific Coast League.
“I would be the last person to try to hit home runs,” Mooney, 5-foot-6, 155 pounds, said before Thursday's series opener against Colorado Springs.
“I was just getting good hitter's counts. The balls were over the plate, and I got good swings on them.”
Mooney will remember one of the home runs for the rest of his life. That came Monday, right after the solar eclipse.
“The sky became darker; it was weird and cool at the same time,” Mooney said. “I'd never seen anything like that. I was the first one to hit right after the total eclipse, leading off the next inning.
“I didn't even put that all together. But when I saw it on Twitter, about the timing of it all, I thought that was cool.”
It was his fourth home run of the season, all against Memphis. The total matches his output of last season.
In his past 10 games, he is batting .275 (11-of-40) with seven extra-base hits — three homers and four doubles — and seven RBIs.
“I haven't made any real adjustments or anything,” he said. “You don't want to put any extra pressure on yourself. Just let it sort itself out.”
Mooney is batting .220. However, from June 13 to July 16, he increased his average by 65 points to .219.
He is an excellent fielder, and that, he said, helps him cope with his lack of offense sometimes.
“He has good range and a strong arm,” Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said. “He did well in training camp and has done a good job all season.”
Mooney was drafted in the 21st round by Toronto in 2011 from South Carolina. However, right shoulder surgery ended one season, and a dislocated ankle and broken shin ended another.
He spent 2015 in independent ball, before the Marlins signed him in 2016. He then made the Double-A All-Star team.
“That was the turning point in my career,” he said. “I wasn't supposed to be an every-day guy. I was there to fill out the roster and help guys out when they needed a day off. But I came in and got the job done.”
Third baseman Brian Anderson was activated Thursday after being cleared from his concussion protocol. Anderson was kneed in the head at second base during a double play on Aug. 16 vs. Round Rock and had been on the disabled list since. He is batting a team-leading .354, including .484 (15-of-33) in his past 10 games heading into Thursday.