The New Orleans Baby Cakes' series opener against El Paso on Thursday was postponed because of rain.

The teams will play a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday. Both games will be seven innings.

Baby Cakes officials announced at near the 7 p.m. scheduled start time that Thursday's game would be played at 8:45. They removed the tarp at 8:15 but had to put it back on when rain began falling again.

The Cakes (40-69), who have the worst record in the Pacific Coast League, have lost eight consecutive games, all on the road. However, they were 8-3 in their past 11 home games, winning their past two.


While the Baby Cakes were losing a season-high eight consecutive games on their just-completed road trip, Brandon Barnes received Kudos for his play. cited Barnes' efforts in the outfield with a highlight reel of spectacular catches. During the first series at Fresno, Barnes knocked down the center-field wall while running down a fly ball.

In the next series at Sacramento, he covered a lot of ground in making two diving catches. The River Cats tweeted a tip of the hat to Barnes for the catches.

“I just love playing baseball,” he said. “And if the ball is hit to the outfield, I believe it's supposed to be in my glove.

“I kind of knew I was a few steps from the wall when I caught the ball in Sacramento and ran into it. And, if I'd stayed there, the wall would have fallen on me.”

Barnes, who is batting .278, has been one of a few consistent Cakes this season. At 31 and with 12 years of professional experience, he is the team's leader.

The Cakes are trying to avoid having the worst record since the New Orleans Triple-A franchise moved from Denver in 1993. The franchise low is 55-85 in 1999.

“It's been a tough season,” Barnes said. “I tell the guys that this is the last month of the season. Let's have a strong finish. You're here (in Triple-A). You're still just one call away (from the majors).”

In the 0-8 road trip, Barnes went 9 for 30 (.300) with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs, including a 3-for-4 day Saturday against the River Cats. In his past 10 games, he has gone 13 for 38 (.342).

He said that's been the result of some mental adjustments he made during the All-Star break. He has gone 21 for 66 (.318) in 18 games since July 14.

“He's been consistent all year long; he's a great competitor,” manager Arnie Beyeler said. “He's done an outstanding job in the middle of the (batting) order. He plays hard every day. We've got three or four of those guys. We need nine.”


In going 11-17 in July, the Cakes had four consecutive losing months since the start of the season, the first time that has happened in franchise history.