Shortstop Kyle Wren hit a two-run single in a three-run second inning, pacing Colorado Springs to a 10-2 win over New Orleans on Saturday.
The Sky Sox (77-53) took a 2-1 series lead, ending the Baby Cakes' home series winning streak at six.
The Baby Cakes (53-77) answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Christian Colon singled, and right fielder Brett Phillips' throwing error enabled Jake Elmore to score. Colon later scored on Austin Nola's sacrifice fly.
The Cakes had a chance to score in the fifth, but with the bases loaded, Elmore struck out on a foul-tip.
Colorado Springs sealed the victory with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh, including a solo home run by Chris Colabello.
Hard to get out
Sky Sox first baseman Colabello has been a difficult out for the Cakes. He has reached base in 11 of 13 at-bats against New Orleans.
When Colabello flied out to right field in the first inning Saturday, it ended a stretch he which he'd reached base in nine consecutive at-bats against the Cakes, getting six hits and three walks. His streak actually was at 10, going back to his final plate appearance in the Sky Sox's previous series at home against Oklahoma City.
The Pacific Coast League record is 14 in a row set in 2008. Before the game, Colabello, 34, who has had 727 at-bats in the Major Leagues with Minnesota and Toronto, viewed his streak as just one of those quirky things that happen during a baseball season.
“In April, I was hitting the ball but couldn't get anything to drop in,” he said. “I'd reached base in nine straight games in spring training in 2014. I just want to contribute to the team winning, whether it's getting a hit or making a good fielding play or a good throw.”
He had a key hit in the series' first game on Thursday. In the sixth inning, he got a one-out single past shortstop that put runners on first and second. Right fielder Brett Phillips followed with a single that plated the game's only run.
He also had a key hit the next day in the sixth, a bases-loaded infield hit that drove in the Sky Sox's first run on the way to a four-run inning that gave them a 4-3 lead.
Colabello batted 7-for-10 during the on-base streak. However, in his past 10 games, he's hitting .344 after seeing his season get a boost. In early July, batting .225 with Triple A Columbus, he and the parent Indians agreed to part. He signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, who assigned him to Colorado Springs. He's hitting .299.
Colabello has learned to take things in stride. He played his first seven years in independent ball.
“I played with guys who had been to the Major Leagues, and my eyes told me that I was as good as those guys,” he said. “Minnesota signed me after that. I've gotten the chance to play the game I love at the highest level.”
In 2015, he hit .321 (107 for 333) in 101 games with the Toronto Blue Jays, with 15 home runs, 19 doubles, 54 RBIs and 55 runs.
“That was a good year,” he said.
One to help keep things in perspective.
Heading into Saturday, the Cakes needed to go 7-3 in their final 10 games to avoid the fifth 80-loss season since the franchise came to New Orleans. The former Zephyrs lost 80 games or more in 1996 (54-84), '99 (55-85), 2009 (63-80) and 2013 (72-72). … The Cakes also are 13-8 in August and looking to have their first winning month this season.