New Orleans got a strong start on the mound from righty Tom Koehler Saturday night against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox but were never able to capitalize offensively falling 1-0 at The Shrine.

Kyle Wren launched a home run over the right field wall in the first at-bat for the Sox but Koehler kept the rest of the lineup in check. He allowed two hits with one earned run and struck out seven batters while throwing 67 strikes on 98 pitches in 6.1 innings.

Koehler gave way to Hunter Cervenka for an out before Javy Guerra and Brandon Cunniff took over for 1.1 and 1.0 innings, respectively. The crew only allowed two hits but the Cakes’ offense also sputtered mustering just five base knocks, four through the first seven frames.

Moises Sierra accounted for three of those hits with singles in the second, fourth and seventh frames. He finished a perfect 4 for 4 on the day after singling again with two outs and none on in the ninth.

The Baby Cakes left five runners on base in the game and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, which included a groundout with a runner on third in the eighth inning.

The series resumes Sunday at noon with Baby Cakes RHP William Cuevas scheduled to start against Sox RHP Taylor Jungmann.

Cakes rising

New Orleans pitcher Tom Koehler had his second straight strong outing after debuting for the Baby Cakes on June 13 against Round Rock. He allowed three hits in 3.1 innings in that matchup and allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts through 6.0 innings against the Sky Sox while giving up one run. Kohler also helped his own cause with a single up the middle in the bottom of the third.

Sierra accounted for two of the Baby Cakes’ three hits through the first 5.0 innings against Colorado Springs. He sent a single to center field to start the second inning and singled again towards third base in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Extra bases

A year ago to the day in 2006, Steve Watkins hurled 7.0 shutout innings, and Tyrell Godwin hit a grand slam to lead New Orleans to a 7-0 win over Oklahoma. Watkins yielded just two hits and struck out six to in his third straight decision.