Right fielder Kyle Tucker hit a three-run double in the eighth inning off reliever Jumbo Diaz, breaking open a one-run game and giving Fresno a 5-1 victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes and the series win Friday in Metairie.
The Grizzlies (40-27), the Houston Astros affiliates who lead the Pacific Northern Division, won their 11th series of the season against three losses and three ties.
New Orleans (31-26) cut the Grizzlies' lead to 2-1 when Austin Dean led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple and scored on Eric Campbell's one-out grounder to second base.
Second baseman Jack Mayfield's two-out single in the top of the seventh scored Tucker from third, giving Fresno a 2-0 lead. Designated hitter AJ Reed homered leading off the second inning.
The Baby Cakes continue their seven-game homestand with four games against the Sacramento River Cats (Giants) beginning Saturday.
Adames heats up
New Orleans Baby Cakes infielder Cristhian Adames has been on a tear of late.
Before, going 0-for-4 in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies, Adames had gone 15-for-24 (.625) during a six-game hitting streak going back to the Baby Cakes' 4-3, series-winning home victory against American Southern Division leader Memphis on June 3.
“I've just been working, nothing too much, but you see the results coming in the games,” he said. “I've been in the (batting) cage, trying to work on my back leg, staying back, keeping my balance before I swing. But I'm hitting good right now.”
During the Baby Cakes' recent road trip to Las Vegas and Salt Lake, in which they went 3-4, Adames went 10-for-16. In New Orleans' only win, 16-4 on June 6, in the three-game Las Vegas series (1-2), he went 4-for-6 with three doubles.
Adames, 26, who played the past two seasons with Albuquerque, said he relished returning to the West.
“You can just swing free,” he said. “It's a little different here (Shrine on Airline). You have to go the opposite way a lot, things like that.”
Adames is hitting .285. He has not had big swings in his production. He has not gone hitless more than two consecutive games, which he has done five times. On the flip side, he has had hitting streaks of four, five, three, four and six in his recent good stretch.
Adames signed with the Colorado Rockies as an undrafted free agent in 2007 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has played parts of the past four seasons with the Rockies, a total of 166 games. He smiles when the hit/hitless streak numbers are mentioned.
“Consistency,” he says. “That's what (Major League teams) like. You have to keep working and focus on every game, stay out of the slumps.”
For Friday's game, the Baby Cakes wore their Crawdaddy jerseys, which is from the TV series “Brockmire.” The Grizzlies wore their Tacos jerseys for only the second road game ever. They wore them last season at Albuquerque. They will wear them again during their next series at Round Rock. Fresno wears the jerseys as its alter-ego at home every Tuesday as part of a team promotion. The jerseys are white with horizontal stripes of orange, yellow and shades of green, including lime. … When Magneuris Sierra stole second base during the first inning of Thursday's game, it was his 10th steal of the season. That made the Cakes the only team in the Pacific Coast League this season with three players having double-figure steals. Isaac Galloway has 15 and Rafael Ortega 11. Colorado Springs and Tacoma are the only other teams with as many as two players with double-digit steals.