Down on the Farm Report for the Miami Marlins: May 30th:
Triple-A: Round Rock Express (29-24) @ New Orleans Zephyrs (24-28)
Gil Velazquez, SS: 1-for-2, BB
Jake Smolinski, LF: 1-for-3, SO
Jared Rogers, SP: 5.0 IP, 5 H, BB, 5 SO
James Leverton, RP: 2.0 IP, 2 H, ER, SO, HR
The lone run scored in the first game of a double header for the Zephyrs was scored on a Yangervis Solarte home run in the sixth. Pitching was dominant the rest of the game, as the two teams combined to strike out 12 times. The game lasted seven innings, as did the second game.
Triple-A: Round Rock Express (30-24) @ New Orleans Zephyrs (24-29)
Kevin Kouzmanoff, DH: 3-for-4, 2B (3), 2 RBI
Kyle Skipworth, C: 1-for-2, 2B (1), RBI, R
Matt Neil, SP: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, HR
Jonathan Albaladejo, RP: 2.0 IP, 2 SO
The Zephyrs were able to put five runs on the scoreboard in the second game of the double header, but unfortunately, they were not able to keep the Express off the board enough to hold onto a victory. Matt Neil labored through his three innings of work, allowing six of the seven base runners to score.
Double-A: Jacksonville Suns (28-23) @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos (18-34)
Jake Marisnick, LF: 3-for-5, 2 HR (3), 9 RBI, 2 R, 2 SO
Christian Yelich, CF: 2-for-4, 3B (6), RBI, R, BB
Robert Morey, SP: 6.0 IP, 6 H, BB, 4 SO
Scott McGough, RP: 2.0 IP, 3 SO
Marisnick exploded for a huge offensive night, as he drove in nine of the eleven runs that the Suns scored on Thursday night. Both of Marisnick’s home runs were grand slams and they occurred in back-to-back innings, with the first being in the seventh inning.
Yelich picked up his sixth triple of the game as well as a second hit, as he showed sighs of bouncing out of his week and a half long slump. Yelich maybe picking the right time to heat up, as the Marlins may look to promote him soon after the super-two cut off date, which is expected to be sometime in mid-June.
High Class A: Jupiter Hammerheads (28-24) vs. St. Lucie Mets (29-22)
Brent Keys, LF: 2-for-5, R
Isaac Galloway, CF: 1-for-3, 2B (17), 2 RBI
Nathan Eovaldi, SP: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, SO
Nick Wittgren, RP: 1.0 IP, H, BB, SO, SV (12)
Eovaldi’s second start of the season did not fare as well as his first start. After striking out five in five innings last time out, Eovaldi could not finish five innings in this one. He allowed two runs on five hits and walked two hitters. Nathan could only strike out one hitter in this start. Though the results are not encouraging, the Marlins prefer Eovaldi build up his endurance and get ready to pitch in the majors.
Low Class A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (23-28) vs. West Virginia (28-25)
Jesus Solorzano, RF: 3-f0r-4, 3B (1), RBI, 2 R
Yordy Cabrera, SS: 3-f0r-5, HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI
Mason Hope, SP: 5.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 SO
Blake Logan, RP: 2.0 IP, H, 2 SO
Yordy Cabrera had his second consecutive game as the Grasshoppers offense continues to be on fire. As Placido Estevez pointed out yesterday in the comment section of the Minor League Report, Marlins fans should be thrilled for a live body as the acquisition for former closer Heath Bell.
Mason Hope delivered his second straight strong start, as he has pitched 10 innings, allowing just five hits and no runs. He has had much better control in these previous two starts, striking out eight and walking just two. Hope’s season ERA fell to 4.84. The Marlins hope for many more starts like this from Hope for the rest of the season.