Down on the Farm Report for the Miami Marlins: June 23rd:
Joe Mahoney went deep as the Z’s clinged to a close win, Alvarez dominated with his arm and bat, Keys picked up two hits despite a loss, the Grasshoppers dropped a close game that involved five home runs, and the Muckdogs were one hit in a loss.
New Orleans Zephyrs (39-39) vs. Nashville Sounds (26-51)
Jake Smolinski, LF: 3-for-3, BB
Joe Mahoney, 1B: 2-for-4, 2B (6), HR (1), RBI, R
Brian Flynn, SP: 1.1 IP, 2 BB, SO
Chris Hatcher, RP: 1.0 IP, SV (24)
Mahoney hit his first home run of the season, which tied the game at 1 a piece in the sixth inning. Bryan Petersen then drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Brian Flynn started the game for the Z’s, but after a 90-minute rain delay, he did not return to the game. Hatcher picked up his Southern League leading 24th save of the season.
Huntsville Stars (30-42) @ Jacksonville Suns (37-34)
Chris Gutierrez, 2B: 2-for-4, 2 2B (2), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SO
Henderson Alvarez, SP: 2-for-3, HR (1), 3 RBI, R, SO
: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 SO
Jordan Conley, RP: 1.0 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Have your self a day, Henderson Alvarez. Making his first rehab start with the Suns (third overall), Alvarez shined all over the place for the Suns. He struck out six hitters and allowed just three hits in his 6+ innings of work. Alvarez also provided all the offense he needed with a home run of his own in the third inning. The Suns score six runs total in that third inning.
After a disappointing first half, the Suns are 4-1 in the second half and are currently atop the South division.
High Class A:
Jupiter Hammerheads (37-35) @ Charlotte Stone Crabs (31-40)
Ryan Goetz, CF: 2-for-3, RBI, BB
Brent Keys, LF: 2-for-4, 2 R, BB
Jake Esch, SP: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, HR
James Nygren, RP: 2.0 IP, H, SO
Despite another big game for Brent Keys, reached base three times, the Hammerheads were not able to muster up enough offense to get past the Stone Crabs. Jupiter scored in four consecutive innings, from the 2nd to the 5th, but were shutout the rest of the game. A three run sixth gave the Crabs control of the game.
Low Class A:
Greensboro Grasshoppers (34-39) @ Hickory Crawdads (42-32)
Yordy Cabrera, 3B: 2-for-4, HR (11), RBI, R
Viosergy Rosa, DH: 1-for-3, HR (15), RBI, R, BB
Daniel Oliver, SP: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR
Blake Logan, RP: 3.0 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, HR
The long-ball played both the ally of the Grasshoppers as well as the enemy. The Crawdads hit two homers off starter Oliver in the first two innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead. A Rosa homer in the fifth brought the Hoppers within 1 and Cabrera’s second straight day with a homer tied the game in the seventh. A late home run by Ryan Rua, his 24th, put the game away for the Crawdads.
Batavia Muckdogs (3-4) @ Williamsport Crosscutters (3-4)
Luis Ortiz, 2B: 1-for-4, HR (1), RBI, R, SO
Helpi Reyes, SP: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Miguel Del Pozo, RP: 2.0 IP, H, 3 SO
Helpi Reyes was knocked around in his three innings of work and a late home run from Luis Ortiz was the only reason the Muckdogs were able to avoid being shutdown.