Down on the Farm Report for the Miami Marlins: June 30th:
As the Z’s drop another game, the Suns and Grasshoppers follow their big leagues footsteps with walk-off victories.
New Orleans Zephyrs (41-43) @ Round Rock Express (48-36)
Kyle Skipworth, C: 2-for-4, SO
Kyle Jensen, LF: 1-for-4, 2 SO
Duane Below, SP: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 SO
Jordan Smith, 1.1 IP, 3 H, ER, SO
Duane Below had a strong start until he imploded in the seventh inning, allowing three runs to let the Express run away with a close game. The Z’s offense never got anything going in this game, striking out six times and being held hitless by after the sixth inning.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (31-50) @ Jacksonville Suns (42-37)
Danny Black, SS: 4-for-6. 2 R, SO
Taylor Krick, C: 3-for-5, R, RBI, SO
Sam Dyson, SP: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 SO
Grant Dayton, RP: 2.0 IP, H, BB, 5 SO
After Edgar Olmos blew the Suns lead in the ninth inning, the team was able to rebound and celebrate a walk-off hit-by-pitch when catcher Krick took one for the team. Danny Black had a great day, collecting four hits for the game and scoring two runs. Grant Dayton had an impressive evening, picking up the win and five strikeouts in just two innings of work.
High Class A:
Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-42) @ Jupiter Hammerheads (40-37)
Low Class A:
Delmarva Shorebirds (35-43) @ Greensboro Grasshoppers (39-41)
Blake Barber, DH: 3-for-5, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R
Matt Juengel, 3B: 1-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 R
Mason Hope, SP: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Hope was a little better this time out, striking out five and only walking three, but he allowed seven hits and four runs (two earned). He still has not lived up to the organization’s expectations in 2013 and should see his prospect status fall. Juengel and Barber both went deep in the win for the Grasshoppers.
Short Season Ball
State College Spikes (7-6) @ Batavia Muckdogs (6-6)
J.T. Riddle, 3B: 2-for-3, 2 2B (2), R
Austin Dean, LF: 0-for-3, 3 SO, BB
Trevor Williams, 3.0 IP, 3 H, ER, SO
Justin Jackson, RP: 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 SO
Trevor Williams, the Marlins second round pick, made his second appearance of the season. While his ability to miss bats is still lacking after making his pro debut, he has done a decent job of limiting the damage. If he continues to pitch well with the Muckdogs, he could see action with the Hammerheads by the end of the season.