Miami Marlins: April 7th Fish Farm Report
On a hard day for the parent team in Philadelphia, there were three other games to be played in the Miami Marlins organization.
Dustin McGowan signed a minor league deal with the Marlins.
2B Justin Twine was moved from the Jupiter Hammerheads to the Batavia Muckdogs.
High-A Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 7
1,136 took in the action at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on Saturday evening. Robert Dugger got his first start as part of Miami’s organization and turned in a quality start. Those are in short supply up and down Miami’s system. Dugger got 55-of-83 pitches over the plate and racked up a 55 GameScore. He struck out four and surrendered three runs on five hits in six frames. I’m not sure of the scoring system that saddled him with the loss, though. The fourth (and winning) run was given up by reliever Zech Lemond in the eighth inning.
Miami’s 19th rated prospect, Joe Dunand opened the scoring in the first inning on a 4-3 RBI-groundout, and the Cards answered in the second with a Shane Billings RBI-single.
In the sixth, Dugger gave up a two-run homer to Chase Pinder (1) to give Palm Beach a 3-1 lead. In the seventh, Corey Bird got one back with an RBI-single to right field. Evan Mendoza reestablished Palm Beach’s two-run lead in the eighth on an RBI-double.
In the bottom part of the eighth, #20 Marlins prospect Riley Mahan scored Dunand on an RBI-double of his own to get the Hammerheads within a run.
Michael Mertz opened the ninth and allowed three runs on four hits without recording an out and setting the final 7-3 score.
Bird led the hit parade for the Sharks with three hits, and Dunand had a pair. The Cardinals outhit the Hammerheads by a 12-to-8 count.
Double-A Southern League
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Jackson Generals 2
A crowd of just 736 were on hand at The Ballpark at Jackson to see the Jumbo Shrimp get their first win of the season, a 3-2 victory over their hometown Generals.
Jeff Brigham (1-0) was in charge through his five inning start, limiting the Generals to two hits and a walk while racking up eight strikeouts.
Eric Jagielo scored Miami’s #2 prospect, Monte Harrison, on a two-out RBI-double in the first inning. In the third, Jagielo added a two-run shot (1) to run the score to 3-0, Shrimp.
That score remained until the seventh inning, when Esmerling De La Rosa gave a run to the Generals on a Jose Vinicio RBI-single. Marcus Crescentini earned his first save of the season despite allowing a run on two hits. He struck out two.
Shrimp pitching racked up 13 strikeouts on the day, as Jacksonville outhit Jackson 8-to-7. Austin Dean and Chris Diaz joined Jagielo with two hits each.
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Triple-A Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Nashville Sounds 1
At Shrine on Airline in Metairie, LA, the Jumbo Shrimp stopped the Nashville Sounds, 2-1 behind solid pitching.
Sandy Alcantara, Miami’s #3 prospect, got his first start in the Marlins system. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, striking out eight, walking three, and allowing one run on four hits.
Chris Mazza (1-0) earned the win, going 2 1/3 hitless innings, striking out two, and giving up a pair of walks. Nick Wittgren got his first save of the season, striking out two in his inning of work.
Nashville touched Alcantara early, on a Renato Nunez RBI-single in the first inning. The Cakes struck back with a bases loaded Rafael Ortega walk in the second and a Steve Lombardozzi error.
The Baby Cakes only managed three hits in the game, and were outhit by Nashville, 5-to-3. Scott Van Slyke, Cristhian Adames, and Ortega each hit a single.
At 1:00, the Jupiter Hammerheads will host the Palm Beach Cardinals for the fourth and final game of their series.
At 2:00, Ryan Lillie will get the start opposite A.J. Alexy as the Grasshoppers host the Crawdads in the final game of their three-game series.
Also at 2:00, the Baby Cakes will play Game Four of their five-game set against the Nashville Sounds. Tyler Cloyd will start against Eric Jokisch.
At 3:05, #16 Miami prospect Merandy Gonzalez will take on Justin Donatella as the Generals host the Jumbo Shrimp in Game Four of their five-game series.
Next: April 6th Fish Farm Report
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