While the Miami Marlins were coughing up another eighth inning lead, their minor league feeder system were busy going 2-2.
Jacob Turner, who was designated for assignment on April 8th, was sent outright to the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Single-A South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Augusta Greenjackets 5
After starting the season with a three-game win-streak, the Grasshoppers (3-3) have now matched it with a three-game slump. With 7,785 in attendance at First National Bank Field, the Greenjackets earned a 5-2 win.
Brady Puckett (1-1, 3.00) took the loss, striking out eight in six innings of work. He allowed the first four Jackets (5-2) runs, earning a 54 GameScore and getting 55-of-76 pitches over the plate. Remey Reed whiffed four in three relief innings. Reed allowed just one hit, a solo homer to Ryan Kirby. Olbis Parra (1-0, 3.38) earned the win for Augusta.
With the score knotted at two apiece, the Greenjackets hit the decisive blow in the sixth. After a leadoff Logan Baldwin double, Malique Ziegler knocked him in with a triple. Heliot Ramos followed him with an RBI-single.
Augusta added a run in the top of the ninth on the Kirby (2) round tripper.
Advanced-A Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 6, Clearwater Threshers 4
With 1,675 in the house at Spectrum Field, the Hammerheads (5-2) clinched a three-game series against the Threshers (1-6).
Ethan Clark was sharp, and gave up only one hit in his start, covering four innings. He struck out four and walked two, earning a 62 GameScore and getting 30-of-49 over the plate. Dylan Lee (2-0, 0.00) earned the win with two scoreless relief innings. Kyle Keller (1) earned a four-out save.
Clark and Connor Seabold (0-1, 5.23) matched zeroes for the first several innings. Seabold whiffed nine Sharks in 5 1/3 innings, and gave up three walks and two hits. Although he left with the score still knotted at zero, John Silviano made him pay for the inherited runners. Silviano knocked in Stone Garrett and Riley Mahan with a single. Boo Vazquez (1) followed with a three-run homer to give Jupiter a 5-0 lead.
Clearwater made it interesting by scoring four in the eighth. Jose Gomez led off with a double against reliever Parker Bugg. After a Kevin Markham single and a Luke Williams walk loaded the bases, Bugg struck out Arquimedes Gamboa and Mickey Moniak to nearly escape damage. Reliever Keller then allowed all three inherited runners to score on a Darick Hall single and an error by Rodrigo Ayarza. Ayarza made up for his error in the bottom of the inning on a Garrett single, and Keller made up for the runs with a perfect ninth to seal the win.
Garrett and Silviano led the Hammerheads with two hits each. Mahan hit a triple. The Threshers and the Hammerheads each collected seven hits.
Double-A Southern League
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 9, Mobile BayBears 5
There were 6,960 in the house at the Jumbo Shrimp (2-4) home opener. Jacksonville treated them to a 9-5 win over the Mobile BayBears (3-3).
Kyle Barrett opened the scoring in the third with an RBI-single. The Shrimp busted it wide open with a crooked number in the fourth.
Austin Dean opened the inning with a single, then moved to third on Monte Harrison‘s single. After a Harrison stolen base and a Brian Schales walk, Rodrigo Vigil drew a bases-loaded, no-out walk to make it 2-0. Chris Diaz followed with a two-run single, then Barrett got an RBI on a fielders choice. Isan Diaz walked, John Norwood struck out, and Eric Jagielo scored Diaz on a groundout. Dean closed the inning with another single, but Jagielo got thrown out at third just after Barrett crossed the plate for a 7-0 lead.
Mobile scored a pair in the fifth on a Matt Thaiss single, but the Shrimp got it back on a Vigil (1) two-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
Mobile added a run in the sixth on a Diaz error, and two more in the seventh on a Taylor Ward double.
The Shrimp outhit the Bears, 13-to-7. Dean finished with four singles. Barreto, Harrison, and Vigil had two hits each.
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Triple-A Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7
At Security Service Field, 1,465 watched their hometown Sky Sox (5-1) deal the Baby Cakes (4-3) a 7-2 loss. Scott Van Slyke went two-for-three, raising his early season average to .474.
Zac Gallen (1-1, 1.50) pitched passably well, earning a 54 GameScore in six innings of work. He put 55-of-84 in the strike zone, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out four.
The Sox scored on a Christian Bethancourt single in the first and a Brandon Woodruff single in the second. The score remained, 2-0 until the top of the sixth, when Isaac Galloway scored on a Van Slyke single.
Colorado Springs got it back right away, on a Keon Broxton (3) solo shot to left-center. Not content with a 3-1 lead, the Sky Sox added four more in the eighth. Sharif Othman gave the Cakes too little too late with an RBI-double in the bottom of the ninth.
Colton Murray‘s second appearance was a lot like his first, unfortunately for the Baby Cakes. He allowed five runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings. He gave up four hits, and lowered his ERA from 81.00 to 32.40.
Nestor Bautista (0-0, 0.00) will start a road match tomorrow against the Hagerstown Suns at 6:05PM.
The Hammerheads will complete their three game series against the Threshers at 7PM.
Nick Neidert (0-0, 7.36) will start for the Jumbo Shrimp at home in game two of five against the BayBears at 7:05PM.
At 8:40PM, the Baby Cakes will try to salvage one-of-three in Colorado Springs. They’ll start Miami Marlins #3 prospect Sandy Alcantara (0-0, 1.93).
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