Miami Marlins Minor League Report: Down on the Farm 5/2/18

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 22: JT Riddle
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 22: JT Riddle /
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The Miami Marlins lost to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, by a 6-0 final. In the meantime, their minor league feeder system posted a 2-2 night.

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RHP Tyler Kinley was returned to the Marlins from the Minnesota Twins, and assigned to the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

CF Braxton Lee was placed on the seven-day DL.

2B Johnny Giavotella was released from New Orleans.

C Tomas Telis cleared waivers and was sent to the Baby Cakes outright.

SS JT Riddle was optioned to the Baby Cakes.

The Cakes activated LHP Sean Burnett.

CF Aaron Knapp was promoted from the Greensboro Grasshoppers to the Jupiter Hammerheads.

CF Thomas Jones was promoted from the Batavia Muckdogs to the Grasshoppers.

Triple-A Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Round Rock Express 4

After a rough start to the season, LHP Adam Conley turned in his second quality start in a row. He pitched a Baby Cakes-high eight inning start, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk. He whiffed three, and dropped his ERA to 6.84. Conley earned a 62 GameScore and got 63-of-91 pitches into the strike zone. Sean Burnett, fresh off the DL, allowed a run in one inning of relief on three hits.

Round Rock (10-17) struck first, with a Tommy Joseph leadoff homer in the second inning. Eric Campbell scored in the bottom of the inning, on an Austin Dean RBI-single. Round Rock scored what would become the game-winner in the third inning, scoring twice on a Joseph two-RBI-single for a 3-1 lead.

In the sixth inning, Cristhian Adames scored on a fielding error by opposing first baseman Hanser Alberto. The Express put it away on Alberto’s RBI-single in the top of the ninth.

For the Baby Cakes (11-15), Rafael Ortega hit a single and a double. Campbell, Dean, and Cito Culver each collected a pair of singles. The team struck out a collective 14 times, “led” by Jonathan Rodriguez with four. New Orleans outhit Round Rock, 10-to-9. There were 2,198 in the house at Shrine on Airline. Read more here.

Double-A Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1, Biloxi Shuckers 2

The Biloxi Shuckers (16-10) hosted the Shrimp (12-13) and 1,688 fans at MGM Park. Nick Neidert (2-2, 3.71) earned the loss despite a quality outing.

Neidert tossed seven frames, striking out six and allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks. He pitched a 60 GameScore and got 66-of-95 pitches over the plate. Jorgan Cavanerio struck out two in his scoreless inning of relief.

The Shrimp were cruising to a blanking before top-prospect Monte Harrison scored in the ninth inning on a Eric Jagielo RBI-single. The Shrimp were outhit at the plate, 7-to-4. No Jacksonville player collected more than one hit.

High-A Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Daytona Tortugas 2 (11)

After opening his season with three not-quality starts, LHP Sean Guenther tossed his second in a row on Wednesday. With 1,070 in attendance at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the FSL North Division leading Hammerheads (19-7) asserted their dominance over South Division leading Daytona (17-9).

Guenther surrendered two runs on nine hits, striking out two and not walking anyone. 59-of-87 pitches were in the zone, for a 58 GameScore. Parker Bugg pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings, striking one out. Lukas Schiraldi struck out five in two innings, allowing a hit and a walk. Schiraldi hasn’t allowed a run yet this season. He’s holding opposing batters to a .103 average, and has struck out 14 in 12 innings. Dylan Lee (4-0, 0.79) earned the win after a perfect 11th inning.

Neither team scored until the top of the seventh. Daytona Carlos Rivero hit a two-out, two-RBI double to left field. In the top of the eighth, Roy Morales and Eric Gutierrez opened with back-to-back singles. Justin Twine knocked them both in with a double to left, eventually forcing the extra baseball.

In the 10th, Daytona started with Rivero on second base. Schiraldi then struck out everyone. John Silviano started the bottom of the inning at second, and was lifted for pinch-runner Rodrigo Ayarza. Morales moved Ayarza to third on a sacrifice bunt, then Gutierrez was called out on strikes. Knapp lined out to end it.

Lee replaced Schiraldi in the 11th, and Tyler Stephenson started in scoring position for the Tortugas. Mitch Nay grounded out, then Ibandel Isabel and Malik Collymore both whiffed with the runner on third.

Knapp started the bottom of the 11th on second base, then moved to third on a Ryan Hendrix wild pitch. Hendrix then intentionally walked Twine and Brian Miller. With the bases loaded, Riley Mahan won it in walkoff fashion with a single to left field.

Twine was the only Jupiter player to finish with more than one hit. He had a single and a double. The Tortugas outhit the Hammerheads, 10-to-7.

Single-A South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 10, Hagerstown Suns 8

With 2,831 on hand at First National Bank Field, the hosting Grasshoppers (14-10) defeated the Suns (8-18), 10-8.

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Ryan Lillie struck out five in 5 1/3 innings for Greensboro, finishing with a 34 GameScore. He allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks. Dustin Beggs (1-0, 3.12) earned the win despite blowing a save.

Thomas Jones (1) opened the scoring in the second inning with a three-run shot to right-center. Jhonny Santos (1) followed two batters later with a solo homer for a 4-0 lead. The Hoppers added a pair in the fourth on a Michael Hernandez RBI-single and a throwing error by Tomas Alastre.

But the Hoppers gave most of it back in the sixth, when the Suns banded together to cross the plate five times. Lazaro Alonso (2) made it 7-5 in the seventh with a homer to right field. Jones scored on a Hernandez RBI-single. Hagerstown scored three in the eighth to tie it, on a pair of home runs.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jared Brasher hit leadoff hitter Jones, then Hernandez hit a walkoff two-run homer for the win.

The Suns outhit the Hoppers, 13-to-12. Hernandez led Greensboro with three hits and four RBI. Alonso also had three hits. Jones finished with a double and a homer. Check this out for more.

Later

The Hammerheads will host the Tortugas at 6:30PM tomorrow in the final game of a three-game set.

At 7PM, Taylor Braley (1-2, 4.09) will take the hill for the Hoppers against the Suns in game three of a three-game series.

The Shuckers will host the Jumbo Shrimp at 7:35PM. Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 1.80) will continue his rehab assignment from the mound in game two of the five-game set.

At 8PM, the Baby Cakes will look to take game four of their four-game series against the Express. Ben Meyer (1-2, 2.30) will mount the bump for New Orleans.

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