Miami Marlins: Down on the Farm 5/4/18

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 5: JT Riddle #39 of the Miami Marlins throws to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium on July 5, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 5: JT Riddle #39 of the Miami Marlins throws to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium on July 5, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

The Miami Marlins made a game effort of it, but couldn’t overcome the four first-inning runs surrendered by Wei-Yin Chen.

In the end, the Marlins could only muster a single run, on a solo jack from ex-top-prospect Lewis Brinson. How did the Miami Marlins other prospects do? Read on to find out.


The Miami Marlins welcomed RHP Tyler Cloyd back from the paternity list after the birth of his third child, Faithlynn Mae. To make room, they sent LHP Dillon Peters to the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

LHP James Buckelew and SS Cito Culver were sent to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp from the Baby Cakes.

SS Mason Davis was sent to the Jupiter Hammerheads from the Jumbo Shrimp.

Triple-A Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 8, Omaha Storm Chasers 4

With 8,118 in attendance at Werner Park in Omaha, the Baby Cakes (13-15) doubled the Storm Chasers (11-17), 8-4.

JT Riddle, still in the midst of his rehabilitation assignment, collected three hits and three RBI. Isaac Galloway, Eric Campbell, Tomas Telis, and Austin Dean each had a pair of hits. The Cakes outhit the Chasers, 15-to-8.

Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 3.27) finished with a quality start, lasting seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Drew Rucinski gave up two runs in his inning of work, and Jacob Turner gave up one.

Omaha jumped out to an early lead with a first inning RBI-single from Hunter Dozier. The Cakes got it back in the third on Jonathan Rodriguez‘ (3) solo homer. The score would remain tied at one until the top of the sixth. That’s when the Baby Cakes blew the doors off of Werner Field.

After his third inning homer, Rodriguez endured the indignity of striking out for the first and the last out of the same inning. In between that, seven of eight batters reached base. Galloway hit a single, Magneuris Sierra followed with a single, then Campbell walked to load the bases. Riddle then hit a two-RBI-single. Cristhian Adames followed with an RBI-single, Chad Wallach struck out, and Tomas Telis hit an RBI-single. Dean hit a two-RBI-triple to make the score 7-1, Baby Cakes.

Riddle added an RBI-double in the seventh inning. The Chasers scored a pair of runs on a Rucinski wild pitch and a Dozier RBI-groundout in the eighth. They also scored in the ninth, on a Cam Gallagher RBI-single.

Double-A Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Biloxi Shuckers 6

Jacksonville (12-15) dropped a 6-4 final to the Shuckers (18-10) with 3,308 in the house at MGM Park.

The Shrimp scored all their runs in the third inning, taking a 4-0 lead on a Monte Harrison two-RBI-double and a Brian Schales two-RBI-single.

Elieser Hernandez, making a rehab start, struck out four in six innings. He allowed a Wendell Rijo (2) solo homer in the third and another Rijo shot in the fourth, a two-run job. In the bottom of the seventh, Lucas Erceg gave Biloxi the lead with a two-run homer of his own. Jake Gatewood added an RBI-double to seal the final score.

The Shuckers outhit the Shrimp, 10-to-7. Harrison, Schales, and Chris Diaz each finished with a pair of hits. Kolton Mahoney struck out three in two innings of shutout relief. Jose Quijada (0-2, 3.55) earned the loss by surrendering three runs on three hits in 1/3 of an inning.

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High-A Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Fort Myers Miracle 8

CenturyLink Sports Complex was the site of Fort Myers (13-15) 8-3 win against Jupiter (20-8). Along with the Hammerheads, there were 2,311 fans in attendance.

Sam Perez (1-1, 3.38) absorbed the loss by allowing five runs in two innings. He gave up four walks and five hits while striking out two. Alejandro Mateo surrendered three runs in four relief innings, on four hits and a walk. He struck out three batters. Vincenzo Aiello pitched the final two Jupiter innings, with a perfect line but no whiffs.

The Hammerheads spotted the Miracle a five-run lead before making their own dent on the scoreboard. John Silviano hit an RBI-single, and Brian Miller stole home a split-second before Silviano was caught stealing second.

The Miracle scored another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead. Jupiter scored one in the ninth on an Eric Gutierrez bases-loaded walk, but it was too little, too late.

Silviano led the way with three hits. Miller had two as the Miracle outhit the Sharks, 9-to-7.

Single-A South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 9, Greenville Drive 8

The Grasshoppers (15-11) survived an eight-run Greenville (5-23) inning to author a 9-8 walkoff triumph. There were 6,328 in attendance at First National Bank Field. Edward Cabrera started and allowed two runs in four 1/3 innings on six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Manuel Rodriguez relieved him and allowed four unearned runs in 2 1/3 innings. All eight runs scored in the fifth. Colton Hock (4-2, 2.86) earned the win, striking out three in two scoreless innings.

Jhonny Santos opened the scoring in the bottom of the second with an RBI-double. Lazaro Alonso hit another one in the bottom of the third for a 2-0 Hoppers lead.

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In the bottom of the sixth, trailing by an 8-2 count, the Grasshoppers mounted a comeback. Thomas Jones hit a one-out solo-homer. With two outs, Santos drew a walk, Zach Sullivan was hit by a pitch, then Jose Devers drew a walk to load the bases. Samuel Castro drew another walk, forcing in a run. Micah Brown singled home two, then Alonso doubled in another pair to tie the score at eight.

Michael Hernandez led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, then scored two batters later on Sullivan’s walkoff single.

Brown, Alonso, and Jones finished with a pair of hits each, as both teams racked up 11 hits.


The Miracle will host the Hammerheads tomorrow at 6PM. Robert Dugger (2-1, 3.14) gets the start in game two of the three-game series.

The Grasshoppers will again host the Drive, and entrust Brady Puckett (1-1, 1.97) to take the hill. First pitch is at 7PM for game two of the four-game set.

The Shuckers will host the Shrimp in game four of a five-game series starting at 7:35PM. Cody Poteet (2-1, 4.33) will get the start.

At 8:05PM, the Chasers will host the Cakes in the second game of a four-game series. Ben Meyer (1-2, 2.30) will mount the bump for New Orleans.

Next: Marlins Farm Report, 5/2/18

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